Founder of iconic footwear store KITH NYC, Aaron ‘Ronnie’ Fieg flexes his position as in-demand collaborator and sneaker impresario to 350,000 followers, all of whom are privy to up-and-coming releases and the favourites from his extensive collection.
Fieg’s feed is a fail-safe way to keep up with the newest drops and exclusive pieces all in one beautifully curated place.
Best For: Trainer sneak peeks
For The Love Of Men’s Shoes
If monk-straps and leather loafers are more your style, double-tap on this anonymous curation of the best uses of leather.
Designed to satisfy your cravings for Berluti burnishing and broguing, For The Love Of Men’s Shoes features still life #shoeporn from factories and shop floors, plus street style of guys whose footwear game is on-point, for a touch of Insta-ration.
It’s an account so classic that it probably pops up in Prince Charles’ feed.
Best For: Formal footwear
Rob Stewart is the man New Balance tap up when they need an old model. The owner of a larger vintage archive than the brand itself, his feed is littered with classic NBs – which occasionally pop up for sale.
He’s also the founder of @SneakerER, a clean-up kit whose Lazarus-like feed gives hope that the Jordans you ruined at a festival are still salvageable.
Best For: OG New Balance
Men With Footwear
Sneaker shots get candid as high-end kicks meet pinrolled denim. Run by the same heads as the all-conquering @menwithclass, expect to see before-they-drop Yeezies rub up alongside the latest Swoosh releases, plus less-spotted appearances from brands like Filling Pieces and Axel Arigato.
It’s frustratingly shy on model names, but the 496,000 fans are happy to fill that breach in the comments.
Best For: Street style
The Shoe Surgeon
It’s enough to make the boxfresh crew wince. Dominic Chambrone, aka the Shoe Surgeon, takes his scalpel to everything from rare Jordans to Yeezies, cutting and pasting uppers and soles to create Frankensneakers designed for one-of-a-kind stunting.
Should his feed inspire you enough, you can even commission him to craft you a pair. Just be prepared to wait a year for them to land.
Best For: True one-offs
While sneaker cleaning may not sound like the most exciting process to capture, there’s something mesmerising about the before and after shots shared through footwear care brand Jason Markk’s Instagram account.
From battered Nikes taken back to boxfresh, or gig-buried Converse resurrected, it’s an account that proves that you can get more wear out of your purchases than you thought. Which should free up those purse strings.
Best For: Sneaker refreshes
If just the sight of a pair of cheap faux leather shoes make you feel slightly ill, meet your new favourite Instagram account.
As founder of the brand J. FitzPatrick, Justin’s got a penchant for the finer things, especially when they’re crafted from supple leather and Goodyear welted. For those left cold by sneaker freaks, this is true shoe porn, encompassing handmade hikers, Oxfords and brogues sourced from around the world.
Prepare to feel major shoe envy.
Best For: Luxury footwear