Lit summer sneaker trends + local spots to get your next pair

summer sneaker trends
Don’t miss the drip. Photo via Tira Davis for Bham Now

Sneakerheads, stand up! Sneakers have taken over the summer trends and “looks like it’s here to stay.” They are comfy and versatile, plus you can wear them with anything. Want a pair? Here are 6 local spots with all your sneaker needs.

1. Fleet Feet Birmingham

Sneakers aren’t just for show. Need a pair for your fit lifestyle? They got you covered. Fleet Feet has a wide range of running sneakers that are stylish and support your active hobbies.

Owners Jay and Laura Middleton, believes in the power of movement and running. So, why not run your race in style? If you’re in Vestavia, stop by and grab a pair for your next workout.

2. Alchemy

Alchemy has all the exclusives. Photos via Alchemy

Looking for sneakers that no one else will have? This is the spot for you. Located in Five Points South, Alchemy has everything but your typical shoes. They have a variety of accessories, apparel and of course, sneakers.

Owner Ace Graham started the business five years ago and has been providing Southside with the most exclusive merchandise for three years. This spot will make you toss your classic Air Force Ones to the side.

3. Gus Mayer

Have a semi-formal event but don’t want to wear dress shoes? Gus Mayer is my go-to. The Summit’s upscale, specialty department store’s selection will have all eyes on you.

You can find shoe brands like P448, Phillipe Model and Vintage Havana—no shoe is the same! They’ve got everything from feathered laces, snakeskin, sequins, you name it. These sneakers will make you look like you stepped out of a magazine.

4. The Shoe Clinic

Can’t let go of your favorite pair of sneakers? Meet The Shoe Clinic in Five Points South. You can get your shoes repaired and resell them all in one place. Can you say as good as new?

While getting your sneakers repair, grab a custom-made vintage t-shirt to match from their in-house graphic designer.

5. Sneakers Inc. Birmingham

Nike, Converse, Jordans—Sneakers Inc. Birmingham has it all. You won’t leave empty-handed after visiting this boutique. Plus, you can sell an old pair and buy a new one. This is the place to let the sneakerhead in you let loose.

6. Memory Lane

90’s theme party? Complete your look with a vintage pair from Memory Lane. They’ll buy that pair of sneakers in the back of your closet you didn’t really wear and sell you some that you’ve only seen in throwback pictures.

Located in the heart of downtown Bessemer, Memory Lane has vintage items from the 80s through early 2000s. Don’t be fooled by the word vintage—you can still find the newest styles to drip in.

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Tira Davis
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