With Philadelphia’s recent ascension into one of the best shopping cities in the world and the city’s reputation for grit and coolness, it’s no surprise that Philly’s sneaker scene has expanded at hyper speed.
Philly has a flourishing number of independent sneaker boutiques and consignments. Some, like Ubiq, have become mainstays in the national sportswear conversation.
Others, like the newer Lapstone & Hammer and ReUp Philly, are newly minted hidden gems, adding a fresh dimension to the city’s shoe scene.
The top sneaker shops in Philly, below.
This Walnut Street shop goes far beyond selling sneakers and streetwear. The store often collaborates with brands like Vans and, most recently, K. Swiss, and hosts intimate parties with renowned artists like Ron English, on top of carrying the hottest sneaker brands and releases.
South Street’s sneaker shop Suplex collects rare and retro kicks on consignment. The shop has carved a niche with local collaborations like the “Killa Bart” collab with MVH Philly and their uber successful seasonal sales. Head there to cop pricey exclusives like the Nike "Galaxy”" Foamposites.
ReUp Philly opened in fall 2015 in Passyunk, bringing South Philly into the shoe game. Don’t have a spare $2,000 to cop those Yeezys you’ve been eyeing? Well, you can try your luck on the boutique’s $5 per play claw game, stocked with Yeezys and beyond. If you’re less of a gambler, take a pick from the shop’s hundreds of Adidas, Sauconys, Air Jordans and more.
Lapstone & Hammer
Lapstone & Hammer burst onto Philly’s retail scene less than a year ago and came out swinging with a limited edition Divine Lorraine capsule collection of sportswear, Chuck Taylor’s and home décor. The chic Market East shop is a shoe lover’s dream, carrying the usual suspects and lesser known brands like Filling Pieces.
Lapstone & Hammer
Another new kid on the block, Common Ground opened in late 2015 on Walnut Street. Common Ground is a to-the-point sneaker consignment with rows and rows of Nikes, Vans and Miason Margiela kicks. More than just sneaker and sweatshirts, though, they even stocked some Kylie Jenner lip kits for the lady sneakerheads.
P’s & Q’s
This South Street shop strays from traditional sneakers and has something for the stylish urban outdoorsman. The unique selection includes a limited-release collab between streetwear brand The Hundreds and Timberland, as well as Tretorn rain boots. The store is really known, though, for its offering of high-quality clothing, accessories and grooming needs, and recently opened P’s & Q’s for Her at 1018 Pine Street.