With streetwear more ingrained in the mainstream than ever, sneaker bots and add-to-cart programs notoriously dominating drops, and an uber-competitive resale market, sneaker shopping in 2019 is not as straightforward as it once was.
While plenty of brick and mortar stores have prevailed, mobile sneaker shopping and shoe apps have increasingly become the place to go to obtain even the most coveted releases, like OFF-WHITE’s “The Ten” Nike collection via Nike SNKRS, for example.
The sneaker apps you use can make all the difference when it comes to copping the kicks you want. So check out which of the most popular sneaker apps are the best in the field, and stay ahead of every drop you’re excited about in 2019.
Best sneaker retail app: Finish Line — Winner’s Circle
Retail chain Finish Line is already an industry force in the athletic wear and sneaker market, and its mobile sneaker app is one of the best online shopping platforms out there. With a clean user interface, it doesn’t feel overwhelming to navigate despite a wide selection of goods. Raffles, personalized picks, and editorial content all boost Finish Line — Winner’s Circle to the top of the retail sneaker app selection. It also lets you zoom in on hi-res product shots for crazy detail when it comes to textures and materials without ever needing to see a shoe in person.
Also recommended: Foot Locker
The popular retail chain stands out from the crowd for its top-of-the-line brand selection and Launch Reservations feature, which lets customers reserve popular drops for in-store pick up the next day. Its hard-to-navigate interface and confusing navigation, however, definitely leave something to be desired.
Also recommended: JD Sports
Great service and high supply are definitely some of popular UK retailer JD Sports’ high points — not to mention a release calendar to keep you up to date on the latest drops. And the app’s simple interface is easy enough to navigate, though the glitchy development can sometimes make sneaker shopping even more difficult than it needs to be.