This department store in Ginza has opened a floor dedicated to sneakers

house for countless stores dedicated to sneakers, Tokyo might be one of the best places in the world to stock up on new releases. This modern fashion staple has become a wardrobe staple and has even gained enough popularity to warrant a whole new sneaker floor dedicated to the Hankyu Men Tokyo department store in Ginza.

The new shoe store, called Ginza Sneaker Hills, takes up the entire eighth floor and is separated into four different areas: a shoe market, a museum, a sneaker school and a hospital.

Photo: Hankyu Hanshin

The Sneaker Market is run by a large thrift store Komehyo and offers more than 500 pairs of new and used sneakers from various brands, most of them from Nike. The well-curated selection focuses on popular shoe styles as well as rare and hard-to-find sneaker designs. With a focus on durability, the marketplace also offers a shopping service where you can sell your pre-owned and second-hand sneakers – after a quick staff appraisal, of course.

Ginza Sneaker Hills
Photo: Hankyu Hanshin

Opposite the market, you will find the Sneaker Museum which is reserved for exhibitions and events related to footwear. The first exhibit highlights the history of popular Nike sneaker models from 1972 to 1980, including the Cortez and the AJ10G, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The first phase of the exhibition will run until Thursday, April 7 with several installments to follow over the next few months.

You can also enjoy a cup of coffee while browsing the exhibition space as there is an automated cafe run by Root C where you can order coffee from the touchless system, similar to a vending machine.

Ginza Sneaker Hills
Photo: Hankyu Hanshin

If you’re struggling to let go of an old pair of sneakers, you can give your favorite sneakers a second life with the help of Sneaker Hospital and School. The hospital offers cleaning and repair services while the school offers workshops on how to customize your shoes to suit your style.

Ginza Sneaker Hills
Photo: Hankyu Hanshin

The school experience gives you the chance to dive into shoe customization where you can learn how to paint and upgrade your sneakers with new leather pieces and even embellish them with Swarovski crystals. Classes start at ¥8,800 per person for a three-hour session. Booking links are not available at this time, so keep an eye out for Hankyu’s website for more details.

See the store website for more information.

This article was originally published on March 16 and updated on April 1.

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