Sneakers are serious business.
Nike sells 25 pairs every second. People have shed blood over limited-edition releases. Rappers continue to name-drop their kicks in their rhymes. In other words, people are absolutely crazy about sneakers.
Sneaker culture is also alive and well (and thankfully tame) in Singapore, if the recent introduction of conventions like Sneaker Con, Culture Cartel and Street Superior are any indication. You could also just look around you and see that almost everyone has a pair on, sneakerhead or not.
Sneakers are perhaps the most democratic type of shoes in existence. There are classic trainers, technical sport shoes, hype-worthy designer collaborations and everything else in between. And just like there are a myriad of shoes to choose from, there are just as many sneaker stores in Singapore for you to cop a new pair from.
Here, we listed down all the best sneaker boutiques in the city to check out, depending on your agenda. Happy shopping.
If you’re looking for designer sneakers
Now that luxury fashion has more or less adopted everything streetwear, there are iterations of runners being unveiled by designer labels every week. There’s a good mix of them at Pedder On Scotts, which carries brands like Balenciaga and Stella McCartney. Some of the more noteworthy designs from the store’s offerings are the Maison Margiela Tabi sneakers and the JW Anderson x Converse Run Star Hike high-tops. Bonus: Pedder On Scotts is the only shoe store in Singapore where you can find designs by VEJA, the Parisian sustainable footwear brand taking over the streets at Fashion Week.
For something edgier, head to Dover Street Market Singapore. The multi-label store founded by Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo features only the coolest fashion brands and streetwear labels. The Dempsey store also has a dedicated Sneaker Space, displaying the latest sneaker collaborations from the likes of Craig Green, Undercover and, of course, Commes des Garçons.
Surrender, likewise, spotlights an array of streetwear labels. Their sneaker collection boasts designs from Japanese label Neighbourhood, Los Angeles brand Palm Angels, and the highly sought-after Adidas x Raf Simons collaboration. You can also pop by the Off-White flagship store right next door and get yourself a pair of Virgil Abloh’s signature slogan kicks.
If you’re looking for sport shoes
Sneakers may be a symbol of cool today, but they were first created for more practical reasons. The shoes’ alternative names, “runners” and “trainers”, are pretty self-explanatory. Athletes and fitness buffs will find footwear heaven at JD Sports, which offers specialised sports trainers and football boots from Nike, Adidas, Jordan, Reebok and many more. The ION Orchard store also features exclusive colourways, so be sure to check it out if you’re looking for something to show off the next time you hit the gym.
Hoops Factory, as its name suggests, is your go-to for basketball shoes. Iconic designs by Nike, Adidas and Under Armour are all available at the store in Kallang Wave Mall, as well as newer, equally technical performance sneakers by brands like Peak, McDavid and Molten. Basketball pro or no, fans of the sport can also get excited over the store’s selection of jerseys and accessories.
If you’re looking for trendy kicks
Sneaker trends come and go. If you’re looking to stay on top of them, get yourself the perfect pair to flaunt for a month at Foot Locker. You can find outlets all across the country, such as Tampines, Jurong and even Changi Airport. FILA, Vans, Converse and New Balance are just some of the various brands whose latest styles are offered in several colours. For the ultimate street cred, cop a pair Nike Air Force 1 sneaks or Adidas Stan Smiths stocked exclusively at Foot Locker stores.
Leftfoot was one of the first sneaker stores in Singapore to cater to the cool kids. Since 2003, it has consistently curated the newest and most trendy sneaker styles at its locations at The Cathay and Cineleisure. Head there to shop limited edition pieces by Vans, New Balance, Nike and Converse.
Italian sportswear retailer AW Lab boasts four locations here: Suntec City Mall, Tampines 1, Westgate and Wisma Atria. There, you can shop an array of sneakers from over 20 international brands, as well as exclusive tie-ups with sportswear brands like Adidas and Puma. Sneakerheads can also flock to AW Lab stores to get their hands on a pair of limited edition Yeezys.
If you want a unique shopping experience
Limited Edt offers, well, limited edition sneakers from the US and the UK, but its biggest draw is its several concept stores. With themed outlets at Orchard, VivoCity, Marina Bay Sands, sneakerheads can get lost in Limited Edt’s one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Basketball enthusiasts can head to the Ball Park at 313@ Somerset, a store adorned with the sport’s paraphernalia. At the Underground store in VivoCity, they can get sucked into its vault-like interior, which houses the biggest collection of sneakers in a single store in Singapore.