It’s no secret that the global sneaker culture has penetrated the Philippine market.
The improved access to products, ever-changing fashion choices, and Pinoys’ love for basketball are just some of the reasons why PBA players aren’t the only ones lacing up a fresh pair of Air Jordans. Suddenly, the playful tradition of stepping in someone’s new shoes is now truly considered a mortal sin.
If you’re thinking about starting your own sneaker collection, this is the perfect time to get your shoe game on. The metro has lifestyle stores and specialty boutiques left and right, which you can visit depending on your budget or the brands.
Here are the 10 best sneaker shops in Manila.
Aside from its wide array of sneakers on sale, Capital PH sets itself apart from other shops with premium service, aside from their wide selection. Accommodating staff knowledgeable about product technology? Check. Guaranteed best fit through guided try-on? Check. Complimentary shoe cleaning service? Check. Perk-laden Loyalty Program? Check.
Branches: UP Town Center, Uptown Bonifacio, TriNoma, Festival Supermall, Glorietta 4, SM City North EDSA The Block, SM Aura Premier. Budget: P4-P7k Specialty/brands: Nike, adidas, New Balance, Asics Tiger, Puma, Veja Contact: 9559976
Established in 2004, the specialty boutique, whose tagline is “For The Greater Good,” has carved a reputation for being an internationally recognized and respected lifestyle brand. With core values such as authenticity, craft, quality and style, Commonwealth has come up with designs that are progressive, durable, and comfortable.
Branches: Rockwell, Greenbelt 5, SM Aura Premier Budget: P4-P16k Specialty/brands: Nike, New Balance, Vans, adidas Contact: Info@Commonwealth-FTGG.com
Complex Lifestyle Store
Complex Lifestyle Store is among the top local curators of footwear, apparel, and accessory brands since 2010. Its focus is to push the boundaries of fashion and pop culture in hopes of creating fresh style solutions that cater to the modern lifestyle. Complex’s website even has a look-book that serves as a pairing guide.
Branches: Shangri-La Plaza, TriNoma, Eastwood Mall, Fairview Terraces, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, Uptown Bonifacio, Glorietta 2, Alabang Town Center, Festival Supermall Budget: P3-P6k Specialty/brands: Sperry, Keds, Skechers, Polo Ralph Lauren, Asics Tiger, PONY, Saucony Originals
Shoe Game Manila
This low-key sneaker store is relatively new in the shoe retail game, having opened shop six years ago. Shoe Game Manila, which relocated from Barangka, Mandaluyong to Makati, isn’t slowing down on product movement, particularly streetwear. Get your Yeezy, Supreme, and Off-White fix here.
Branches: Century City Mall Budget: P20-P70k Specialty/brands: Nike, Jordan, adidas Contact: 8390965 | 09177792254
Contrary to its name, Sneakpeek boasts a full display of highly sought-after global footwear brands. Started in 2013, the multi-brand lifestyle store has given access to the latest offerings from top-of-the-line brands, as well as exclusive designs. Sneakpeek aims to satisfy Pinoy sneakerheads “one foot at a time.”
Branches: TriNoma, Eastwood Citywalk 2, Glorietta 4, Shangri-La Plaza, Robinsons Place Manila, Blue Bay Walk, Alabang Town Center Budget: P3-8 Specialty/brands: Nike Sportswear, adidas Originals, New Balance, Asics Tiger, Puma, Saucony Originals, Tretorn, DC, ARKK, Clae Contact: 6540565 | 09295768787
The authentic sneaker boutique has consistently lived up to its slogan “Best in Class” since 2011. What was originally meant to be an avenue for Filipinos to score limited-edition sneakers from abroad, Sole Academy has evolved into a multi-brand lifestyle hub that sells an experience rather than just a product.
Branches: Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio Global City, TriNoma, UP Town Center Budget: P5-P8k Specialty/brands: adidas, Asics, New Balance, Nike, Palladium, Puma, Reebok Contact: 8289229 | 09178609651
Sneakerheads couldn’t get enough of the first sneaker convention in the country organized by Sole Slam, which is why founder Antonio Aguirre, Jr. and Co. decided to open the independent concept store. Sole Slam—whose goal is to grow from being a contemporary reference to tastemaker status—offers the communal atmosphere and rare finds available in such events.
Branches: Manalac St. Makati Budget: P5-P8k Specialty/brands: Nike, adidas, Jordan, Vans Contact: 09194442482
Titan 22’s lifelong passion for the game gave birth to this hoops sanctuary. The first and only basketball specialty concept store in the Philippines was founded in 2010 and has continued to be the homecourt for everything about hoops, including some of the rarest sneakers. Titan prides itself as “a safe haven for those who live and breathe basketball.”
Branches: Two Parkade, S Maison, Vertis North, Molito 2, Shangri-La Plaza, UP Town Center, Ayala Malls Circuit Lane Budget: P5-P10k Specialty/brands: Nike, Jordan, adidas, Brandblack, Under Armour, Vans Contact: 5569771
The Playground Premium Outlet
Sneaker hunting doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to break the bank. At The Playground Premium Outlet, a couple of thousand bucks could cop you a nice pair. Major sports brands are available at outlet prices and huge discounts. As such, Playground’s Buy 1 Take 1 Sale Events are infamously well-attended.
Branches: Nodison Centre Building, Marikina Budget: P2-P5k Specialty/brands: Nike, Asics, Onitsuka Tiger, Converse, Vans, adidas, Under Armour, Cole Haan Contact: 6460734 | 09178248791
Recognized by the Philippine Retailers Association as the 2016 Specialty Retailer of the Year, the street lifestyle store carries a meticulous assortment of sports-inspired footwear and apparel from prominent brands. Since its inception in 2009, Urban Athletics has expanded to three physical stores and an online shop.
Branches: Greenbelt 3, UP Town Center, S Maison Budget: P4-P6k Specialty/brands: adidas, Asics Tiger, Fila, Jordan, New Balance, Nike, Puma, Skechers Contact: 6517780 to 83
So have you chosen one among the best sneaker shops in Manila? What’s the best sneaker shop that fits your budget? Don’t forget that they also offer the best apparel to pair with those sneakers. Scour each of them to find the best one for you to take your shoe – and street lifestyle – game to the next level.