For those who think that today’s sneaker culture is still entirely a boys’ club, you’re sorely mistaken. Over the past few years, female designers have continued to carve out their own space in the male-dominated industry with their innovative footwear designs. Not only did Rihanna‘s PUMA creeper win the 2016 Shoe of the Year, but the singer-slash-designer is also the first-ever woman to receive the honor. If you’ve been keeping up with our footwear section, you’d also realize that brands have been dropping ladies-only sneakers one after another on a weekly basis. Now the question is, where are the best places to purchase women’s sneakers?
To make life easier for our girlfriends and sneaker enthusiasts alike, we now present the ultimate “Sole Searching” guide to shopping women’s exclusive kicks in different parts of the world. Our inaugural location is the East Coast of the United States, where we’ve discovered some of the best retailers of women’s sneakers in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and more. Read on to check out the entire list of our favorite stores.
Located on the Lower East Side, Extra Butter is one of the Big Apple’s most reputed sneaker and clothing boutiques. In addition to its extensive lineup of men’s sneakers, the store also carries a selection of women’s exclusive footwear styles. Whether it be Nike’s Air Huarache, Reebok’s Instapump Fury or the highly sought-after Rihanna x PUMA fur slides, you’ll be able to pick them up here.
Address: 125 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
To celebrate the launch of its own women’s apparel line, Ronnie Fieg’s KITH has opened up a NYC storefront tailored for the female shopper. Alongside the brand’s in-house clothing range is a comprehensive selection of women’s sneakers. Here you can expect to purchase special-edition kicks including the Missoni x Converse line, the adidas by Stella McCartney trainers and more.
Address: 64 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
First established in 2010, Nice Kicks has been the go-to shopping destination for Austin’s sneakerhead community. From the adidas Originals Stan Smith and the Nike Classic Cortez, to the Vans Slip-On and the New Balance 530, the store has got you covered with its vast collection of today’s hottest footwear silhouettes.
Address: 2815 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78705
Tucked away in the basement of Wish’s boutique in Atlanta is a beautifully curated sneaker department, which sees a handful of classic silhouettes covered by limited-edition colorways. Among the mix are the Careaux x PUMA collection, the Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Premium, as well as Rihanna’s PUMA x Fenty over-the-knee sneaker boot.
Address: 447 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307
Founded by Danny Waserstein in 2000, Shoe Gallery is a perfect, one-stop destination for shopping footwear and apparel. Keeping its female customers in mind, the Miami-based boutique carries a small selection of women’s exclusive sneakers including Three Stripes’ NMD_R1, PUMA’s Suede Classic, as well as New Balance’s 574 model.
Address: 244 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33132
Having opened its doors for over a decade, Bodega stocks a huge selection of footwear styles that all female sneakerheads and fashion enthusiasts will be able to appreciate. In addition to everyday silhouettes like the Nike Roshe Two and the Vans Sk8-Hi, the shop also sees a couple of highly popular options, such as the YEEZY military boot and RiRi’s unisex platform boot.
Address: 6 Clearway Street, Boston, MA 02115
As one of Philadelphia’s most beloved footwear boutiques, UBIQ seeks to provide the ultimate shopping experience to customers who are passionate about street subculture as well as the skate and hip-hop lifestyle. Available in the store is a variety of unique sneaker designs, including the ASICS GEL-Lyte V, the Diadora N.9000, the Nike Air Rift and more.
Address: 1509 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Rounding off our inaugural sneaker shopping guide is Lafayette’s Sneaker Politics, which carries a number of premium women’s exclusive sneakers like the Nike Air Presto, as well as the adidas UltraBOOST Uncaged and EQT Support 93. For those who prefer sportier silhouettes, you’ll also be able to find a handful of classics from Jordan Brand, such as the Air Jordan 1 Retro High.
Address: 131 Arnould Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506