For those who appreciate bold, unique designs, keep Angel in mind. As well as specializing in custom hand-painted clothing, Angel Vancouver carries the largest selection in Vancouver of Barcelona-based brand Desigual, most notably, Desigual items designed by Christian Lacroix. You can find a variety of Desigual shoes styles including short/tall boots, rainboots, sneakers and flats – all with patchwork designs, bold colours and printed details. Check out the collection at their store at 2 Powell Street.
Modern day glamorous and eclectic style mavens will appreciate the curated collection at Ego Closet. This boutique carries bold, edgier fashions, straying away from mainstream looks with clothing, accessories and footwear from international and handpicked designers from USA. At Ego Closet, you’ll find an eclectic variety of flats, heels, platform booties, and platform sneakers with vibrant colours, metallic and animal printed details. View their footwear collection here.
John Fluevog Shoes Ltd.
It’s been said that once you go Fluevog, you don’t go back. An icon in the footwear industry, John Fleuvog combines unique designs and quality craftsmanship to their collection of funky, art deco inspired footwear. It’s no wonder than John Fluevog has a cult of Fluevoggers all over the world; these shoes are original, built to last, and designed at their office/store in Gastown. Check out their selection of shoes at their Gastown location at 65 Water Street.
A staple in Gastown’s menswear hub, Inventory’s Stockroom carries a curation of hip, high-end menswear, accessories, and shoes. Their collection is carefully picked by Inventory magazine’s Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Ryan Willms to bring exposure to emerging designers and quality brands. For footwear, Inventory currently carries classic shoes by Trickers, Moc Toe boots by Red Wings, and designs by Converse and Viberg that are exclusive to Inventory. View Inventory’s menswear selection at their Gastown locaton at 45 Powell Street.
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If you’re a sneakerhead, visiting Livestock should be at the top of your bucket list. Well known by the Sneaker community, Livestock carries the city’s best selection of sneakers and kicks including highly anticipated, limited edition sneaker collaborations. Some of their brands include: Nike, Adidas, Converse, BAPE, BBC, Play Cloths, Etnies, The Hundreds, and Clae. Check out their selection online or at their Gastown location at 239 Abbott Street.
Menu Skateboard Shop
Founded by Gastown resident and OG Red Dragon, Syd Clark, Menu is a shop for true skateboarders carrying a mix of cool decks, clothing and accessories for men, women and kids, as well as skate shoes for men. Menu’s shoe selection includes kicks by core skate and harder-to-find brands such as Diamond, Nike SB, Fallen, and Supra. If you’re looking for new kicks and unique decks check out Menu at 114 Water Street.
Niftydo is one of the newest shopping additions to the neighbourhood, carrying quality menswear clothing, shoes, and accessories. If you’re on the hunt for boots that pair well with denim, Niftydo carries a handful of styles of Italian-made shoes by Buttero, who produces high quality sneakers made from thick, sturdy leather with the look of a boot – a new concept in mens footwear. You can find their collection and more quality menswear at Niftydo’s shop at 227 Carrall Street.