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Explained: How to Buy STEPN Sneakers

Are you looking for a guide on how to buy STEPN sneakers?

Maybe you’ve recently discovered STEPN and after doing some research on how the game works, you now want to know how to get your first STEPN shoe?

Well, look no further because we’ve put together the quickest and simplest step-by-step guide on how to buy sneakers on STEPN.

In this guide, you’ll learn exactly how to buy your first Sneaker NFT and what it will cost you.

Let’s get started!

Key Points (tl;dr)
  • Assuming that you already have cryptocurrency (either SOL or BNB) in your STEPN Wallet, buying STEPN sneakers is actually very easy to do.
  • The following 5-step process will show you how to buy sneakers on STEPN:
    • Step 1: Transfer SOL from your Wallet to the Spending Account
    • Step 2: Browse the marketplace for your first sneaker
    • Step 3: Select a sneaker that you like
    • Step 4: Tap the “Buy” button and confirm your purchase
    • Step 5: Switch to “Running” mode and start moving
  • Sneaker prices fluctuate based on supply and demand, therefore the cost of buying a Sneaker NFT is always changing. At the time of writing the cheapest Sneakers were available for 2 SOL.
  • Sneakers are a complex element of the game. We therefore recommend reading through our Sneaker Guide in order to understand all of the different characteristics and how they impact gameplay.

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How to Buy STEPN Sneakers

A Sneaker NFT is your ticket into the exciting world of STEPN.

Every player must own at least one STEPN Sneaker in order to be able to play the game.

For many, this process feels overwhelming at first, and that’s exactly why we’ve put together this step-by-step guide with tons of useful screenshots.

Buying Sneakers on STEPN is a very simple 5-step process.

Step 1: Transfer SOL from Wallet to Spending Account

Step-by-step guide on how to buy STEPN sneakers – Step 1
Step-by-step guide on how to buy STEPN sneakers – Step 1

Before you can actually buy STEPN sneakers, you need to make sure you have enough SOL (or BNB) in your Spending Account.

Remember that your Spending Account is different from your STEPN Wallet.

If you already do, then feel free to skip this step and move on to Step #2.

It will show exactly how to buy SOL or BNB and then transfer it into your Wallet.

Your Spending Account is the actual in-game wallet that is used for gameplay.

Step 2: Browse the STEPN Marketplace

Step-by-step guide on how to buy STEPN sneakers – Step 2
Step-by-step guide on how to buy STEPN sneakers – Step 2

Once you’ve successfully transferred SOL from your STEPN Wallet into the Spending Account, you’re ready to buy STEPN Sneakers.

The STEPN app has an in-app marketplace that can be accessed by tapping the shopping cart button in the bottom right corner of the screen.

The marketplace allows players to buy and sell all sorts of in-game items, including Gems, Minting Scrolls, and of course Sneakers.

Step 3: Choose a Sneaker NFT

Step-by-step guide on how to buy STEPN sneakers – Step 3
Step-by-step guide on how to buy STEPN sneakers – Step 3

This is usually the part where most people are completely overwhelmed by the massive selection of Sneaker NFTs that are available for purchase.

Most people start wondering what sort of Sneaker they should buy, which attributes are best, and whether Levels are important or not.

Although a strong STEPN Sneaker strategy isn’t too important at the beginning, it’s good to know how to avoid some common pitfalls.

The easiest approach is to simply select a Sneaker at the current floor price (i.e. the cheapest available).

Step 4: Buy the Shoe

Step-by-step guide on how to buy STEPN sneakers – Step 4
Step-by-step guide on how to buy STEPN sneakers – Step 4

Once you’ve decided which Sneaker you’d like to buy, there are 2 ways to initiate the purchase.

You can either tap the “Buy” button directly in the overview of Sneakers or you can first open the Sneaker’s detail page and then tap the “Buy Now” button.

In both cases, you’ll be able to review the Sneaker’s main features and price before confirming the purchase.

Opening the detail page makes sense if you’re looking for a very particular type of shoe with certain attributes.

Step 5: Start Moving & Earning

Step-by-step guide on how to buy STEPN sneakers – Step 5
Step-by-step guide on how to buy STEPN sneakers – Step 5

Now that you’ve learned how to buy STEPN sneakers and actually acquire your first shoe, it’s time to get moving.

Tap the runner icon in the bottom left corner of your screen to access the primary game mode.

Select your new Sneaker and start earning GST by moving outside at the optimal speed range of your shoe.

How Much Does a STEPN Sneaker Cost?

The price of Sneaker NFTs fluctuates based on supply and demand, as well as overall crypto market sentiment. As of July 12th, 2022, the cheapest “Runner” sneakers were available at a price of just over 2 SOL, which is about $66.

Infographic explaining how much a STEPN sneaker costs.
Infographic explaining how much a STEPN sneaker costs.

Since Sneaker NFTs are tradable game items, there’s no fixed price for STEPN Sneakers, even if you’re just a beginner.

All prices are determined by supply and demand as well as by the price of SOL and BNB.

Prices fluctuate on a daily basis, therefore it’s difficult to give you a clear-cut answer.

The table below will give you an indication of the minimum price of different Sneaker NFTs (as of July 12, 2022):

Sneaker TypeSneaker QualityPrice in SOLPrice in $US
WalkerCommon2.2$72
WalkerUncommon7.8$257
WalkerRare39.0$1,287
WalkerEpic199.0$6,567
WalkerLegendaryN/AN/A
JoggerCommon2.2$73
JoggerUncommon7.8$257
JoggerRare41.5$1,370
JoggerEpic277.7$9,164
JoggerLegendaryN/AN/A
RunnerCommon2.1$68
RunnerUncommon6.1$200
RunnerRare31.0$1,023
RunnerEpic333.0$10,989
RunnerLegendaryN/AN/A
TrainerCommon4.6$151
TrainerUncommon18.0$594
TrainerRare78.9$2,604
TrainerEpic888.0$29,304
TrainerLegendaryN/AN/A
Table showing the cost of STEPN sneakers by type and quality on July 12th, 2022.

How Do STEPN Sneakers Work?

Every Sneaker in STEPN is different and not every player necessarily needs the same type of shoe. Depending on a wide variety of factors, such as the sneaker type, quality, attributes, and many more, your Sneaker will heavily influence your success in the game.

Infographic explaining how STEPN sneakers work.
Infographic explaining how STEPN sneakers work.

STEPN Sneakers are a crucial element of the game, however, they can also overwhelm many people due to the complex nature of all their characteristics.

Here are some of the different characteristics to look out for:

  • Sneaker Type (Walker, Jogger, Runner, Trainer)
  • Sneaker Quality
  • Sneaker Level
  • Number of Shoe Mints
  • Base Attributes (Efficiency, Luck, Comfort, Resilience)
  • Total Attribute Points
  • Durability
  • Unlocked Sockets
  • Original Vintage Sneakers

So, as you can see, there are a lot of factors that play a role and they can be different depending on what your goals are.

How to Get Free Sneakers on STEPN

If someone tells you that you can get free Sneakers in STEPN, then they are lying to you. In order to acquire a new Sneaker, you will always have to invest something, whether it is a cryptocurrency, GST, or time and effort.

Let’s start off by clarifying that it’s actually impossible to get a STEPN Sneaker 100% for free.

However, for the time being, you’ll always have to purchase your first Sneaker NFT, unless someone simply gifts you a shoe.

However, even then, you’ll have to put in a lot of work and ultimately invest a part of your STEPN earnings.

So even that cannot really be considered “free”.

Conclusion

Anyone who wants to play the game will ultimately have to learn how to buy STEPN Sneakers at some point.

Your Sneaker NFT is your ticket to the game and as long as the Sneaker renting system hasn’t launched, this won’t change.

But as you can see, it’s really not as complicated as some people think.

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