The Freshest Footwear: Sneakers in Belgium

The people of Brussels are no stranger to having some of the freshest sneakers and trainers. Anywhere you go you will see people wearing everything from classic models like the Adidas Stan Smith, to the more recent Nike Roshe Run.  But if you are in dire need of a footwear makeover, you need to check out these shops for some of the best selection of sneakers and streetwear Belgium has to offer.

Brussels

Located less than a five minute walk from the Grande Place, Fresh. is the one-stop-shop for all of your trainers.  Anything within the realm of limited edition running or casual athletic shoes will absolutely be found here.  The wall of sneakers they have on display is awe-inspiring and creates a colourful rainbow across the clean, wooden shelves. While you will find the standard silhouettes, Fresh. is also known to carry some limited releases as well.  They were one of the few, if not the only, stores in Brussels to have the Adidas Yeezy 350 "Pirate Black." If you think you have enough shoes already, Fresh. also carries a well curated apparel section, featuring brands like Billionaire Boys Club, Norse Projects, and UNDFTD.

With two locations, the Brussels branch of Panthers is conveniently located just across the street from Fresh. The second location is located in Ghent. Panthers feels like you just stepped into the locker room after winning the championship game. Its content has a strong focus on basketball shoes; more specifically, Panthers caters to the Air Jordan collector. Check their blog for all of the upcoming Jordan releases that they will have available for purchase. If you're not looking for the newest Jordan retro, you will still be able to find other assorted Nikes, Reeboks, and Diadora.  

Reservoir is a shoe store and so much more. The high ceilings make their walls of shoes feel endless. The Flagey general store of apparel and sneakers has runners and trainers in every colour you could possibly imagine and then some. Multiple editions of the Nike Air Max line, various Asics, and countless others, Reservoir has one of the most diverse collections. And it doesn't stop there. The store also has an amazing clothing section. Their selection is elegant and simple, with a bit of streetwear infused into it.  They frequently have sales on clothing and occasionally their sneakers! 

Antwerp

Avenue is the pinnacle of high fashion blended with streetwear. Finding a store who carries line of Raf Simons x Adidas is already difficult; but finding a store that has them in stock is even more difficult. Not sure if you are ready to break the bank on some new shoes? Don't worry.  Avenue's selection covers just about everybody's budget. Their sale section is also a huge bonus when it comes to finding amazing sneakers at a discount.

(Title photo by: Tevin Johnson)

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