Yeezys in Dubai are not always easy to come by, some Nikes are rare and this is compounded by the fact that the days of sports shoes being used solely for athletic pursuits are long gone.
Sneakers are now a fashion accessory to build your look around. Something to be cherished, lusted after, bought and sold for 10, 20, 100 times their original price and – every now and then – worn.
Sneaker culture is one of the defining underground fashion movements of the last 20 years with iconic shoes such as Nike’s Air Force 1 and Air Jordan, and more recently Adidas’ Yeezy line sending diehard footwear fans into a spin.
While the UAE has never been far behind the latest style trends, sneaker heads with a passion for one-off releases and vintage editions have struggled to get their fix.
Ordering from established US stores such as Flight Club or taking your chances among the fakes on eBay were the only options – until now.
Sneakhunt.me is now the website for brand new releases and evergreen classics.
Run from an office in Downtown Dubai, the website specializes in hard-to-find Nike Jordans and Airs, Adidas and New Balance, as well as ultra high-end collaborations such as the Adidas NMD X BAPE.
Be warned, you should be prepared to drop some serious dirhams when you visit.
A pair of Nike Air Jordan 1 High Retro ‘Chicago’ 2013 will set you back Dh1 250. Meanwhile the Air Jordan 4 Kaws will leave your wallet Dh5 990 lighter.
If your allegiances are with Adidas, a pair of Yeezy Boost 350 ‘Turtle Dove’ can be yours for Dh9 500, while streetwear brand of the moment Supreme’s Monogram Sneaker collaboration with Louis Vuitton costs Dh5 500.
Such is the region’s demand for sneakers, fans from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Lebanon regularly snap up the latest drops as soon as they go online.
Delivery is free and within 4-5 days in the UAE and Dh180 in the GCC, within 7-10 days.