It’s to be expected that anything done in Japan is done well and more often than not, done in a big way. And the country’s love for sneakers is no different. Whether it’s due to the sheer number of people living in the small island nation, or their well-known culture of perfectionism, the Japanese market for sneakers is one of the most enviable in the world. From obaasans (aka grandmas) sporting fresh kicks on their morning walks around Yoyogi Park to Yeezys worn as a low-key commuter shoe paired with corporate suits on the way to work, you’ll quickly realise in Japan sneakers are just as much an everyday clothing staple as they are the sign of the hypebeast. so it only makes sense that Tokyo boasts some of the best stores in the world. Whether you’re after a fresh twist on the classic lifestyle sneaker, one-off store and label collabs, or that statement pair you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world, here’s a guide to just a handful of stores that will be able to hook you up while you’re in town.
- Contributor: Lucy Dayman