Shopping online for hard-to-find kicks can be a tricky and time consuming endeavor -- you have to click-thru through hundreds of sites to find the right pair and -- wait...check out this dog humping a Ukranian grandmother! Bolstering your chances at success, Moxsie Sneaker Shop
Based in Palo Alto, Moxsie's run by a couple ex-Zappo's peeps who know you don't need help finding Jordans and Sambas, and instead use their site's sneaker section to showcase lines from little-known, independent designers, giving you ready-made access to shoes other than Jordans and Sambas. The current designer lineup's sporty-casual leaning, from Greedy Genius's Cool Breeze in slate grey (chunky hi-tops w/ reflective bits of 3M and mesh worked in), to The People's Shoe's mani-colored lace-up low-tops (branded along the side with sweet upside-down swooshes), to ultra soft, puncture-accented white leather Se7ens -- by indoor sports specialists United Kranes -- with patent-pending ankle support technology that's supposedly great for badminton, as long as you don't try something nutty, like playing outdoors, you daredevil! On the dressier side of casual there's Generic Surplus's white suede Wing Tips (basically a super-relaxed Oxford), 100 Styles and Running's Chase (a "hybrid boat shoe" in waxed leather w/ a draw-cord instead of laces), and Sneaky Steve's almost office-ready, pointy toed, green-cotton-lined "dress sneakers" of perforated leather called Pig Pushers -- the shoe of choice when you want to look great, and get beaten with a nightstick.
To help you land in just the right pair o' kicks, Moxsie also provides sizing pointers for styles that might fit abnormally, e.g., "we highly recommend you order 1 size smaller than your normal size", because your babushka will never escape that lusty hound if she's sliding around in her Pig Pushers.