Now that limited releases and random drops are a thing, sneakerheads need every bit of help they can get when it comes to grabbing that next must-have pair of shoes or keeping up on the latest news. However, if you have access to an app store, everything you’ll ever need is already at your fingertips. With these awesome apps, fueling your addiction is just a tap away, as is finding the newest Jordan release dates and connecting with like-minded obsessives.
If Instagram also helped you find your next pair of kicks, this would be it. Swaag is a community-based app that lets users share and compare (“battle”) their streetwear outfits with others. It enables users to tag items, too, letting them show off how much cash they dropped on them. If you want a particular piece of clothing your yourself, you can cop it yourself through the app’s shopping capabilities which also offers up discounts and exclusives. However, if your style’s unique, you can also use the app’s “discover” mode to sift through new inspiration.
A full, one-stop shop for all sneaker-related queries. Unlaced pulls sneaker news from your favourite websites, has listings of sneaker and streetwear shops near you, plus a release calendar that will notify you when a certain pair of sneakers drops. The best part is it also includes a sneaker catalogue so you can keep track of your growing collection (and those still on your wishlist).
It may cost $1.99, but this app claims to feature the most complete sneaker release date listings on the web, tracking drops for the 14 largest shoe companies in existence. Sneakerology also incorporates a notification calendar to make sure you find a great spot for your tent outside the sneaker shop a week in advance, if need be. A built-in sneakerhead social network lets you show off your kicks, set your favourites and “like” photos of shoes across all the major social platforms, including Instagram and Facebook.
This is a collector’s best friend. Similar to its namesake, Carfax, Shoefax is a sneaker price guide. It tracks sales data on Ebay and Kixify (the web’s largest sneaker marketplace) for every shoe in existence, helping you appraise their worth. The sales are plotted out on a histogram, allowing you to see when the shoe was sold and for how much, even calculating low, average and high prices for the kick in question.
Think Yelp for sneakers and streetwear. Goodstuff is a complete listing of every steetwear shop worth mentioning. A built-in map helps you find the nearest store period, or a specific boutique that stocks a particularly hard-to-find brand—especially useful if you find yourself on the go between major cities. If after visiting a few you develop a couple new haunts, you can also favourite or tag shops to help others find their own personal sneaker Meccas.
This app is a social network for sneakerheads that combines sneaker release news from top sneaker sites (SneakerNews, Nice Kicks, Sole Collector, to name a few), a store locator, direct messaging and a sneaker cam that lets you share your closet. Particularly interesting is Sneakers‘ Twitter news feed that keeps you on top of lesser-known drops that don’t get their own articles on the bigger news sites.
Still en route, the upcoming miAdidas app will let you take Adidas’ ZX Flux silhouette and deck it out with any image from your personal Instagram account. This app should be dropping very soon this August, giving everyone equal access to fully custom sneaks.