When I visited the place in the evening on my casual free and easy trip, I was stunned to see more than 50 shops on walking into the street. Most were selling all kinds of sports shoes and accessories like bags, pouches and many other items. Immediately my eyes started to pay attention to the designs available as most of them are the latest designs which cannot be found in my country Malaysia. Shop after shop I walk in and out checking the sizes and designs available. I must have experienced a woman's shopping stress here as I started to sweat and my eyes could not move away from the variety offered. Even dinner was put on hold.
Just so you know, there is a huge variety for Ladies Sports Shoes here. One of the most noticeable ones I saw were the ladies sequined Converse shoes. There were so many designs and colours to choose from. Even Hello Kitty had shoes for the ladies here. Trust me, ladies would go crazy just as the men did like me - so couples, beware!
I must have spent a good 5 hours shopping at Sports Shoe Street in Mongkok looking for some shoes to buy. While some of the shops here had lovely designs for some outdoor shoes, they did not have my size and so I had to explore the area. I had a pair in mind which was a Teva Outdoor Shoe and also a Merrill Outdoor Shoe. Sadly many of the shops did not carry the Nike ACG Shoe I was after. ACG is All Condition Gear outdoor shoes by Nike.
While most of the shops here at Fa Yuen Street sell sports shoes, there were a few specialty shops that sold special edition shoes from Nike and Adidas. There was even a Special Edition Converse Shoe Shop here selling all kinds of designs you will hardly see elsewhere. Outdoor and Camping Shoes were abundant as most shops were cashing in on some new Timberland designs and also accessories like bags, pouches and anything related to shoes. Even your favourite football team jerseys are sold here. Manchester United jerseys were everywhere.
In the end, I had to come back the following day to get my Teva Omnium and Merrell outdoor shoes as most of the shops were closing for the night and I still had not made up my mind. Talk about being fussy, 'don't blame me, blame the choices' - I keep telling Lilian.
So the following day, we made a stop over here after dinner and I got my Teva for about HK$400 (US$51) and my rare Merrell model for about HK$500 (US$64). I was extremely happy with my purchases and love the shoes. Next time I visit Hong Kong, I am going for more shoes without thinking.
My conclusion to Sports Shoe Street - A fantastic place for shoe lovers. Take your time when choosing your shoes as not all the shops sell the same designs. Give yourself a few hours here before deciding. Prices are wayyyyy much cheaper than in Kuala Lumpur or in Singapore. Credit cards and cash accepted so enjoy!
Things to look out for in Sports Shoe Street:
- Collectors' Sports Shoes
- Football (Soccer) Jerseys
- Outdoor Shoes and Equipment
- Gentlemen Shoes
- Designer Sports Shoes
Getting here from MTR - For the Fa Yuen Street sports shoes shops use either exit E2 or D3 at Mongkok station
View Sports Shoe Street or Sneaker Street in Mongkok in a larger map
My other Hong Kong blog posting - Charlie Brown 'Snoopy' Cafe visit in Hong Kong
~ David Jr