One of the most recent sneakers features is the connectivity with your phone, naturally. That makes the Internet of Things sound like Internet of Dirty Shoes in my head. Anyways, before you connect your shoes to anything you have to buy them first. And it helps not to wear out your current shoes while looking for new ones. That’s where good ol’ best buying shoes apps come in handy. Besides, you can just look at shoes on your phone instead of cute kittens as well.
Naturally, those limited-edition sneakers (that bots may or may not be buying) often end up on third-party marketplaces such as StockX, GOAT, SneakerCon or eBay. And while many pairs are sold for more than their original retail price, you could also find some below market cost on these services. It just depends on how hyped the shoes you’re looking for are. It wasn’t long ago that eBay was basically the only site sneakerheads could turn to if they missed out on a particular shoe, but today there are so many options on the internet.
StockX was founded in 2015 as a sneaker-reselling platform, but now it offers anything from streetwear to luxury watches and handbags. The service, which you can use on the web or iOS and Android apps, prides itself on its authentication system. Because if you’re going to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on kicks, the last thing you want is for them to be fake. StockX has humans who inspect every shoe it sells before they’re sent to buyers, minimizing the chances of you getting ripped off — that’s usually a big concern when buying goods from strangers on the internet.
The first line on the app’s description says “The Sole Supplier is the UK’s first dedicated app”. Basically, this is the app you install if you live in the UK.
First of all, Sole Supplier supplies you the latest sneaker trends and news. Of course, it includes every famous brand like Reebok and Puma. You get a link to each major retailer’s website. But if you don’t want to buy an item just yet Sole Supplier app lets you save your favorites for later. If you took too long to make a buy, you get set up a reminder for when the item gets brought back to stock.
Social media sharing features are here as well.
The biggest social network dedicated to people who love sneakers is what this is. Sneakers app is an amalgamation of the best sources like sneaker blogs, store locators, and detailed calendars. Features like sharing, and others, help the app thrive in the hype of sneaker culture.
Two unique things about Sneakers app – it works offline as well.
And the second thing is that Sneakers is an actual integrated social network equipped with direct messaging and forums.
GOAT is similar to StockX. You can use it on the web, iOS and Android, as well. The main difference between the two is that on GOAT you can buy used sneakers, where as StockX only sells pairs that are brand-new. But the service works the same as StockX: You can bid on shoes or buy them instantly, and GOAT will also authenticate them before they’re shipped to you. GOAT says that it will typically take seven to 10 business days for orders to be completed, though in my experience it’s sometimes faster. And unlike StockX, GOAT has a feature called “Instant Ship,” which includes pairs that it has already authenticated and can be shipped right after you place an order.
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Sneaker Con is mostly known for its shoe conventions around the world, but in 2018 the company launched an app designed to compete with StockX and GOAT. Available on the web, iOS and Android, Sneaker Con offers both brand-new and worn kicks, similar to its rival GOAT. But where Sneaker Con stands out is with its authentication system, which is slightly different and more tech-forward than StockX’s and GOAT’s. Whenever you buy a pair of sneakers from the app, they’ll come with a physical tag that features NFC.
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