The sneaker industry is expected to experience 5.31% growt worldwide this year, reaching $75.77 billion in revenue. Customers remain loyal to their favorite brands of kicks. AOI bot, a website that helps sneakerheads and resellers buy exclusive items online, recently published a report that details Florida’s most popular sneaker.

The information is broken out by state, providing the top three brand names. “Your surroundings will always play a role in what kind of sneakers you want to wear,” AOI bot explains.

Florida Loves Travis Scott Sneakers

This Grammy-nominated rapper is also one of the country’s most successful brand collaborators. Scott began working with Nike in 2017 (and Jordan brand in 2018) to create signature design sneakers. One of their most common products is a take on the Jordan AJ 1 model that features a backward swoosh logo.

Last month, Feature published an overview of the Travis Scott and Nike partnership. This coincided with their Air Jordan 1 Low Women’s “Olive” sneaker releasing on April 26. Overall, the Travis Scott releases are always met with much excitement. They tend to sell out quickly and then can be found on resale platforms (for a much higher price).

Vans and Nike Air Max

To round out the top three choices, Vans Old Skool and Nike Air Max 270 were also highlighted by AOI bot as Florida’s most popular sneakers. Vans retro style goes back to the 1960’s. The Old Skools are easy to wear, given their pairing flexibility with any style. Although they are frequently matched with skateboarding, the dozens of color scheme options allow these low-top kicks to also fit into dressed-up or casual wardrobes. Furthermore, Vans now allows you to custom design your own Old Skools.

The Air Max model was introduced as a lightweight sneaker built for comfort. They larger air pocket has made it one of the more signature and recognizable styles in the Nike catalog. Currently, the 270 is available in nine different men’s color options and 11 colors in women’s shoes.

If you want to learn more about Florida’s popular sneaker brands or see about other states’ favorites, read AOI bots full report here.

The Best Sneaker Stores In The Tampa Bay Area

Where do you go to get your fresh kicks? There are a lot of obvious options, like stores in Tampa International Plaza. But what if you want to shop local?

According to VladTV, the popular go-to sneaker store Foot Locker is expected to close over 400 mall-based stores by 2026. We’re not sure yet how many Tampa area stores will be affected. But we have the list of other sneaker stores to check out in the area in case the go-to is no longer an option.

Just the other day, Meredith hit up Fresh Rags in Pinellas Park for a new pair of New Balance sneakers. She was saying they had so many options to choose from, it really made her decision difficult. Being indecisive meant that she left with multiple pairs.

The Best Sneaker Stores In The Tampa Bay Area

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We went to Yelp to see what the highest rated stores are in the Tampa Bay area. These are our top 5.

These are the best sneaker stores in the Tampa Bay area

  • Fresh Rags

    Fresh Rags has so many brands to choose from. Take your pick between New Balance, Adidas, Birkenstock, and so many more! They also sell dope hats Tampa Bay Rays from 59FIFTY

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  • Soleciety

    This is probably the best shoe store in Downtown Tampa. You can find Air Jordan 1’s here and other exclusive drops! Yelp reviews say that the staff are very friendly and helpful.


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  • FLY

    Head to the FLY store at International Plaza for any shoe/clothing need!

  • Feet First

    Head to the other side of the bridge in St. Pete for a huge sneaker collection at Feet First. Google reviews say they always have a fire selection.

  • Tampa Premium Outlets

    Tampa Premium Outlets is totally worth the drive! They have an Adidas, Nike, New Balance and Puma factory store!


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