5 Best Stores for Sneakerheads in Metro Phoenix

High Point Shoes, owned by former Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, is one of the premier sneaker shops in the Phoenix area.
High Point Shoes, owned by former Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, is one of the premier sneaker shops in the Phoenix area.
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Sneakerheads in metro Phoenix have always faced a difficult challenge. Simply put, there are too many sneakerheads and not enough sneaker stores in the Valley for everyone to get the releases they want the most. Unlike in New York, where we've seen extremely limited sneakers sit on mall shelves for weeks, the relatively small number of sneaker stores in Arizona means that many limited releases will be completely gone within hours of stores opening their doors at many of the corporate chains like Footlocker, Champs, or the Nike Store in Scottsdale.

If you're looking for sneakers in and around Phoenix, here are five locally owned businesses where you might have better luck finding your kicks.

See also: The 5 Coolest Sneakers We Saw at Heated Sole Summit in Phoenix

High Point Shoes

If you're a sneakerhead in the Valley, we're willing to bet you already know your way around Scottsdale's High Point Shoes. As the top locally owned and operated spot for Jordan and Nike new releases (and much more), you'll find some of the best new sneakers at retail prices. While many chains such as Footlocker and the Nike Store now require you to enter a raffle to get your Jordans on release day, High Point still goes by a first-come, first-served system most of the time, and it's not uncommon to find some of the more plentiful new releases still in stock a week or two later.

What to go there for: Jordan and Nike new releases, it's way less of a pain than a big chain store.



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