Remember a time when getting a new pair of sneakers meant that it was your birthday or that the soles have finally separated from the rest of your shoes? Or perhaps you’ve seen someone wearing a pair of really nice looking sneakers and are curious about getting one for yourself? Or maybe you run with a younger crowd, and just need to know how to keep up with the rest of your trendier, sneaker-loving friends?

Fret not.

Welcome to the world of sneakers.

Buying Your First Pair Of Sneakers
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Now let’s get you up to speed so you can cop your very first pair.


How Do I Choose?

The world of sneakers is vast and choosing what you want can seem like a daunting task. Fret not, I’ll be giving a quick guide on how to choose what you want.

1. Purpose

What are you using the sneaker for? Once you can answer this question, you will be able to choose the appropriate sneaker more effectively. There are many different types of sneakers and leach serve a different purpose. For example, a pair of Nike running shoes would be great for exercising and jogging while a pair of Converse canvas sneakers would not be ideal. If you’re unsure of what you’ll be using your sneakers for then I suggest you get something that can do everything, that way you will be able to save a ton of money. Trainers and runners are a great option for people who want the best of both worlds while staying stylish and comfortable.

2. Design

Arguably the most important aspect of choosing your sneaker is how much you like its design. After all, you are who’s going to be wearing it. There are so many different designs that I could write an entire article about it but that’s for another time. Simply put, if the sneaker looks good to you that’s good enough.

Needless to say, choose something that you’ll actually wear and not simply because it looks cool. The last thing you want is to spend a fortune on a pair that you will never wear in public.

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If you’re struggling to find your own aesthetic then a quick tip is to start with a colour you like and work from there. The search filters are your best friend as most sites now let you browse sneakers by colour! Once you’re at that point it’ll be a lot easier to pick a design you like or dislike. Alternatively, you can sort them by brand if you already have one in mind. Brand loyalty is a thing to sneakerheads and you can use that as a starting point if you don’t know where to begin.

3. Price

You’re probably gonna want to take a look at the price before you make a purchase. Choosing a design only helps you filter out the majority of sneakers out there. Looking at the price will give you a better idea of the budget you’re working with. Once you set a budget, do not go over it. It’s easy to cave into temptation and simply blow your entire paycheck on a pair of sneakers but you will surely regret it later (speaking from personal experience).

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The search filters are your best friend. You can set the budget of sneakers you look at by adjusting the price range on the search filter. By doing so, you can view sneakers within your budget and reduce the likelihood of being tempted to overspend. If the price is a big factor in choosing your sneakers, you always have the option of viewing prices from the lowest to the highest. 

4. Size & Fit

Once you’ve gone over those 2 points, the last thing to look out for is the size and how well it fits you. Shopping online means you don’t have the luxury of trying the sneakers on before buying and that might be a problem for some. Personally, I’ve never experienced any size issues when buying my sneakers online. Many sites now provide a size guide or size provider for the sneakers you’re interested in. 

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Make Use of ShopBack

Choosing your first pair of sneakers is by no means an easy task, especially if you’re new to the sneaker game. I had a tough time looking for my first pair of kicks too, especially since the budget was an issue at that time. 

Fortunately, you can get to save more and earn Cashback when you shop via ShopBack! With promo codes, vouchers and discounts, you’ll get to save more money that I’m sure your bank account will thank you for. Shop your favourite sneakers with ShopBack now!


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