How to Get Rare Sneakers – Tips & Tricks
Getting your hands on the latest rare and in demand sneakers can prove a little tricky at times. With limited releases and with celebrity designers / backing some of the hottest kicks of the year are often just impossible to get, at least unless you are willing to buy at a high resale or risk certain online auction sites.
Much like computer game releases the latest and most anticipated footwear releases also gather crowds and queues of people waiting outside to get their hands on the latest Adidas or Nike sneakers. This trick works and with a little savvy knowledge is in fact one of many good ways to get there first and ensure you don't miss out however we now live in the the digital world and there are other methods now and some of the most skilled sneaker collectors are sitting in the comfort of their own home using some smart insider knowledge, connections and tricks to source the latest Yeezys with ease! Not only that but with many footwear resellers around people are also acquiring multiple pairs to sell for a nice profit. Gone are the days where you can just stroll into your local Adidas store off the cuff and expect to walk away with the exact pair you really want or going on the brands website direct and seeing every product in stock and not just in obscure sizes.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you up your kick game! So if you don't want to miss out on the latest Adidas NMD's or Nike Air Jordan's read on and learn how to pros do it! You're welcome!
Adidas Confirmed App
Adidas have a handy app for iOS and Android devices that allows you to keep up to date with the latest special release dates. This app really plays into the psycho of the collector and real sneaker collectors and fans. The app allows you to sign up to reserve special releses and uses your location to give you a store location near you and a date and time you must go to retrieve your special reservation and you MUST go at this time otherwise it will expire and someone else could bag those brand new kicks you have been coveting.
We highly recommend having this app installed, create an account so you are logged in and enable push notifications to be alerted. When you get an alert act quick to register to reserve otherwise you could still miss out, then follow the instructions.
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Nike SNKR App
Much like Adidas Nike have also launched a similar app, however on the iStore you cannot download it in the UK at the moment so it only works in the US. The functionality is pretty much the same as with Adidas in that you get alerts and then register for a specific release before then being given a time and location to collect.
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Twitter is one of the best tools when it comes keeping up to date with the latest news and releases from the main powerhouses of the footwear industry. Twitter is a fantastic marketing tool and as such both the big boys and the followers / news sites are all ear to the ground when it comes to the latest limited releases and you will often find the rumours and confirmed release dates floating around the Twittersphere before anywhere else online. Nike have a history of making big announcements of their projects via Twitter so follow all of the big players such as Nike, Adidas as well as other brands of course and then the various sneaker rumour and news sites and allow push notifications to your phone when certain accounts make such announcements. This little trick could save you literally hundreds of dollars, pounds, Euros, Bitcoin or whatever currency you are parting with for your precious addiction.
Follow the following..
@NikeStore, @heidiburgett, @Jumpman23, @adidasoriginals, @adidasalerts, @ShoePalace and @flightclub
Use Online Bots to find Sneakers
Bots basically are automated processes you can run using a piece of software or a browser script. One example are chat bots that can act as a virtual assistant and use artificial intelligence to perform tasks. With sneaker bots they basically take your information such as shoe size, banking details etc and then they monitor the main sneaker websites and twitter accounts for the releases of interest and secure the kicks you want automatically on your behalf. The tools we have seen so far in this field don't come cheap though there are many reviews to show these tools can also work to help ensure you don't miss out if a release happens online whilst you are asleep or otherwise occupied.
While these bots can be effective and work they also pose a new question / challenge! If you are trying to cop the latest creps organically and manually then you are also now competing with these bots and their fancy algorithms. They are also hated by the brands themselves who want to be able to improve customer satisfaction and level the playing field but this guide wouldn't be complete without mentioning them.
Familiarize Yourself with the Brands & Websites
Another underrated piece of advice is to bookmark the websites and stores that you know sell the kicks and brands you are interested in and thoroughly familiarize yourself with how the store works, how they announce their releases specifically, keep checking pages of products with sold out to see when they come back in stock and sign up for any website notifications such as their newsletters or specific back in stock updates.
Remember every second counts when it comes to restock of products. We have all heard the stories from The Kardashian Lip Kits and how they launch new stock and sell out minutes later, well the sneaker game is getting very similar to that! Take note of the websites checkout process so you can speedily get through to payment and confirmation without any hold ups, those moments can be the difference between congratulations and sorry we no longer have this product in stock! Doh!
Another great tip is to learn the release schedule of the major brands and look for any patterns or repeating trends in release dates and time of day to be actively monitoring.
Here are some website newsletters to sign up for. yeezysupply.com, adidas.com or adidas.co.uk, nike.com, size.co.uk, thedropdate.com, YeezyMafia.com, flightclub.com, kicksonfire.com, solecollector.com.
AutoFill is your FRIEND!
Make sure to use autofill and have everything filled out to further speed up your ordering process on all websites. There are various facilities to do this within your browser whether you use Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Edge and there are third party solutions that can make it even easier. Ideally you want to already have an account created with your payment details saved for the main websites you buy from so that when it comes to ordering something that has just been released on limited supply or has come back into stock you can expedite the shopping process by quickly logging in and going through the cart and checkout with minimal input and wasted time.
Search SKU Code / Style Code
You will find when you are browsing popular sneaker brand websites like Nike or Adidas that when a product is out of stock you can't easily find it via the search and find yourself redirected to the most relevant product. If you can find the product via a Google search or have the SKU code for the product then search using this and you will often find the original product page despite it being out of stock. This can be handy for bookmarking to quickly keep checking back or for our next tip, using page monitors. You will also find lots of other websites reporting on sneaker releases also include this style code for reference to make your life easier.
One other ingenious way to put technology to good use in the hunt for the latest sneakers are page monitors. VisualPing previously known as just Page Monitor is a Chrome extension and a powerful tool which scans a web page from your browser for any changes to the content. Using this you can check to see when a product comes back into stock easily as long as you have the original product URL or can find it. What I like a lot about this tool which is pictured in the above screen grab is that you can highlight by clicking and dragging over the area of interest. In the screenshot I have highlighted the box which sales "sold out" to monitor for the slightest change and if so then triggers an email to me to go back to the web page and check.
Use productivity tools such as Google Calendar to set reminders for specific release dates you are waiting for so you don't forget. If you are a collector or a reseller use Google Apps and create a spreadsheet to keep a log of all of the kicks in your collection.