Miami is one of the hottest destinations on the planet. It has some of the best beaches, a great party scene, and some great shops, especially in South Beach. On my most recent trip to Miami, I visited many great sneaker stores, and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you all to check out whenever you go down to Miami.
Air Traffic Control
Air Traffic Control (via Sneaker Me Stupid)
Welcome to Miami’s premier consignment sneaker shop, the Flight Club of the South if you must. Located on 16th street, between Washington Ave. and Collins Ave., in South Beach, is Air Traffic Control, which has tons of never-worn Air Force 1′s, Dunks, Jordans, SB’s, Bape’s, and many other sneakers! Even though many of the kicks for sale here are overpriced (like at all consignment sneaker stores), the store’s sleek design and great customer service make up for it. Many of the sneakers are plastic-wrapped and on a backlit display. And the other sneakers are either on a rotating “baggage claim” or in a glass case (the rarest sneakers). In addition, the store is run by a group of friendly guys, with whom I’ve had many interesting sneaker-related conversations whenever I have stopped by the store. Overall, how could you doubt such a great selection, great staff, and great design?
Soles Inc. (via Nice Kicks)
Another great sneaker boutique is Soles Inc., located on Washington Ave., between 13th street and 14th street, in South Beach. This boutique has a great selection of Nike Sportswear, Nike Basketball, Jordan, Supra, and Creative Recreation sneakers, in addition to a lot of cool apparel (t-shirts, pants, button-downs, etc.) and accessories (sunglasses, watches, hats, etc.). However, Soles Inc. still had some notable releases sitting on their shelves when I visited the store, such as the Jones Beach AF1′s, Silver Anniversary IX’s, and Eggplant Foams! And they still had For the Love of the Game/Olympic VII’s the day after they released! Also, this store gets in some of the more limited Sportswear and Jordan sneakers, such as the Air Yeezys and the BIN 23 collection. Be sure to check out Soles. Inc and it’s sister store, Rare Footage in the Hard Rock Seminole (which I have yet to visit), on your next trip to Miami.
MIA Skate Shop
MIA Skate Shop (via The Evil Collector)
MIA Skate Shop, located on 9th street in South Beach, is hands down Miami’s best skate shop. They carry great shoes from Adidas Skate, CONS, Vans, and of course, Nike Skateboarding. And like Soles Inc., they don’t sell out of limited shoes too quickly. For example, when I went to MIA on my trip, they still had the Koston dunk highs, Koston dunk lows, Born in the USA dunk highs, and Miller High Life dunk lows. MIA Skate Shop also has great apparel from Nike Skateboarding, Diamond Supply Co., Girl, and many other companies, and tons of skate gear (decks, wheels, etc.). If you are a skater visiting Miami, MIA Skate Shop is a must for you to visit!
Shoe Gallery (via The Life and Times of Sneaker Los)
Yes, there are sneaker stores in Miami outside of South Beach. In fact, Shoe Gallery, one of Miami’s oldest sneaker boutiques, lies in the city-part of Miami. Shoe Gallery has an extremely extensive shoe and clothing selection. The shoe brands include Nike Sportswear, Jordan, Nike Basketball, Adidas Originals, Timberland, Sperry, and Supra, while the clothing comes from a whole bunch of companies that I don’t even know. One interesting part about the store is it’s cool sneaker displays. For example, they displayed the Hamptons AF1′s on top of a pile of sand on a table, and they featured the Infrared AM90′s in a glass case with an Infrared neon-lit “Nike Air”. However, one of the most notable parts about Shoe Gallery is that it is a Tier Zero store, meaning that it gets in the most limited Nike Sportswear shoes, such as (in the past) the Air Yeezys and Livestrong x FLOM Dunks. If you’re in Miami for an extremely limited Sportswear release, be sure to check out Shoe Gallery, because they are bound to have what you’re looking for with some crazy display! But if you’re in need of an exclusive Jordan that is releasing while you’re down in Miami…
Sole Fly (via Thrill List)
…then I’m sure the guys at Sole Fly could hook you up! Sole Fly is the only sneaker boutique in the nation to establish a personal connection to Michael Jordan himself, one I’m sure that people could see that from the store’s many Jordan related designs, products, and memorabilia. Some of the more interesting Jordan-related things on display in the store are the red Michael Jordan painting/wallpaper (I’m not sure what exactly it is) in the back of the store, the hardwood floor with a circled Jumpman on it, and a basketball hoop with a bunch of Jordan-related pictures on it. Sneaker-wise, Sole Fly carries Nike Sportswear, Nike Basketball, Supra, and (of course) Jordan. Sole Fly also has some Player Exclusive basketball sneakers for sale, which are not seen in many sneaker boutiques at all! In addition, as you could probably guess by now, Sole Fly does receive limited Jordans, such as the BIN 23 collection. One of my favorite parts about the store is it’s excessive cool t-shirt selection, featuring t-shirts made by Jordan Brand, Bobby Fresh, Inked, and Sole Fly themselves. They even collaborated with Jordan Brand on a t-shirt and a couple of Good Woods! Its definitely worth it to check out Sole Fly, which is located in South Miami, even if you’re staying all the way on the beach. And check the cut for the two very exclusive sneakers on display at Sole Fly. (more…)