Sneakers have become a genre of shoe in itself. Sneaker culture as we know it today began in the 20’s when Adi Dasler created Adidas and it has since branched off into a colourful and crazy world of its own. You have other older brands like Superga or Chuck Taylor that are still popular in their original form today, while brands like Nike and New Balance continuously innovate statement sneakers. One-upmanship is a classic hallmark of ‘Sneakerhead’ culture, some of the latest being Nike Air Max’s Golf “Grass” shoe that is covered in an AstroTurf. 

You might be a full-blown sneaker collector or just looking for a clean new pair of converse, either way, these are the top places in Perth to find them:

Highs & Lows

One of the first boutique sneaker stores to hit Perth, High’s & Low’s continue to bring the goods. Curating a global range of menswear and streetwear from cult brands like Call Me 917 and Patta, they’re also well known for staying ahead of the curve in the world of shoes, whether it’s their pumped-up Nike Ghost Racer’s or the rainbow paddle-pop coloured Adidas Ultraboost 19. 

Culture Kings 

With over 100 brands and an extensive cult following, Culture Kings is a nightclub-sized streetwear outlet that boasts 1,000+ styles of headwear, 3,000 styles of apparel and 600+ styles of footwear. For the Sneakerheads, you’ll find all your staple brands, from Adidas, Nike, Reebok and Jordan. With a barbershop inside and some of Perth’s best RnB DJ’s spinning vinyl inside, it’s a must visit. 

Hypnotise

If streetwear is your thing but you’re tired of seeing the same mainstream brands everywhere, then Hypnotise on William Street will be a refreshing diversion. Stocked entirely with lesser known designers with cult followings, like Opening Ceremony, Damir Doma and Dim E Cres. For Sneakerheads that like to keep their footwear minimal but interesting, they stock brands like Maison Margiela that re-envision the simple tennis shoe with platform wide toothed soles. Their collaboration between Adidas and Rick Owens is another example, turning a plain black or white shoe into something that looks like it belongs in a museum for modern architecture. 

Lessons

If you shudder at the thought of seeing everyone wearing the same sneakers as you, Lessons is the place to shop. Stocking exclusive contemporary and luxury designer wear on Wellington Street in Perth, Lessons bring streetwear from Versace, Off-White and Amiri. Their range of statement shoes are made to stand out, each one with a unique personality of its own and price bracket only for the most dedicated of Sneakerheads. 

Lo Fi

Sitting pretty on Howard Street, Lo-Fi is a skate store home to a range of international and independent designer brands, including their own self-titled label Lo-Fi. As a skate label they naturally have an extensive range of Vans to choose from, along with brands that like Clarkes Originals, Rassvet and DC. The clean fit out in Howard Street celebrates skate culture with an inspiring interior of art, a bookshelf and a wall of colourful skateboard decks. 

Cabinet Noir

Newly located in Raine Square, Cabinet Noir is a streetwear utopia that call themselves an “undefined concept store.” While the don’t want to subscribe to any labels, Cabinet Noir seem to love a pop-culture collaboration, especially when it comes to footwear. From their Lacoste x Keith Haring capsule collection, ASICS x Vivienne Westwood and even a Vans Sk8-Hi Platform inspired by David Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust. You’ll also find well-loved designer brands like the cult Japanese label Comme des Garçons and Human Made.

Looking for more? Read about Perth's unique shops or where to find Perth's best athleisure stores.