The Street wear industry is growing at a rapid rate in South Africa and consumers are always looking for the latest trends and threads. Traditional retail stores don’t usually have the best street wear threads and so consumers turn to online stores for all the coolest, latest street wear products. Below we look at the Top 7 online stores to visit when hunting for top tier sneakers and exclusive Street wear fashion brands in South Africa.
This premium independent skate store was founded in 1998 by Jonathan Muir and has been a part of the Cape Town skate scene since then. In 2011 after 13 years, Jonathan decide to move on and do something different but he wanted to hand the store down to someone who would respect and preserve the stores heritage.
That’s when Adrian Day and Clint van der Schyf stepped in and took over the store, moving it into a new direction whilst preserving the stores heritage. Baseline is now one of SA’s leading skateboarding and streetwear stores, housing international brands such as; Nike SB, Adidas, Vans, Levi’s, RVCA and Fourstar.
If the latest, classic and exclusive kind of sneaker is what you are looking for, you are sure to find it at ShelfLife. The store was established in 2006 and was the only streetwear store in Africa.
Shelflife is well known for housing some the best brands in the world and the get the top quality footwear products, that can not be found anywhere else in South Africa. These include: Nike Tier 1, Nike Quickstrike and Jordan products, Adidas Q1 and Consortium, Puma List, New Balance and Asics. Shelflife is the store where all the fresh new releases drop at before anywhere else in the country and the continent. The store has it an in house brand named Shelflife Vandal Attire, which has a wide range of high quality tee’s, hats, footwear and cut & sew products. Graffiti and street art was the biggest inspiration for the store and that is still a priority till this day. Shelflife holds all rights for Montana Colors spray paint, imported directly from Spain. All of that in one store and the years of experience that come with it, makes sense why Shelflife is Africas destination store, for premium products and sneakers.
Corner Store is one of the latest stores to open up in Cape Town and it is already making international news. Formed by 3 friends, Matthew of Sol Sol, Anthony of 2BOP and Anees Petersen of Yung Anned Lazy. The store came together through a vision all three partners had which was to create a space where creative individuals could meet and share their ideas. The ground floor is exclusively reserved for the shop and the floor upstairs has been turned into a workshop, where all the ideas get tested first, samples are made and where the final product is produced, and it goes straight downstairs to the consumers. The Corner Store has become a safe haven for all the culture vultures in Cape Town.
Superbalist which was formally known as Citymob, is an online style destination for South Africans and it launched in November 2013. The store gained a huge online presences within the world of e-commerce, catching the attention of retail giants Takealot.com who aquired the website in August 2014. The store curates some of the worlds finest art, style and lifestyle products found in the country, making it a high trend shopping site. Superbalist.com has over 1 million active members and the brands offered by the site include: adidas Originals, American Apparel, Vera Moda, Jack & Jones, New Lock, Hunter Boots, Apple, Casio, Cheap Monday, G-Star, RVCA and Nike. If trendy, stylish streetwear is what you are looking for, Superbalist.com is sure to have the product you are looking for.
DIP .ST is a Braamfontein based street wear store that offers the most desirable products and they are the 1st to stock them, exclusively. Started by Tusa who is the owner, the store was launched in October 2013 and it is well known for stocking top tier international brands such as Nike, Air Jordan, Adidas, Asics, New
Balance, Ewing Athletics. The store stocks local brands as well such as 2BOP, SOL-SOL, TRNSD and GalXboy. The store is inspired by Japanese hidden boutiques and the space is also used to host lifestyle events such as the Scrabbles for cash battle rap event. DIP. ST aims to close the gap between the kind of street wear threads found overseas online and the physical element of exclusive shopping. So if you are in JHB and exclusive Footwear, Apparel and Accessories is what you are looking for, then DIP. ST is the store for you.
Anatomy is a sneaker heads hub where sneaker lovers can come together and engage with others who are just as passionate. The store is located in the heart of Johannesburg, Braamfontein on 73 Juta Street which is rich of creativity, diversity and heritage.
Anatomy specializes in stocking the most exclusive sneakers, apparel, and accessories. Anatomy stocks premium products from brands such as Nike, adidas Originals, Saucony, Puma, Converse, Vans OTW, New Balance, Stussy, New Era, Casio G-Shock and Hershel Supply Co. Anatomy is a bringing a different kind of street wear apparel to South Africa and its main focus is customer shopping experience, whether it is in store or online.
RHTC is an online store that doesn’t only sell products but it sells culture. Ran and owned by street artist from Jozi, RHTC is a authentic interpretation of what the streets represent through their creations. The online store was built in order to collaborate, interact and form relationships with brands and individuals who capture the RHTC philosophy. The store sells extremely trendy threads that cater for everyone’s unique style. RHTC sells bucket hats, sweaters, umbrellas and t-shirts. The store believes in local brands and has worked with brands such as Thesis, Babatunde and Kreative Beings. If creative designer street wear and accessories is what you are looking for, RHTC is the place for you.