The Best Clothing & Sneaker Stores: Sydney, Australia

While Sydney is Australia’s oldest and most populous city, its younger sibling Melbourne has always had the edge in regards to shopping. However when it comes to specialty sneaker stores and niche street wear apparel, the Harbour City might be in first place.

In addition to more mass market locations like Culture Kings (which features an in-store barber shop and DJ) there are recently-opened smaller, boutique gems the experienced sneaker head and street wear junkie must see as part of their Down Under shopping experience.

250 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000

What Made You Open Your Store?
Wilan Fung (Director): “I wanted to open up my own store a good few years back when [pioneer street wear store] Nitrogen was still around. It inspired me that it was possible to have my own store and make it happen one day. After almost three years working as a flagship manager at HYPE DC (the leading footwear chain in Australia) I finally decided it was time for me to take the skills I’ve picked up over the years of working in the industry and start my own business. At SOLE MATE we want to share our passion for sneakers and accessories we love, and we strive to make it easier for people in Australia to purchase these locally hard to find products.”

What Makes Your Store Unique?
WF: “We’re currently the only sneaker boutique in Sydney that uses shrink wrap to ensure every customer walks away with a fresh pair of sneakers. We also provide a consignment section to offer some of the rarest and hard to find sneakers as we are trying to bring the sneaker community of Sydney closer. And we have the best and most diverse selection of children’s sneakers, bar none.”

What Are Your Short and Long Term Plans For The Store?
WF: “Our short term goal is to build a solid foundation as an outstanding sneaker boutique. We’re also looking forward to having a well-known reputation of what we do as the best in the footwear industry in the near future.”

Shop 4, 27-33 Goulburn Street
Sydney NSW 2000

What Made You Open Your Store?
Michael Ferrer (Managing Director): “Let me start off by explaining what ‘Bonafide’ means. It’s derived from a Latin legal term, bona fide, meaning in good faith. This is the mantra in which this store is based upon. The Bonafide team thought there was a huge void missing in the Australian fashion market where consumers who followed urban fashion were missing out on a big piece of the cake. That void that was the main motivation for the Bonafide team to open the store and as a team who loves our clothes and style as much as any other urban street wear wearer, we created Bonafide composed of all the things we look for when we go shopping. Therefore Bonafide’s a store where customers can have faith that we offer the freshest clothing from all over the world at competitive prices and with the best service imaginable.”

What Makes Your Store Unique?
MF: “Various factors make Bonafide unique, but I attribute most of our success on the international appeal of our brands and our impeccable service. We pride ourselves in both carrying unique international brands as well as local Aussie brands. We’ve held well-known American brands such as Alife, Diamond Supply, Crooks, Mighty Healthy, New Era, Mitchell ‘N Ness, BloodBath, Good Wood, BBC, TWON and Young ‘N Reckless as well as upcoming brands such as City League and Cukui. Japanese brands have included big names such as Bape, Neighborhood and Mastermind. We’re also big on making sure we do everything possible to support local Aussie brands, like Circle Park, Ones and Geedup.

“One of the worst things about shopping these days is walking into a shop and not being noticed. Or being a regular customer in a shop, dropping some serious cash, but never being remembered. That shit bugs me hard. So at Bonafide when you come in, you’ll always get a “Hey… how’s it going?” or a “How are you today?” … stuff that makes the shopping experience an actual experience! Come in more than once? I can guarantee our staff will remember your face, your name… whatever…we fucking remember! Hell, Peanut, our shop dog, will even make you feel more welcome than most shop assistants these days!”

What Are Your Short and Long Term Plans For The Store?
MF: “Our main short term goal is to make Bonafide a destination store for all lovers of urban streetwear. We want the shop just to be able to roll off the tongues of people when they consider high-end urban fashion. In the long run, we will be focusing on launching our own line of self-named clothing. We want to be a brand all about quality and simplicity of design. Our aim is to become international and launch the brand in countries which have a profound appreciation and love for fashion such as America, Japan and even European countries such as Spain. We dropped our first line of tees and varsity jackets recently; the tees are a simple black with our Bonafide logo in white on the back but made with glow in the dark material that cannot be made here in Australia. But with any successful clothing line comes years of hard work, creativity and time so all I can say now is, watch this space!”

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