If we could nominate one store in the world to turn human so that we could marry it, it would be Sydney’s newest sneaker store, Butter. Butter is a fried chicken and tofu; champagne; and limited edition trainer store. The chicken is amazing — the perfect combination of crunchy and juicy — and the sneakers are rarer than Javan rhinos (that’s really rare!). In fact, you’re not going to find the same styles anywhere else in Australia. Butter prides themselves on selling ‘dead stock’: rare sneaker styles that are no longer available in other stores from brands like Nike,Adidas, ASICS, and Yeezy. To find out exactly what they’ve got in store, you’ll need to book an appointment in advance to drop by. Call them on (02) 8283 9146. Surry Hills.
Culture Kings is perhaps Australia’s best destination for sneakers and streetwear, stocking an absolutely enormous array of trainers from brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma, Gravis, Reebok, Vans and New Era. They also carry serious cultural cool points for being the store of choice for visiting musical heavyweights, with past customers including A$AP Rocky, Snoop Dogg, Tyga, and Tyler, the Creator. Culture Kings is also home to an excellent barbershop that’s looked after Big Sean, Tyga and Fabolous. Sydney.
The sneakers available at Subtype are always on point, with a carefully curated selection of styles (including limited edition pieces) from Nike, Adidas, Asics, Reebok, Puma, Vans, ETQ Amsterdam, Filling Pieces, Rains, ZANEROBE and Lapse. Their criteria for choosing which sneakers make it into store is based on “exclusivity, creativity and innovation.” The dedicated sneakerphile can follow their instagram (@subtypestore) to keep abreast of the latest additions to their collection. Sydney.