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Beginner’s guide to buying sneakers

TIPS AND TRICKS  |  JUL 22, 2019


Who would have thought that buying a pair of sneakers could be as intimidating as it is? Five years ago, buying sneakers was about choosing a functional shoe. Today, it’s a whole new ball game. From the latest trends and styles to the comfortability factor, there’s a fine line between wearing sneakers for fitness purposes or to look cool.  

Believe it or not, your sneaker game can say a lot about the type of person you are. With so many different designs to keep up with, you need to ensure that you’re wearing a pair of sneakers that fit a purpose. Demystifying the world of kicks might sound daunting, but with the right understanding of sneaker shopping, you’ll be able to rock a pair of Nikes and make a statement while doing so. 

So, before you visit sneaker stores to purchase a pair of shoes, you need to have an idea of what you’re looking for. There are various types of sneakers, for example, low-tops, skater shoes, and high-tops. And, each style has benefits that range from comfort to durability, style, and more. Choose your streetwear or sneakers according to these benefits for the best value for money. You will also need to consider the most important questions about buying sneakers. While they might look fancy on your feet, they still need to be practical. Are they the right size, and applicable to the activity you want to use your sneakers for? Or do they cater for any feet conditions you might be suffering from?

Here are a few stores to visit for beginner sneakerheads:


Dubbed as the kings of sneaker wear, why not treat yourself with iconic, street-inspired brands that appeal to you? At Sportscene, you can choose between Redbat, Nike, Air Jordan, Adidas Originals, PUMA, Converse, and Vans. If you’re unsure of how to shop for sneakers, speak to their friendly sales assistants to help you determine the best shoe for your needs. This urban store is on-trend with the latest sneakers. Every time a new shoe drops in South Africa, they’ve got it. So, improve your fashion game and look fabulous, day or night. Visit Sportscene for the latest sneaker specials and promotions.


The iconic Skechers brand is known for its comfortable, high-quality designs. This distinct brand stocks fashionable sneakers and streetwear for men, women and children, and these shoes are usually bold in colour but minimalistic in design. So, if you’re looking to make a statement with your sneakers, you’ll certainly shop your heart out here. Shop their casual, fashionable or performance sneakers and join the Skechers Elite team. Earn points and get rewards on your purchases.

Street Fever

Step into the urban jungle and explore your inner fashionista with Street Fever. This family-owned store is quickly becoming one of the best sneaker stores in Cape Town and  was inspired by the iconic sneaker culture that originated in 1989, offering the latest footwear trends for men and women alike. With an impressive range to choose from, take your pick of low-top, skater, or high-top sneakers.


Are you looking for the hottest sneakers, available at the hottest prices? Footgear has you covered. This well-known shoe store has been making waves for 17 years. With 63 successful stores nationwide, it’s no surprise why people choose to shop at Footgear for the latest sneakers. Now, you can find a snazzy pair of fashionable sneakers or active footwear at a price that you’ll love.

Final Thoughts

Choosing between the different sneaker stores ends up being about what appeals to you. Many people choose to shop at sporting stores that they’re familiar with. However, you will likely find that these stores offer the same, or similar, items with the only differences being the brands available to you and, in some cases, the price. 

Your budget also has a big influence on where you choose to shop. So, once you’ve found a store with a range of sneakers that appeal to you, and more importantly, the type of sneaker you want to invest in, you’ll have an idea of where you’ll be spending your money. The beauty of shopping at Canal Walk is having options. Knowing that you have access to a wide variety, you’re bound to find something that truly complements your feet.

Discover Canal Walk’s full range of sneaker shops.

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