Our guide to the best Los Angeles sneaker shops, from iconic retailers to under-the-radar boutiques.
Los Angeles is a city on the up in fashion, and it has long been home to a generation of groundbreaking West Coast streetwear labels, including FUCT, The Hundreds, and Diamond Supply Co., as well as newer brands RHUDE, STAMPD, and Tyler, the Creator’s GOLF WANG. And where there’s streetwear, there are sneakers. Los Angeles is a town where sneakers reign supreme. An endless supply of sun means a year chock-full of sneaker weather.
The city might be most famous for movies, but LA is also home to some of the most creative designers around. Not to mention that Vans and Stüssy are from just down the road in Orange County.
Los Angeles itself is a huge, sprawling place, which means you can find dope sneaker stores in the heart of Downtown as well as out on the Westside and Eastside outskirts — which is precisely why Highsnobiety has rounded up all the best sneaker shops that make Los Angeles’ retail landscape unique. Don’t worry about missing out on any gems now — we’ve got you covered with our list of LA’s best sneaker stores below.
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Union Los Angeles
Union originally opened its doors in New York in 1989 on Spring Street in SoHo. A few years later, Eddie Cruz, one of the original owners, spearheaded a move out west. Now, the shop operates under the management of streetwear legend and former Union NY employee Chris Gibbs, earning a reputation for being early to rising brands and styles from all over the globe — including a top-notch selection of sneakers.
KITH Los Angeles
KITH was founded in 2011 by Ronnie Fieg, one of the most popular sneaker designers of recent years. Since then, Fieg has built KITH into a one-stop shop for streetwear, sneakers, and even soft-serve ice cream. In addition to stocking a variety of worthy brands, KITH has its own in-house label and sneaker collaborations. When it comes to the latest in-demand kicks, rest assured that Fieg and KITH have you covered.
Carrying some of today’s buzziest streetwear labels, BLENDS has grown from its original Orange County storefront, opening three locations in LA and another in San Diego. Now operating for more than a decade, owners Tak Kato and Mike Toe have successfully preserved the store’s objective: blending international tastes with global-level products, including the latest and greatest sneakers from the most important brands.
With locations on both coasts, Flight Club is one of the most popular and trusted spots for sneaker buyers and sellers since its founding in 2005. The consignment shop sells some of the most sought-after sneakers from every brand imaginable, becoming one of the go-to shops for diehard sneakerheads looking to find grail-level kicks.
UNDEFEATED is a destination on every sneakerhead’s itinerary since it first started selling limited-edition kicks in 2002. The shop is known for its in-house sneaker collaborations with the likes of Nike, adidas, Converse, and more. And if all those rare sneakers aren’t enough, UNDEFEATED also stocks coveted streetwear and sportswear.
Dover Street Market Los Angeles
Dover Street Market is the multi-brand retail experience for global tastemakers, founded by COMME des GARÇONS’ Rei Kawakubo and Adrian Joffe. Its LA branch opened in late 2018 and has become a must-stop for any California sneakerhead. The store might not boast as deep a selection as other sneaker stores, but it’s the place to seek out the most hyped limited-edition sneakers on the market.
The Holy Grail
The Holy Grail has been the most trusted source for rare and collectible sneakers in Los Angeles for around a decade. The walls are lined with beautiful shoes wrapped neatly in glossy plastic — you’ll find everything from rare Air Jordans to Virgil Abloh’s OFF-WHITE Nikes. If you love collectible sneakers, The Holy Grail’s name tells you everything you need to know.
FourTwoFour on Fairfax
FourTwoFour on Fairfax has been one of the buzziest menswear and sneaker shops since it opened in 2010. And for good reason: the store carries a mix of cutting-edge brands as well as its own cult in-house collection. When it comes to footwear, you won’t find your average sneaker brands, but rather designer kicks from the likes of Rick Owens, Fear of God, Filling Pieces, and more.
When it comes to Los Angeles sneaker shops, DripLA is the OG. Since 1975, the store has carried legendary brands and been early to a number of newcomers. These days, DripLA remains a trusted source for all things sneaker-related and somewhere that always has the right styles and colorways on deck. It might not be as big a name as other LA shops, but trust us: it’s as classic as it gets.
Round Two Los Angeles
Round Two, a secondhand store for vintage clothing and hard-to-find kicks, has risen in profile over the last few years thanks in part to its eccentric and sneaker-crazed founder Sean Wotherspoon. (The fact he designed one of the most sought-after Nikes of 2018 doesn’t hurt either.) Wotherspoon has a deep appreciation for classic sneakers and beloved menswear, which means you’ll always find great stuff at Round Two’s LA store.
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