So you’ve spent lots of hours cultivating fantastic outfits using the tips we’ve provided here. You know how to wear a shirt that fits correctly. You understand how to wear cologne. You even studied up on layering properly.
But something still feels missing! As nice as your clothing looks and feels now, your outfit may need a unique element that makes it truly special—perhaps a pair of rare sneakers that not just anyone walking down the street would be wearing.
You’ve saved your money and you’re ready to make an investment. Since such sneakers are rare and hard to find, you can’t just run out to your local sneaker shop and snag a pair. Rather, you’ll want to look to specialized retailers to find the right kicks for you. Here are some of the best sites and online retailers for special sneakers.
StockX isn’t technically a website just for selling sneakers, as the website also serves as a place to find streetwear, handbags, and watches. But it seems like sneakers are where a lot its business comes from, and you can find all kinds of rare sneakers from a wide range of brands here. Think of it like eBay, but with a much narrower scope.
2. Flight Club
Flight Club has been a leader in selling rare sneakers since 2005, so the consignment website (and New York-based store) certainly knows what it’s doing. Whether you’re looking for a pair of Nike Dunk SB Lows from 2010 or some retro Jordan sneaks, you should be able to find them on Flight Club.
Stadium Goods is a somewhat newer consignment website, having opened its doors in 2015. Since then, though, the website has grown exponentially. Looking for a pair of $50,000 Air Jordan 11 Jeter sneakers? This site happens to have a pair in stock in size 10.5. Of course, there are more reasonably-priced sneakers from Nike, ADIDAS, New Balance, and just about every brand you can think of.
4. Holy Grail
Holy Grail has a really solid selection of rare sneakers that should tickle the fancy of the even the most hardened collectors. Like most sites, they offer a massive selection of Air Jordan kicks. There’s also tons of Nike SBs, Yeezys, and even rare Vans available. It’s definitely worth checking this shop out, as they do seem to have the holy grail of rare sneakers available (depending what your personal holy grail is).
When all else fails, there’s always one place you can go to find just about anything, and that place is eBay. Many of the shops above have a presence on eBay, and there are tons of smaller resellers on there looking to move rare sneakers. The biggest issue with eBay compared to websites like the ones above is it’s not as easy to browse for random rare sneakers. You’ll pretty much need to know what model you’re looking for. Though there is a Collectible Sneaker section, which makes browsing at least somewhat possible. Even if you’re planning to buy from a site like StockX or Holy Grail, you may want to check eBay to make sure you’re paying a fair price.
Google won’t sell you a pair of rare sneakers, but if you search for rare sneaker shops, you might find that there’s a specialized sneaker store in your area. For example, I found a really well-stocked shop less than an hour from my house, and I live in a rural part of Connecticut. If you live in a big city, you’re almost certain to have a rare shop in your area!
If the Shoe Fits, Buy It!
When it comes to sneakers, boring off-the-shelf models just aren’t enough for some people. And that’s why these websites need to be in your bookmarks. Next time you want to treat yourself to something special, pick up a pair of these rare sneakers. Just make sure you don’t get a spec of dirt on them!