In the past few months, Jess would arrive at my doorstep to see the things she loved the most: my shoes. Sneakers, to be exact. She loved going over my closet because we were the same shoe size, and she could easily walk out the door wearing another pair – with my permission, of course. Once, she saw me in a cream, flower-embroidered leather sneaks which she obviously ogled at, and that snapped the cord. “Where did you get them?” She asked me, and I sat down to give her the list. I'm putting it down here for everyone to see – so, you know, you don't have to rummage someone else's sneaker collection and start making your own.
UK online brand ASOS isn't just known for their fast fashion finds; they've got a monstrous gallery of shoes, including sneakers (trainers, folks, in the British lingo). With the company offering free shipping all over the world, you're missing out on the deals, especially when they carry unique selections, such as classic Buffalo low-tops, feminine Ted Bakers and old-school Supergas. If you're shopping on a budget, head to Outlet and get discounted finds. The store carries an amazing curation of shoes – even throwing in their own designs in the mix.
If you're looking for a bit of luxe, head to Farfetch. Their designer collection bears highly-coveted sneakers like crystal-embellished Guccis, Fendi sock boots to Adidas x Alexander Wang. Prices range from $200 to $1000, so prepare for the hefty price. That's okay, though. Sneaker lovers consider their kicks as treasures.
Want to deviate from the mainstream luxe? Then go to Ssense. The funky online store stars independent designers who love rebelling against the mainstream. Another plus? Their website greets you like editorial columns that scream with thought-provoking fashion content. What you'll find there: Miu Miu bedazzled sneakers, Star-stamped Saint Laurent, Classic whites from Bottega Veneta and Kiko Kostanidov's collaboration with Asics.
Kith lays it out in the open: they're a straightway sportswear shop, and sneakers are their thing. You'll find shoes posted in their full product-shot glory - not the minimal white background - which adds a sort of playfulness to the shopping experience. Here is where you'll find your athletic favourites: Nikes, R13, EYTYS, Vans and Adidas. Their sneaker series is more of a curation instead of a collection, but their handpicked items are so worth the look!
Luring you away from the common, Très Bien, a fashion retailer from Sweden, dishes out rare sneaker collections from both established and emerging lines. Here's where you'll find all-things unique: Adidas Consortium collaborations, Reebok Daytona, Yeezy, uncommon Converses, and Tomo & Co, among others. Enjoy gaping over their colourful curation that reflects the quiet Swedish DNA, perfect for the minimalist sneaker wearers.
Love old school? Then you'll definitely love Dover Street Market. This stockist carries classic favourites in their Sneaker Space, from the beloved Chucks to the checkered Vans specials. Don't miss out on their star-studded line-up, such as Adidas by Pharrell Williams, Raf Simons, New Balance x Junya Watanabe, Common Project for men and women, Fronteer, and Puma.
If you want a mix of all these sneaker shops in one place, it would be Mr Porter. This is the spot to get exclusive Brunello Cuccinelli in suede and Gucci's classic Rhyton Striped Sneaks. The store combines luxury and independent brands, letting your jaw drop with the spectrum of choices you could wear on your feet. Watch out for their seasonal series – they don't last long, so grab them when you can.