Adrift is a skate shop where you won't find that many boards. Instead, the focus here is shoes, clothing and other gear that can function as fashionable streetwear or give anyone the look of a full-blown skater.
Footwear ($60 to $180) from Adidas, Vans, Nike, Converse and New Balance line the shelves. Clothing from Dime, Polar, Raised by Wolves and Levi's are also on display in the form of hoodies, tees and jeans.
The small but well curated selection of hard goods includes bolts, bushings and bearings ($7+) as well as decks ($60 to $80) from brands like Adrift, Anti-Hero, Boys of Summer, Baker and more.
Skateboard culture is as much visual as it is physical so it makes sense that there's a store like Adrift that focuses more on the fashion aspect of the sport.
The shop has a dimly lit and calm vibe - the staff is friendly and it feels like the kind of place you can just hangout and chat about video games, music, art or the best local skateparks without any sales pressure.
Adrift has been around in the city for a long time - their original location was in Kensington Market - and have a history of being involved in the local skate community.
They regularly partner with the non-profit organization Toronto Skate Stop who work with the city on events and fundraisers. They also support the people behind Skate Loft, an indoor skatepark in East York that holds youth-oriented events and skate camps.
Photos by Jesse Milns