5 shops to buy women's kicks in Vancouver

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For better or worse, Vancouverites are known around the world for their casual fashion sense, with a dope pair of sneakers often being a major part of their daily rotation.

From a low key hike in Lynn Valley to brunch and shopping in Gastown, a pair of reliable kicks are all you need to navigate everything the city has to offer.

So to help you find your next pair of kicks, here’s our guide to the best independent boutiques in Vancouver that carry the latest and greatest in women’s sneaker fashion.

Livestock

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Image: Livestock

Well know as a haven for sneaker heads around the world, Livestock began integrating women’s footwear into their stores a few years ago and haven’t looked back since. Continuing to be one of the few retailers in the city that get almost every single limited edition release, expect to see the best selection in stores from brands like Nike, Puma, New Balance, and more.

Address: Livestock Chinatown – 141 East Pender (for the best selection)

Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily

Phone: 604-559-0877

Check out their website for more information.

El Kartel

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Image: El Kartel

With their latest location now open in Vancouver’s Chinatown, this local institution of contemporary streetwear has been operating within the city since 2003. Continuing to evolve their brand and style offerings as trends come and go, local art and music has always been a cornerstone of this unique boutique and will never cease to be. Here you’ll find the newest styles from brands like Converse, Native Shoes, and more.

Address: El Kartel – 104 East Pender

Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday – Saturday

Phone: 604-683-2171

Check out their website for more information.

J2 Sneakerbox

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Image: J2 Sneakerbox

Opening just a few years ago in Metrotown mall, J2 Sneakerbox brings a unique mix of Asian inspired streetwear offerings to Vancouver’s fashion scene. Showcasing brands like Nike, Adidas, Vans, New Balance, and more, the small boutique features a full wall of sneakers geared specifically towards women.

Address: J2 Sneakerbox Metrotown – #2112 – 4700 Kingsway

Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon-Sat, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thurs-Sat

Phone: 604-433-1640

Check out their website for more information.

Gravity Pope

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Image: Gravity Pope

Located on Kitsilano’s main shopping strip, Gravity Pope has one of the largest selections of both mainstream, independent, and high end brands for women’s sneakers. Carrying everything from Marc Jacobs and Jil Sander, to New Balance and Asics Onitsuka Tiger, it’s virtually impossible to go home empty handed after entering this local boutique.

Address: 2205 West 4th Ave

Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday

Phone: 604-731-7673

Check out their website for more information.

Neighbour Women

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Image: Neighbour Women

Looking for more of a contemporary minimalist sneaker? Look no further than the Neighbour Women boutique in Gastown. At just a couple years old, this small boutique offers a tightly curated selection of casual footwear for discerning women from brands like Common Projects, Acne Studios, and more.

Address: 45 Powell

Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday, 12 – 6 p.m. Sunday

Phone: 778-379-1409

Check out their website for more information.

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