Whether your taste alternates between a classic pair of minimalist white no name high tops or an especially awesome to behold, insanely impractical pair of Zanotti kicks with chains and studs, here are the best sneaker stores in Vancouver to source that perfect pair to wear no matter your budget or taste level.
Nordstrom in CF Pacific Centre Mall
Nordstrom houses one of the largest shoe and sneaker selections downtown and currently the men’s department is hyping 1007 items are ‘The Best Spring Shoes under $100’. This does include (a-hem) Birkenstocks but most are casual, canvas and leather kicks are by adidas, TOMS, Timberland, ASICS, Brooks, Vans, and Converse by John Varvatos. Customer service is top notch and you can hit any of the three in-store eateries afterwards.
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Harry Rosen in CF Pacific Centre Mall
Harry Rosen has a special room for designer sneakers which are coveted by men with slick, city style and a daring heart or too much Euro arrogance. This mens only store offers a luxurious line-up of high-top and low-top sneakers that unite utilitarian and modern aesthetics with the biggest designers in menswear. Now stocking Maison Margiela, BOSS, Moncler, Ferragamo, Versace, Tod’s and the ultimate ‘Best in Show’ – Giuseppe Zanotti.
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LiveStock in Chinatown & Kitsilano
Livestock is known for their crack customer service and wide selection of sizes. Catering to true sneakerheads, they are digitally savvy and their online shopping system is killer. Carrying the latest offerings of hard-to-find Nike, Reebok, Puma, and Jordan’s is just second nature to this homegrown company.
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J2 Sneakerbox in Metrotown
The interior of the JS represents like a high-tech mausoleum from an episode of CSI Las Vegas or perhaps a black shrine to ultra-lux sneakers that would feel at home in Seven. Bow down to the likes of McQueen, Religion, Native Youth, Boy London, Puma and Adidas + Raf Simons and Rick Owens. There are currently four locations in the city catering to men, women and the wee ones.
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The Corner Store on Main Street
Conceived and opened almost a decade ago under the sign Complex Vancouver, The Corner Store is all grown up now and has moved to the corner of Main & 10th. Stocking men and women’s classics such as Jordan, Nike, Stussy, and Stampd LA, TCS knows how to keep customer satisfied.
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As the largest national retailer of sporting goods, footwear and apparel in Canada, SportChek is ever expanding (new location on Robson opening soon). They offer every piece of sporting equipment imaginable, more than enough exuberant philosophy to get people moving but sometimes you just need a great sale on a pair of kicks. They’ve got hundreds of pairs under $75.
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Nice Shoes – Fraser Street
Nice Shoes is Vancouver’s only 100% vegan shoe and accessories store that is independently owned and is very selective in the brands that are carried in-store. Materials include canvas, waxed canvas, faux suede, and pleather, and are currently carrying cruelty-free footwear by Avalon (by TOMS), Etnies, Emerica, Native, STRIKE Movement, Tretorn, Generic Surplus plus more. Full selection available online.
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Army and Navy – East Side
With pricing ranging from $20 to $60, anyone can walk into Army & Navy and walk out in a pair of pretty cool sneakers. Air Balance, K-Swiss, Tretorn and Dickie’s, sometimes up to size 15, for the guys and Skechers, Dickies and Vita Trainers for the gals hitting size 10+.
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B2 (Browns) in CF Pacific Centre
If your heart desires sneakers of all colours, patterns, textures – think studded, quilted, distressed, rubberized and waxed – B2’s eye-candy starts with Michael Michael Kors, Puma, Lacoste, Converse, Kenzo and ends with Y-3 and Guiseppe Zanotti. Even the B2 in-house line has some interesting shapes and soles.
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Zelen Shoes – Granville Street
Zelen is a tiny family shop overshadowed by its neighbours choice of commando military themed graffiti painted exterior. While Camouflage may be interesting to tourists, Zelen is 100% Canadian-owned. They offer a diverse selection of sneakers for the whole family. Fred Perry, Converse, Native, Ked’s, and Vans in canvas, leather, and rubber, makes for great all season selection.
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Whether you are going to die in your Chuck Taylor’s or sloppily pass-out in Guiseppe’s after too much Patron, it is important to ensure you have proper arch support and strong ankle lacing when you go down!