What Are The Best Sneaker Proxies?

James Keenan

The automation and anonymity evangelist at Smartproxy. He believes in data freedom and everyone’s right to become a self-starter. James is here to share knowledge and help you succeed with residential proxies.

Hypebeasts are always looking for the next best thing. That’s why dozens of sneaker bots claim to be No 1, even though real sneakerheads know that it’s as much about the best sneaker proxies as it is about the best bot. And, since I am a proxy expert, I’ll share four things that make some proxies the best sneaker proxies.

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Sneaker proxies

First of all, let me start by saying that sneaker proxies are no different from any other proxies. They receive your connection request, forward it to a sneaker server and change your IP in the process.

There’s nothing special about calling something a sneaker proxy, but there are several features that a proxy must have to be useful for buying sneakers or Supreme goods with a bot. As you might know, running many tasks is what gets you Ws, but the best sneaker cooks know that too many tasks and not enough proxies is what gets you banned.

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That’s why you need a proxy network that scales with your tasks. Locations are important too, but you have to realize that if you are cooking multiple brands, you will need to target various locations around the globe, which is why a global proxy network with geo-targeting is a lot better that some hyped-up ‘Adidas proxies‘ site – yeah, we do that too, sometimes.

So, before you get your ass banned with cheap proxies on SNKRS or wherever you cook, let me introduce four major elements that make some proxies stand out among the rest when it comes to talking about the best sneaker proxies.

The best sneaker proxies are:

  1. Residential proxies
  2. The best sneaker proxies are always residential proxies. They look like real mobile and desktop devices, which makes them unlikely to be banned or detected. If you are running tens or thousands of tasks, you must hide your bot behind the highest quality IP addresses.

    Datacenter proxies (basically the only alternative to residentials) are no match, because their IPs don’t have any internet service provider (ISP) info attached to them and their addresses look the same, e.g., etc.

    This is why the best sneaker proxies must be residential. Period.

  3. Fast proxies
  4. We’ve said that too much speed might be bad when cooking sneakers. But that is more of a bot issue that a proxy issue because you have to set up your bot to act more like a real person and not worry about proxy speed.

    Since we’re talking only about residential proxies, their speeds are a lot slower than datacenter proxies. Nevertheless, that’s the trade-off for having unblockable IP addresses. Every residential device will have a different connection speed, so it all depends on the proxy network those IPs are in.

    Our advanced rotation network is perfect for unlimited sneaker tasks and it ensures that close to 99% of proxies in the pool are active and have a low ping at any time. This is what other providers don’t want to talk about – residential proxies can be fast, you just have to put some smart developers behind the wheel.

    Another way to increase the speed of a sneaker proxy is by using geo-targeting or location targeting. More on that below.

  5. Have location targeting
  6. Location targeting, or geo-targeting, is a feature that lets you use only IP addresses from a particular location (i.e. city, state or country). This is a must-have feature for the best sneaker proxies, because it lets you have the shortest distance from the proxy server to your target site.

    If you are cooking Nike and your proxy is in the same city as Nike’s servers – you are golden.

    Some proxy providers try to sell geo-targeted proxies for hyped drops, but they never have a robust proxy network to cover all releases. Well that’s not how we roll – Smartproxy lets you target cities, states and countries, so you can cook sneakers in AU, EU and US in the same day, with the same network. How’s that for the best sneaker proxies?

    And last, but not least, we have the holy mother of all sneaker proxy features – scale.

  7. Unlimited: connections, proxies
  8. Alright, let’s image that you bought ten residential IPs in the right location and they have great speed. That’s nice. But you do realize that to cook properly you will need to run over a thousand tasks, right? How are you going to get that one-to-one proxy:task ratio with your sneaker bot? Trust me, you won’t be able to buy 1,000 residential proxies from the same provider who is selling them by the number of IPs. Unless you have cash to burn, that is.

    This is where sneaker proxy providers hit the wall – sure, they can give you up to a hundred residential proxies, but after that they just run dry.

    To really have the best sneaker proxies, your proxy network must be massive. I know, because we have millions of IPs around the world at any time, and that means that you could be running thousands of sneaker bot tasks in with proxies from Chicago, and we wouldn’t even notice. That’s scale. That’s playing with the big boys.

    If you’re just starting in the sneakers game, you probably don’t think about running over a hundred tasks on a release, but you have to realize that as your business scales, so must your sneaker proxies scale, too.

    Our proxy network lets sneakerheads run unlimited tasks at the same time and gives them residential IPs for every connection. And that’s a feature on any subscription level. The only thing we price by is the amount of traffic you use on the network. Can you imagine the possibilities? Play it smart and start cooking for real with Smartproxy.

So, there you have it – the four things that make a proxy network like ours best for sneaker bots.

Have your own thoughts about what makes a proxy best for sneakers? Leave a comment below or tweet at us @smartproxy_com