Globe trotting for the latest sneaker sneaks with Michael Savage from his New Canaan, CT home

In a world where fashion trends come and go faster than you can say “Yeezy Boost,” one subculture has managed to step up its game and leave an indelible footprint on the sneaker scene – sneaker collectors

From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the hip neighborhoods of Brooklyn, sneakerheads around the world are uniting under the banner of fresh kicks and limited editions. 

We’ve spoken before about the influence of pop culture on sneaker collecting. Now, let’s lace up and take a stroll through the global sneaker landscape, where culture, geography, and a healthy dose of obsession collide.

Tokyo: Where Every Step is a Fashion Statement

Ah, Tokyo – the neon-lit capital of Japan, where fashion reigns supreme and individuality is celebrated. Here, sneaker collecting isn’t just a hobby; it’s a way of life. From the vibrant chaos of Shibuya to the sleek streets of Ginza, Tokyoites take their sneaker game seriously. 

You’ll find collectors scouring the city’s myriad of boutiques and sneaker emporiums for the latest drops from brands like Nike, Adidas, and Supreme. 

And let’s not forget the legendary Harajuku district, where avant-garde fashionistas showcase their one-of-a-kind kicks like prized works of art. In Tokyo, every step is a fashion statement, and sneaker collectors are the trendsetters leading the charge.

New York City: Concrete Jungle Where Sneakers Roam Free

If there’s one place that rivals Tokyo’s sneaker obsession, it’s the concrete jungle of New York City. From the basketball courts of Rucker Park to the bustling streets of SoHo, sneakers are as much a part of NYC’s culture as pizza and yellow cabs. 

Here, sneaker collectors are a diverse bunch, united by their passion for fresh kicks and street style. You’ll find them lining up outside sneaker boutiques at the crack of dawn, hoping to snag the latest limited edition release. 

And with iconic sneaker shops like Flight Club and Stadium Goods calling NYC home, it’s no wonder the city that never sleeps is also the city that never stops sneaker shopping.

New York is also a great place to start collecting if you’re more interested in the financial evolution of sneaker collecting.

London: Where Tradition Meets Street Style

Across the pond in London, sneaker collecting takes on a distinctly British flair. From the trendy neighborhoods of Shoreditch to the posh streets of Mayfair, Londoners are putting their own spin on sneaker culture. 

Here, you’ll find a mix of tradition and street style, with collectors blending classic British brands like Clarks and Dr. Martens with the latest offerings from sneaker giants like Adidas and Puma. 

And let’s not forget about the iconic sneaker markets like Camden Market and Portobello Road, where collectors can score rare finds and vintage gems. In London, sneaker collecting is all about mixing the old with the new and making a statement that’s uniquely British.

Seoul: Kicks and K-pop Rule the Streets

Last but certainly not least, we head to the bustling metropolis of Seoul, South Korea, where sneaker culture is on another level. Here, the intersection of fashion, music, and streetwear collide in spectacular fashion. With K-pop idols setting the style trends and sneaker shops on every corner, Seoul is a sneaker collector’s paradise. 

Whether you’re strolling through the trendy neighborhoods of Gangnam or exploring the hidden gems of Hongdae, you’ll find collectors flaunting their latest finds with pride. 

And with local brands like Fila and Reebok making a comeback in a big way, Seoulites are proving that when it comes to sneakers, they’re always one step ahead of the curve.

The Bottom Line

From Tokyo to New York City and beyond, sneaker collecting knows no bounds. Whether you’re into high fashion or street style, there’s a sneaker community out there waiting to welcome you with open arms (and fresh kicks). 

So lace up those Jordans, tighten those Yeezys, and join the global sneaker revolution. After all, life’s too short to wear boring shoes.



Michael Savage from New Canaan is the Founder of 1-800 Accountant that helps businesses with their accounting services and needs through cutting-edge technology and customer support. He runs the company alongside CEO Brendon Pack.

In his spare time, Savage enjoys creating unique koi ponds, collecting Michael Jordan sneakers, vintage Lego sets, and admiring muscle cars and unique pop art. He and his wife also spearhead the Savage-Rivera foundation to help impoverished families in Honduras.