It is no secret that the key to elevating a simple outfit is a pair of eye catching and trendy sneakers. Whether you are looking to buy tennis shoes, a new pair of runners for your daily jogs or want in on the new Nike x Stussy collab, the increasingly growing shoe market can be overwhelming and confusing to navigate. Especially as shopping trends shift towards the vast online world, the possibility of getting your hands on the latest sneaker releases can be both more accessible and more difficult.
This struggle can become even worse living in Toronto, where it may feel as though online sneaker stores are limited to options south of the border or overseas. As stores such as Endclothing and Stadium Goods remain hot destinations for sneakerheads to cash out on, these options often leave Canadians out of luck when it comes to dealing with duty fees or lengthy shipping arrangements. Therefore, to eliminate this unnecessary burden, here is a list highlighting all the top and up-to-date Canadian-based sneaker stores to shop at.
Located in Montreal and founded in 2003, SSENSE is a company with no shortage of luxury items and streetwear. Carrying over 500 brands, SSENSE is a game changer when it comes to it’s diversity and inclusivity in the world of sneakers and clothing. With a minimalistic and edgy layout, the website makes it easy to navigate through brands such as Nike, Adidas, New Balance and Reebok. They also feature an abundance of higher end brands including Balenciaga, Raf Simmons and Vetements. In addition, the website includes an editorial archive that keeps consumers in the loop with all things art, culture, fashion and music. If you have an eye for a combination of streetwear, luxury and avant-garde sneakers, then this e-commerce store is the place for you.
Toronto’s very own capsule is a staple boutique when it comes to supplying Torontonians with the latest limited streetwear apparel and sneakers. With an e-commerce store along with two locations–one in the heart of Yorkville and one in downtown Markham–Capsule is known for its exclusive and vintage inventory featuring brands such as Fear of God, Comme des Garçons, New Balance and Nike. With part of the store website devoted to counting down towards upcoming sneaker releases, it is safe to say the company caters towards individuals looking to get their hands on hard to find, valuable prices.
Continuing the trend of high-end, sought after sneakers, Plus Shop is the definition of luxury streetwear. With a location in Yorkdale and Square One, Plus does not shy away from the most desirable and hyped-up street wear lines. Sneakers include brands from OVO, Travis Scott, Supreme, Yeezy, Nike, Adidas and Jordan. If you are interested to make large investments on luxury streetwear then there isn’t much else to say other than this is the place for you.
Founded in 2017, Hotbox is a new, yet dominant force within the Toronto sneaker scene. Hosting over 30 sneaker brands, Hotbox not only sells sneakers but operates through a buy, sell and trade model: customers can bring in new or used items in exchange for a fair price or a trade. As shoes are 100% authenticated, Hotbox is known for its rare selection and reasonably-priced goods. For example, a collection of Jordan 1s beginning at $200 – a fair price for one of the most sought after sneakers in 2020. Whether you are looking to restore some value into a treasured pair of Nikes or want to snatch a pair of Yeezys for a good deal, Hotbox has become an essential location for almost any Toronto sneakerhead.
Lastly, it wouldn’t be right to conclude this list without mentioning Canada’s very own iconic Livestock boutique. Founded all the way back in 2003, Livestock is a no-brainer when it comes to one of the top Canadian sneaker stores to shop at. With two locations in Toronto, Livestock carries brands such Adidas, Puma, Salomon and Reebok. It does not limit itself to sneakers as the store also sells a wide range of accessories and apparel. Providing free shipping to Canada with orders over $50, Livestock keeps Canadian consumers free from any shipping burdens.