TOP SIX SNEAKER SHOPS

CAPSULE

#108-29 Bellair Street / #104-69 Yorkville Avenue / #M102-179 Enterprise Boulevard

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PHOTO CRED: CAPSULE

With two locations in the swanky Yorkville neighbouhood and a brand new location in Markham, Capsule http://www.capsuletoronto.com/ is the number one destination for those hard to score Jordans you’ve been eyeing. Looking for retro Jordans? Air Jordan Retro Championship Trophy. Air Jordan 5 Retro OG. Air Jordan 14 Retro. Air Jordan 1 Retro High. They have ‘em all. As if you needed more – they carry tons of clothing brands including Arc’Teryx Veilance, Retrosuperfuture, Lexdray, Kuumba and Jason Markk that you won’t find in any Footlocker or Champs.

 

GETOUTSIDE

437 Queen Street West / 3456 Yonge Street

Get Outside

Photo Cred: Getoutside

Converse. Puma. Vans, oh my. Possibly the most variety in all of the shops I visited was at the Getoutside in the heart of the Fashion District on Queen West. A crowd favourite is always the classic Chuck Taylor and with a wall covered with every hue imaginable, this is undoubtedly the spot for any Converse die hard. Although, the sickest pair on the shelf was one that I had only ever seen online. Chuck Taylor All Star Andy Warhol Brillo High Top – this shoe is EVERYTHING! A shoe that celebrates the 20th century’s most genius pop artist is the perfect fit for me.

 

Livestock

116 Spadina Avenue / 406 Roncesvalles Avenue

Livestock

Photo Cred: The Hundreds

Vancouver natives, Livestock brings sneakerhead shoe culture to Toronto. With 2 locations in the six, one in the Fashion District and one in Roncy, Livestock is proud of the diversity which Toronto represents and passionate about supporting local streetwear brands. Minimalist décor, which was not by chance but rather to make the shoes and other product the hero, sets a very contemporary, urban vibe while you shop. From Nike and New Balance to Adidas and Puma, whether you’re shopping for a shoe to run you through a marathon or walk you through the city, this shop has everything.

Check out the pride Livestock takes in this city:

 

 

SVP SPORTS

468 Queen Street West / 1033 Edgeley Boulevard / Other Warehouse Locations Too

SVP Queen

Awesome shoes for less! Located on Queen West (as well as in Vaughan), SVP is a large two floor athletics shop catering to every athlete from soccer, basketball, golf, running and skateboarding as well as everything in between. Although carrying the newest arrivals and latest lines, they offer deep discounts on out of season product. For classics like Adidas Stan Smiths or Superstars that never go out of style, be sure to price check here before you take the plunge elsewhere.

 

 

BLACKTOE RUNNING INC.

 

Photo Cred: blogTO

For all the runners, whether marathoner or light jogger, BlackToe Running Inc. will keep you decked out in the latest in running fashion. Get tips on running groups and marathon training all while shopping at this trendy King West shop. Carrying the best in training gear from Saucony and Salming to Asics and Brooks, their helpful staff (who are all avid runners) can give you the best advice on the most comfortable fit for you.

 

 

Haven

145 Berkeley Street

If you choose fashion over function, head over to Haven to grab the hautest sneakers in the city. Get your hands on brands fresh off the runway like Yeezy, Comme des Garcons and visvim at their Queen East location. If fashion collabs are your thing, Haven has the newest including Converse First String Jack Purcell x Hancock Signature Hi Taupe, Chuck Taylor All Star Missoni ’70 Eclipse and First String x Woolrich Chuck Taylor 1970. With a bright white, light filled showroom, complementing your new shoes with a full outfit will have you feeling you just left fashion week.

Fellow sneakerheads, do you know hidden gem in the Six that I’ve missed? I would love to hear about it.
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