Riyadh’s One-Stop Footwear Shop

“Is there TOMS in Riyadh? Where can I buy TOMS in Riyadh?” You have no idea how many times The Pink Tarha has been asked these questions over the years. I couldn’t count the number of times we answered, “There’s no Toms store in Riyadh.” I got tired of replying over and over until the day I finally answered, “Yes there is Toms in Riyadh!” Thank goodness for Athelete’s Co. I will no longer disappoint readers who will ask. My friends, there is Toms in Riyadh already and not just Toms but a lot of other brands that you can see and buy under one roof. How’s that for the ultimate shoe shopping experience?

The Athlete's Co. in Olaya Street, Riyadh, KSA

The Athlete’s Co. in Olaya Street, Riyadh, KSA

Athlete’s Co. is a multi brand lifestyle footwear concept founded in Dubai. From a single shoe store, it has become one of the largest footwear retail chains in the GCC region with 25 stores spread across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman. They carry the best casual and fashion footwear brands from around the world including Birkenstock, Lacoste MBT, Five Fingers, Skechers, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, Nike, Adidas, and Superfit. If you’re looking for stylish sneakers, comfy sandals, or sporty shoes, Athlete’s Co. should be your destination!

Giddy like a little girl when I stood in their doorstep. Haha!

Giddy like a little girl when I stood in their doorstep. Haha!

Welcome to Athlete's Co. Olaya branch

Welcome to Athlete’s Co. Olaya branch

I first saw their branch in Riyadh Gallery last year. I saw Toms shoes in their display shelf and didn’t even believe it at first. You know how I lamented the fact that some mall stores, especially the ones at the inner and back hallways that are not often visited, carry fake brands and display them proudly in their windows? I thought this was one of those stores until I realized they’re actually legit! I picked up one Toms shoe and inspected it like I was a pro at it when in fact, I haven’t even owned one. Haha! I’m neutral to Toms: I don’t understand the shoe design but I heard they’re comfy and almost everyone seems to be into them (I owe that realization to the hundred of questions that we received about its availability in Riyadh haha). They have a One For One campaign wherein if you buy a pair of their shoes, they give a pair of shoe to poor children all over the world. They give them through humanitarian organizations. That’s not a bad way to have a new shoe ain’t it? Knowing that you’ve rewarded yourself a new pair and another one would be sent to someone who needs it the most. I have to get a pair to see what it is about! Haha!

Toms for you.

Toms for you.

Anyway, while Toms is one of the most popular brands that Athelete’s Co. carries, they have more in their newly-opened Olaya Street branch. This branch is bigger, wider, brighter, and more fun to shop in because they have benches and sofas to try shoes on. Comfy! Here are some photos I took when I visited last week:

Sports fan will be glad with these finds.

Sports fan will be glad with these finds.

It's easy to lose track of time when you're deciding which shoes to get.

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re deciding which shoes to get.

I love how open this space is. It's not stressful to shop. Haha!

I love how open this space is. It’s not stressful to shop. Haha!

The racks are spaced out evenly creating an easy way to see everything from a vantage point.

The racks are spaced out evenly creating an easy way to see everything from a vantage point.

The Athlete's Co. store is made for comfortable shopping.

The Athlete’s Co. store is made for comfortable shopping.

They have walls and walls of rubber shoes…

I just want to stare at this board of shoes.

I just want to stare at this board of shoes.

Panic attack! What will I choose?!?! Hahaha! (Must be running on your minds.)

Panic attack! What will I choose?!?! Hahaha! (Must be running on your minds.)

Eeny meeny miney moo! Which one?!?

Eeny meeny miney moo! Which one?!?

The only consolation I can think of while staring and ogling at these shoes is I am not a fan of rubber shoes and sneakers therefore I don’t have to decide on which one to get. Haha! But for fans of ’em kinds of shoes, good luck choosing! Here are some of the famous brands they carry, and my personal favorites too:

Fitflops in neutral colors

Fitflops in neutral colors

Fitflops for the ladies

Fitflops for the ladies

I love Fitflops! I mean I’m not even talking about its toning or slimming benefit. I just love how comfortable they are. On one of my vacations in the Philippines, I only have a pair of their Lulu toe-thongs and I was set for trips to the beach, to the market, to the mall… almost any casual place I went to! It’s the most versatile footwear I’ve ever have. I’m not sure if it toned my legs because it didn’t stay long enough in my possession for me to notice. My sister arbored it from me before I went back to Riyadh. Haha.

Dainty, colorful Crocs

Dainty, colorful Crocs

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Crocs is another brand that I didn’t know I’d like. I was put off by their original Crocs design. They were a bit too huge and unconventional for me but when they came out with their flats, I was hooked with how comfortable they are. They can also go from the office to the mall to the souks. And when we went to Turkey, all I wore was their winter boots that’s perfect for any season. There were limited styles in Athlete’s Co. but that’s fine. They carry more brands to choose from:

Lacoste love

Lacoste love

Must-have: Tommy Hilfiger ballet flats

Must-have: Tommy Hilfiger ballet flats

These pais can go with any ensemble.

These pairs can go with any ensemble.

Interesting shoes... would you wear this?

Interesting shoes… would you wear this?

The much loved Skechers

The much loved Skechers

Wow look at this eye-catching shoes!

Wow look at this eye-catching shoes!

Apart from shoes, Athlete’s Co. also carries a few apparel, accessories, bags, and water bottles.

Not just for shoes... for some apparel as well.

Not just for shoes… for some apparel as well.

Socks for every sport you play

Socks for every sport you play

Backpacks for the go-getter

Backpacks for the go-getter

Water bottles to bring your water anywhere everywhere!

Water bottles to bring your water anywhere everywhere!

I spent more time choosing among the water bottles than trying on shoes, haha. I picked a pink one, of course. And can you guess what style or design of Toms I got? Hmn, you’ll see it in our Facebook page one of these days. Haha!

So, what are you waiting for? If you’re a shoeholic who can’t get enough of footwear… you just found yourself a one-stop footwear destination! 😉

Athlete’s Co.

Branches in Riyadh Gallery | Khurais Road | Tahlia Street | Olaya Street

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

FB: https://www.facebook.com/AthletesCo

Here’s the map for their branch in Olaya Street where the photos above are taken. Also, if you find Athlete’s Co. in Olaya, you also find Aeropostale and Cath Kidston. It’s one of the new shopping spots in the city so you better go there. Like pronto! 😉

Map

Pink marks the spot! Across it is Luisa Spignoli, a brand in the new Alakaria Plaza.

Shopping

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3 Comments

  1. Avatar rose Reply

    Wow Vibram Five Fingers!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Pink tarha for the info!!!

  2. Avatar a Reply

    do they have vans? for some reason I don’t seem to find vans anywhere!

  3. Avatar Apple_NB Reply

    am looking for NB shoes stores in Riyadh. do they have New Balance.

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