Sydney Rd’s go-to for sneakers and streetwear apparel. Concrete Jungle spruiks itself as your friendly neighbourhood sneaker store, a place where you can come and suss the latest Puma Tsugi Blaze or Adidas originals, chat sneakers with the lovely staff, or just pick up a fresh can of Crep Protect. The range rotates regularly, but there’s always a solid mix of Converse, Adidas, Saucony and Vans, plus epic collabs like Pharrel Williams X Adidas or Mita X Le Coq Sportif. Pro tip: watch their sale page like a hawk.
By Thom Bonilla, DopeKoto
Earlier this year, we journeyed out to the inner suburbs of north Melbourne and sat down with the owner of Concrete Jungle Trading, Adam. Originally from London, Adam spoke to us about his influences growing up and his passion for sneakers and streetwear. Having migrated 10 years ago with the mindset of one day opening his own store, it wasn’t until mid 2015 that he was ready to turn dreams into reality. Stocking a collection of vintage, fashionable accessories, and classic silhouettes, Concrete Jungle epitomises all that a neighbourhood sneaker store should be and more. Adam also recognises the importance of supporting local artists and labels, sporting likes of Kodjowild and Just F*ck Off Co. Be sure to peep the full recap of the store and interview above.
Are you yet to visit the store? We highly recommend it! Adam is a super friendly lad who’s always up for a great chat. If that’s not an option, make the most of the free shipping on orders over $150 online and follow them on Instagram for all the latest.
While the benefits of online shopping are obvious (trackies, wine, no one judging), there’s nothing better than visiting your local brick-and-mortar. Sneakerheads and lovers of streetwear, you need to drop into Concrete Jungle.
Need to know: Since launching last year, Concrete Jungle has quickly become Melbourne's neighbourhood sneaker store. It’s known for stocking timeless classics, but also stocks rare collabs and supports local designers.
You’ll buy: Sneakers, streetwear, backpacks, bags, eyewear, socks and vintage sportswear.
Brands: adidas Originals, New Balance, Saucony Originals, Le Coq Sportif, Herschel Supply Co., Vans, Superga, Converse, Champion, Penfield, Stussy and Rains.
Ideal for: Anyone and everyone who loves streetwear and sneakers.
Price range: $50 - $300
Concrete Jungle is your one-stop shop for all things sneakers and streetwear, with brands from Adidas to Vans. They specialise in footwear with heaps (and we mean HEAPS) of sneakers for both men and women, but they also have a pretty decent range of street apparel and accessories as well.
If you're in the market for some new kicks and can't find the exact style you want then definitely check these guys out. A quick peruse through their online shop and you'll find exactly what you were looking for (and probably a few extra pairs to leave in your cart - there's just that many shoes). Also make sure to keep an eye out for their pretty regular sales both in store and online!
Adam McManus’ sneaker collection was getting out of hand. So much so that in September 2015 he opened Concrete Jungle Trading. Shelves stocked with a thoughtfully curated mix of classic sneaker brands, short-run collaborations and hard-to-find styles, his dream of creating Brunswick’s “neighborhood destination for all things sneakers and street wear” became a reality.
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Just Fuck Off pins now available at Concrete Jungle
Sydney Road’s Concrete Jungle slots right into the Brunswick lifestyle with its relaxed and approachable style.
Far from the thumping sneaker megastores, Adam McManus’s shop keeps it small, focusing on classic silhouettes from lifestyle brands such as Saucony, Diadora, Le Coq Sportif, Superga, Converse and Vans.
The store stocks men’s and women’s styles, catering to the everyday sneaker buyer. But it also dabbles in hard-to-find styles and short-run collaborations, such as the Saucony x ShoeGallery “Locals Only” Grid 9000. Just 29 pairs made it to Australia – Concrete Jungle snapped up nine.
The clothing is at the back end of the shop: one rack of vintage US sportswear (sweatshirts, T-shirts, team jerseys) restocked once a month, and another rack of cult streetwear labels for the boys: Stussy, Billionaire Boys Club, Mitchell & Ness, and Cross Colours, the legendary hip-hop sportswear brand.
Local representation comes in the form of a rotating rack of Melbourne-designed short-run T-shirts.