Hong Kong’s best sneaker shops
The epitome of skateboard culture, this is the place for limited-edition sneakers and awesome skateboards. 8Five2 has been kicking it since 1999, back when it was Hong Kong’s only authentic streetwear and skateboard shop. Today, it houses the best skate brands and maintains an avid passion for the city’s constantly evolving street culture. Along with shopping at the store, you can also sign up for events and news to keep up with the skateboarding scene.
The mecca for fans of Jordans, this multi-floor store happens to be Asia’s largest Jordan-only store, so you can trust it to stock a major collection of exclusive and limited-edition footwear from Nike. The Air Jordan Store also takes it to the next level with its wear-test area, where shoppers can try their potential new sneakers through basketball drills and moves with the help of videos displayed on a digital wall. There are tons of perks for members including custom t-shirts and preregistration to buy Jordan Brand products. Make sure to grab a selfie with the giant wall display of the Air Jordan Gold collection – each pair of sneakers numbered from 1-XX9 are dipped completely in gold.
This shoe shop needs no publicity. Sprawled across more than 3,000sq ft of space – a true rarity in Mong Kok – Extensive Publicity (EP)’s black walls are lined from top to bottom with rows of sneakers from the latest collections and collaborations. Designed like an NBA player’s locker room, EP also offers clothing lines from Supreme as well as displaying tons of Bearbrick figures and other limited-edition merchandise. But the real draw is the VIP room, where you can try on seriously rare kicks in a controlled environment.
The hugely popular US sportswear and footwear chain store unveiled Hong Kong’s first flagship store in Tsim Sha Tsui last summer. Taking up three storeys of space, Foot Locker offers a premium selection of sneakers and apparel, including the widest selection of Nike Air Max Plus in town, all under one roof. The megastore is also home to the House of Hoops concept shop, which celebrates basketball culture and top-of-the-line sneakers from Nike. So if you’re looking for a spacious shop to take your time and try out different kicks, make a beeline for Foot Locker.
Sorry to disappoint, but there aren’t any huskies here at this sneaker shop. And unlike other typical Mong Kok sneaker shops, Husky is filled with natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow its collection of footwear to be displayed in a whole new light, literally speaking. From the latest Air Jordans to the Yeezys everyone is trying to get their hands on, you’ll find it all here. There’s also a decent rack of streetwear offering printed hoodies and joggers.
As the name implies, this shop is constantly stocked with the hottest new styles. It’s a menswear store offering a range of skater-inspired clothing, trendy hats and casual-yet-stylish sneakers. US brands like Belief, Rip N Dip and Mishka sit on the shelves alongside labels from more exotic locales such as South Africa. We love the place for its hipster vibe and laidback attitude.
It’s almost impossible not to see Onitsuka Tiger’s trademark red, white and blue cross-stripes design when you’re out and about on the streets of Hong Kong. Despite being one of the oldest shoe companies in Japan, Onitsuka Tiger has been riding the wave of sneaker culture to become one of the most popular sneaker brands in recent years. It recently opened its Hong Kong flagship store in Fashion Walk and the space boasts around 200 products, including apparel, accessories, and even a children’s shoe collection, as well as a small coffee corner for a quick caffeine fix.
If you’re in search for a pair of kicks that have already sold out, or if you’re on the lookout for something at discount prices, Seach Sneaker Shop is just the place to hit up. Though it’s less upscale than some of the other stores on the list, this Mong Kok sneaker shop carries an impressive collection of footwear from a huge variety of brands. Not limited to Nike and Adidas – though there is a horde of them featuring, all kinds of series and collaboration lines – you’ll find everything from Fila to Puma to Kanye West’s Yeezys. The shoes here are likely to be cheaper than those from the official stores.
Originally started out in 2013 as an online platform for sneakers and streetwear, Second Kill has gone from strength to strength to become a popular shopping destination for sneakerheads in Hong Kong. Sprawling 4,000sq ft of space with hints of local culture scattered throughout the venue – see the neon light shop sign in Chinese and the King of Kowloon-style graffiti wall – Second Kill promises to sell only the real deal when it comes to sneakers. With graphic tees, accessories from Supreme and even shoecare products all available, it’s the ideal starting place to re-invent your wardrobe.
For the best deals, there’s no better place than Sneaker Street, home to a number of small retailers selling sports equipment and clothing. Located right next to the renowned Ladies’ Market, you can pick up and hunt down all kinds of branded sneakers and trainers – Nike, Adidas, Reebok, you name it. As the worldwide sneaker culture continues to grow, so have the variety of sports shoes that are sold here, which now include rare or special-edition kicks, as well as collector’s items. You’re guaranteed to find something just due to the sheer diversity here.