The 5 Best Independent Sneaker Retailers Online

One of the best things in the sneaker world is the sneaker boutique. These specialty shops offer a place for collectors to socialize with other sneakerheads and, of course, buy shoes. Every major city has their brick and mortar locations, but for those off the beaten path, online shopping is pretty much the only way to score the hottest kicks. Let’s take a look at five of the best online sneaker shopping destinations based in the United States, where you can always expect to find a great selection of authentic sneakers at fair prices. Keep in mind that we'll be leaving out each footwear brand’s official online store and the mall-based chains like Foot Locker and Finish Line in favor of the best independent online sneaker shops.

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Concepts Homepage

Boston, Massachusetts based boutique Concepts is one of the world’s greatest sneaker destinations. On top of being one of the best boutiques with a selection ranging from skate shoes to high-end designer sneakers, each year Concepts crafts some of the best collaborations with brands like New Balance and Nike SB—which are sought-after across the world. Fortunately for all of us not in the Boston area, Concepts also runs one of the best online sneaker shops, as well. Whether you’re looking for a $50.00 pair of Vans or a $795.00 pair of Maison Martin Margiela High Tops, Concepts has you covered. More »

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Kith Homepage

Founded by sneaker world celebrity and designer Ronnie Fieg, Kith is one of New York City’s best sneaker shops. With locations in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, Kith also runs a top-notch online shop. At KithNYC.com you can expect to find all of the latest and greatest sneakers from basic to high-end. It’s also the only place online to purchase the exclusive and extremely limited collaborative sneakers designed by Fieg with brands like ASICS, New Balance, and PUMA—unless you plan on paying quite a bit more for the highly sought-after collabs on the resale market, that is. More »

Packer Shoes

Packer Shoes has been in the footwear retail business since 1907, so you know they must be doing something correctly. Originally established in Yonkers, New York, their current Teaneck, New Jersey brick and mortar location has been a destination for East Coast sneakerheads for years now. Just like the physical shop, you can always expect the Packer online store to be packed with the latest sneakers from all the major brands. It’s also the only place you’ll find their high caliber and expertly executed collab shoes with brands like ASICS and Reebok. More »

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The Premier Store

With a physical shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Premier is one of the best independent online sneaker retailers with a big focus on skate shoes. Stocking all the core skate brands that most athletic sneaker based shops don’t carry like Emerica, Supra, ​Adidas Skateboarding, and Nike SB, you’ll also find the usual boutique brands like ASICS, Saucony, New Balance, and Nike Sportswear. Premier is also great because they will have many of the latest sneakers in stock and ready for purchase before you can find them anywhere else. More »

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With three locations in Louisiana, Sneaker Politics is one of the South’s best sneaker destinations, especially when it comes to their online sneaker game. Contemplating buying a certain pair of shoes online, but need a better look at them before you decide? I suggest heading over to the Politics online shop to see if they’re in stock because they have some of the most crisp, detailed sneaker photography on the web. Great photos, a wide selection of the hottest new sneakers, and an always-abundant sale selection all add up to one of the best online sneaker shops out there. More »