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Guide to choosing and buying the right sneakers online

Sneaker culture—the expanding ecosystem populated by high-fashion shoes, hyped-up collabs and billion-dollar resale platforms—can often feel impassable. Every week brings a new gotta-have-it shoe or three, and there has never been a better time to start grabbing your favourite pairs. 

However, even though the sneakers look good, they will still need to provide you with the necessary support. So before venturing into the options of the sneaker aisle, take a few minutes to understand your foot type and what kind of shoe will keep you on track. In addition, many sneaker stores offer gait analysis, where a specialist observes how your foot comes into contact with the ground. Finally, after you’ve identified the wants of your feet, browse our recommendations to find your new favourite kicks.

We have assembled this guide to the wild world of sneakers. We’ve got the lingo you need to cut through the confusion and a few tips to score the pairs that seem all too often out of reach. Lace ’em up!

How to choose the best sneakers?

Building your own sneaker collection is largely based on personal preferences, style and likes. There is no one-size-fits-all formula however, there are a few things that you can consider when making your purchase.

  • Budget

The price range of sneakers is far too wide. From affordable styles to high-end luxury pieces that rank high on price lists, there’s a range for everyone. Hence, how much you want to splurge on your kicks must be decided upon especially, if you’re a beginner.

  • Your needs

Considering why you need a pair and for what occasion helps narrow down the variety of options by loads. For instance, you might want to check out soft-cushioned trainers if you’re looking for a pair for the gym. Or shortlist some amazing, specifically designed running shoes for your every morning run. Are you looking for a rather casual pair for your everyday out-and-about errands or are you waiting for the limited edition drop by your favourite brand and artist?

  • Quality and comfort

Compromising on the quality and comfort for a style that’s trending now but might dwindle down soon is a big no. As essential as the look and the collab itself might be, comfort and durability are equally important factors to be taken into account.

  • Brand research

The sneaker market is flooded with distinguished brands offering a wide variety in both classic and eccentric designs. It is important to have your research in check about their different aspects like ratings, reviews, price point, popularity, quality and versatility.

  • Find your own footing

Oftentimes, many new releases and collaborations are surrounded by a lot of hype. Dedicated launch events and online raffles are hosted to celebrate the pair making the sneaker community go all gaga. While revelling during such times is great and a lot of fun, avoid giving in to it and buying something that you cannot afford or relate to. Instead, find your own style and build your own collection at your own pace, especially if you’re a novice learning the trade. There’s literally something for everybody and all kinds of sneakerheads out there.

  • Where to buy

When buying a branded pair, always make your purchase from official websites and offline stores of the brands, the multi-brand stores or authentic resellers. When buying limited edition pre-owned pieces, try genuine online marketplaces.

The ultimate guide to buying the best sneakers

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Guide to choosing and buying the right sneakers online

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