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The Best Sneaker Shops in Toronto

Posted by Amy Michelle Smith / May 8, 2013

Sneakers TorontoThe best sneaker shops in Toronto isn't an easy list to compile in a city whose shopping epicentres seem to be growing and shifting at a rapid pace. Over the last few years, the city has witnessed a surge in menswear stores for the fashion-conscious gentleman, and as such, collector items (much more common in the men's fashion oeuvre) are becoming a hot commodity. In the lexicon of cult-like apparel and accessories, sneakers, above almost all other items of collectable clothing, reigns supreme.

Sure, there are baseball caps and Japanese denim. Maybe even concert tees and beat up Levi's. But the sneaker has most certainly become an ingrained part of our cultural history since they first stepped into the spotlight in the 1980s a la Air Jordan. Whether you're a skateboarder, basketball player or simply revel in the comfort and class of a slick new pair of kicks, sneaker culture is alive and well in Toronto.

Here's a list of the best sneaker shops in Toronto.

See also:

The best shoe stores in Toronto
The best skateboard shops in Toronto

SVP Sports

SVP Sports

SVP Sports specializes in athletic shoes, clothing and sports accessories. Their latest location at Queen and Augusta features a selection of seriously off-the-wall limited edition kicks, from Poodle-adorned Nike Hightops to neon-brite Vans sneakers. With a mix of utility and fashion sneakers as well as a wide array of official team hats and uniforms, SVP is a welcome addition to the Queen West neighborhood, giving a bit of a kick to the old fashion district. More »

Livestock

Livestock

Livestock first opened its doors in 2007, quickly making a name for itself as one of the few spots in Toronto to find exclusive, limited edition sneakers generally only available south of the border. With a wide selection of Nikes, Pumas and Adidas, what really sets Livestock apart is its wide range of lesser known brands like Acapulco Gold, The Hundreds and DBC, all favorites of serious sneaker collectors. Though grabbing a pair from Livestock may cost you a bit more than your local Foot Locker, the store's seasonal sales are well worth holding out for. More »

Capsule

Capsule

Carrying labels from the US, UK, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, Capsule is a go-to spot for street wear in Toronto. With brands such as Nike, Air Jordan, Converse, Vans, and New Balance, there are more than 250 different styles of footwear in the store. Specializing in unique, if not one-of-a-kind sneakers, Capsule has officially become the go-to midtown spot for the consummate sneaker-freak. More »

Get Outside

Get Outside

I've been frequenting Get Outside at Queen and Spadina (they also have an uptown location at 3456 Yonge St.) for as long as I can remember, having stocked up on everything from Birkenstocks for sleepover camp to Sperry's for dorm life. Get Outside has been keeping up with the footwear trends for decades. With a massive collection of Red Wings, Frye's, Vans, Chucks and so much more, this ever-expanding treasure trove is a quintessential Toronto pit-stop. You don't even have to go inside, as these sneaker pimps put displays right outside on the street. More »

Gravity Pope

Gravity Pope

Though perhaps not best known for its selection of sneakers, Vancouver's latest export Gravity Pope is useful for more than just designer duds and sky-high heels. Nestled within the holy grail of shoe sections are a selection of incredible limited edition sneakers for both men and women from the likes of Puma (collaborating with Alexander McQueen) Adidas (by Stella McCartney of course), Comme des Garcons, Converse and out of this world looks from Camper, Fred Perry and more. More »

Groovy

Groovy

Stepping into Groovy on a recent stroll along Queen West, I'm immediately transported back to my high school days when begging my poor mother to buy me a new pair of Converse low-tops and ska-print shoe laces was an annual occurrence. The shelves at Groovy have long been stocked with every style of sneaker a guy or gal could ask for, with a focus on skate-style kicks like Converse, Vans, Adidas, Pumas and my favorite, the Onitsuka Tiger classics. More »

Adrift Skate Shop

Adrift Skate Shop

Adrift Skate Shop, as the name may suggest, specializes in footwear and apparel for the skateboarding set. With skate-style making a big come back on the fashion scene, this underground haven next to Livestock just south of Richmond on Spadina is filled with footwear and apparel from some of the industries hottest brands. Classic styles from the big names like Nike, Adidas, Vans, Lakais and Converse are mixed in with limited edition styles I've yet to see anywhere else in the city. More »

So Hip It Hurts

So Hip It Hurts

So Hip It Hurts skate shop near Queen and John has been around for over two decades and has long been considered one of the best skate shops in North America. Carrying a seriously heavy stock of shoes, boards and apparel, SHIH has been frequented by the likes of Vanilla Ice, Adam Sandler and Kat von D. After a slick renovation in the early aughts, So Hip it Hurts continues to be a go-to for skate boarders, surfers and sneakerheads alike. More »

Blue Tile Lounge

Blue Tile Lounge

Blue Tile Lounge Skate Shop transplanted from Newmarket two summers ago, after making a name for itself as a purveyor of custom decks, apparel and accessories under their eponymous label. Their Toronto shop, located near College and Bathurst, is stockpiled with BTL items, as well as a slew of great names like Nike, Converse, Herschel, Lakai, DC and Converse. More »

Discussion

28 Comments

MeredithC / May 8, 2013 at 10:32 pm
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I saw a cat with his (probably) mom coming out of the second cup at bloor and ave wearing those adidas teddy bear camo shoes. Obviously he had just been to Capsule and wanted to wear them right out of the store. DUDE, keep those kicks in da box.
queen west / May 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm
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uh... where's champs and foot locker? this list sucks.
Mikey / May 9, 2013 at 09:17 am
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Wait so remind me again, since when were people still collecting sneakers??
Mikey replying to a comment from Mikey / May 9, 2013 at 09:17 am
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Didn't the closing of Goodfoot mark the end of that chapter of our noughties history?
kenny / May 9, 2013 at 09:57 am
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Groovy shoes is run/owned by a disorganized moron. Don't be surprised if your shoes happened to be stored in the bathroom next to the toilet downstairs of all things.
Sam / May 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm
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This might have been interesting ten years ago when sneakers still mattered. If you graduated high school before 2006 and are still wearing "collectible" sneakers your officially "that guy" in every crew who has stacks of nikes in their room in their mothers house but no job and shitty torn up clothes. get a life! the 90s are over bruh...
mike in parkdale / May 9, 2013 at 04:18 pm
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Who cares if someone buys sneakers for the sake of collecting them? I'd rather have a pair shoes I don't wear instead of a Norman Rockwell plate that you can't use for food.
Nick / May 9, 2013 at 06:45 pm
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AAAANNND cue everyone that doesnt give a shit about shoes chiming in for no reason. "Duhhh goodfoot closed so we don't like buying shoes anymore!" Somebody tell all the sneakerheads around the world that sneakers "don't matter" anymore according to 'Sam' who is everybodys source for ALL relevant goings on. The only people commenting on this thus far are herbs. Aside from MeredithC and Mike in parkdale
Dildoberry Crunch / May 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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Third the herb with the hairy chesticles. Since when do people that have stacks of shoes, stop caring about their clothes? Don Cheadle.
Mark P / May 11, 2013 at 09:32 pm
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SVP Sports is legit. The selection they have is always bumpin, and the atmosphere at the place is so casual and laid back. Love this place.
Sam replying to a comment from Nick / May 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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The only people commenting ont his thus far are herbs? Spoken like a true herb bruh. You attack the poster but you haven't given any credence to your argument that sneakers in fact do matter. I guess they still matter to you but thats cool I'm sure you'll recoup your investment one day when those Jordans appreciate in value, dont spend all 2 dollars in one place! Nick, your a male sarah jessica parker get off Nike's dick
Alonzo / May 13, 2013 at 12:11 am
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What up with all this hateraide sippers. Big ups SVP, y'all are #1 most def.
Tuli / May 13, 2013 at 12:40 am
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I collect Royal Doulton figurines - still better than a Norman Rockwell plate.
Nick / May 13, 2013 at 01:21 pm
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Sam - so i have to prove that sneakers matter to everyone?? Lol, yea i was just saying that sneakers are a thing for some people - obviously you are far too cool and have transcended such immature ranks and now choose to rag on everybody elses interests online as per most true herbs bruh. By the way Im not investing in anything aside from my appearance which doesn't stop at shoes because that makes no sense. I guess i am a male Sarah Jessica parker. I stay dipped in clothes and shoes and generally dont give af. So Thnx for that comparison although i look slightly less like a horse than her. Sidenote : i rock my kicks dont stock my kicks. To each their own i suppose - have fun hating everything.
Emily / May 13, 2013 at 02:17 pm
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Honestly though, who doesn't want to be Sarah Jessica Parker/ Carrie Bradshaw? That life is pretty spectacular and fab. Actually, seems like we know at least one dude that prefers to live the hater Torontonian life. Bruh is bout dat life.
sam replying to a comment from Nick / May 13, 2013 at 02:21 pm
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that you in the shorts nick?http://www.blogto.com/fashion_style/2011/08/street_style_at_the_exhibitikea_launch_party/
Nick / May 14, 2013 at 12:00 am
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@ Sam - Yea sure lol, thats me! Evidently you think that would be insulting in some way shape or form but I mean c'mon - ya gotta admit: that guy can wear a tie like a champ! Anywho, this reminder as to why I don't indulge in internet commentary has been fun - Thanks for that.
Boule replying to a comment from Sam / May 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm
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sneakers haven't lost traction, the aesthetic has changed and brands have evolved, but they still remain relevant, even more so now than 10 years ago. the only reason why they're irrelevant with you is that you only cared about them 10 years ago when you thought it was cool to collect sneakers, but like any late adopter, you only dabbled in a fad to be cool and once the people you looked up to moved on, so did you. the 90's are over.. and sneaker heads from the 90's own storage units for their shoes and hold down good jobs to support this hobby or whatever else might interest them.

nobody is ragging on you for forking out $400 for floor seats at an mma fight, or buying the discography of every coachella act on itunes are they? nobody is saying anything about your huffington post regurgitated anecdotes of current events, or that your facebook and instagram is all content taken from le meme and brown cardigan. i bet all those people at the ikea exhibit dress better than you... and you're sitting at home in a dirty hanes tee, slippers, and old navy shorts laughing at everyone for wanting to look good (whatever their style may be) and feel good, because you're above all of that. also, nobody invited you cus you dress like shit bra
sam replying to a comment from Boule / May 20, 2013 at 07:35 pm
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dude i have no idea what you just said but if you fork out 400 for mma fights or buy the coachella discography then people are definitely ragging on you. and why the hate for ikea? had some trouble assembling your sneaker display shelf? I never collected sneakers I wore them and then got new ones like a normal person nice try "bra"
Matt / May 23, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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I suggest the trip up to Yonge & Lawrence to Get Outside's other location. More relaxed and you can take your time.
Don / June 1, 2013 at 11:20 am
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Does svp sports sell fake stuff? Why are some of their prices outrageously cheap?
Garneau / June 18, 2013 at 07:43 am
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Gravity Pope is an export of Edmonton, not Vancouver.
Djd33k@yahoo.com / June 28, 2013 at 11:35 am
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Talking sh*t about sneaker heads then typing out "bruh" makes you look like an Internet troll. Gotta turn that "swag" down a bit, bruh. People like what they like, otherwise there wouldn't be these stores. Also, leave herb back in the 90s with the rest of your vocab you picke up from your big bros Source magazines.
Ricardo / August 13, 2013 at 11:23 am
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The article is titled 'Best Sheaker Shops in Toront'. You've grown up and moved on from sneakers. Why read it? You must have more important things to do. Grow up. Get a life.
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Chiquita / December 14, 2013 at 09:25 pm
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Awesome blog you have here but I was curious if you knew of
any community forums that cover the same topics discussed in this article?
I'd really love to be a part of community where I can get suggestions
from other knowledgeable individuals that share the
same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
Thank you!
James / December 15, 2013 at 12:26 am
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I don't get the outrage and dismissal in the comments for this article. People are going to keep wearing sneakers because they're great casual shoes. Interesting and fashionable designs will continue to be released. Foot Locker generally carries only the standard sneakers from the biggest brands, so this list of stores that carry more than Foot Locker's mainstream selection is useful and relevant to many people.
kiran / April 15, 2014 at 02:54 am
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i heard that there are number of good sneaker shops in Toronto/ can anyone tel me which one is the best

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