Best of Honolulu 2014: Shopping
The 23 editorial and reader picks for chic-est shopping, plus one readers’ pick from our Best of Honolulu 2014 issue.
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Best Consignment Shoe Store
Sneakerhead Heaven might be a more accurate name for shoe store Truest, evidenced in the gleefully glazed-eye look that comes over aficionados when taking in its walls of ultra-rare, limited-edition deadstock, which makes up around 65 percent of the store’s supply (the other 35—new styles that are sprinkled throughout). A mix of pre-owned and mint, all are inspected for condition and authenticity by owners John and Elise Ohm, who count Nike Dunk SB Tiffany, Air Jordan 1 and Nike Air Yeezy 1 styles among their more unusual items. The rarest to come through? A never-released, sample Air Jordan 4.
Truest, 2011 S. King St., 946-4202
Best Kids’ Apparel
While it may be a little trickier to get to than its big-box counterparts, Petit at the Royal makes up for its stealthy location in spades with a whimsical assortment that delights at every turn. The locally owned children’s clothing boutique eschews the same-old for the chic, skipping the standard onesie packs for handmade star necklaces, gingham bunny-ear headbands and artsy, graphic-print tees.
Petit at the Royal, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 921-2125
Best Minimal Gear
We’ve developed a bit of a Mono habit, an addiction, really, to the shop’s clean-lined finds. After all, what’s one Japanese notebook when you can have five? Owners Cassy and Dean Song fill the shelves with items that perfectly balance simplicity with thoughtful design, from minimal staplers and utilitarian pouches to rustic bottle openers. Keep an eye out for the shop’s next delivery, which will include alarm clocks that flip over to snooze and sleek leather wallets from Tokyo label Porter.
Mono, 2013 S. King St., 955-1595, monohawaii.com