Native Skate Store, Newcastle
Leading the way in the northeast is Native Skate Store, this skated owned shop opened in February 2003. The shop carries a huge range of brilliant brands, including the likes Etnies, Zero, HUF, Anti Hero and Emerica, and reassuringly all the staff are skaters themselves.
Route One, Various
As well as a varied range of womenswear as well as menswear, Route One is the place to head to for skate shoes. There are shops in Bath, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Southampton, meaning they’ve got the breath of the land covered.
The Black Sheep, Manchester
At The Black Sheep, you’re guaranteed the best in customer service, as it’s previously won the title of ‘Best Skate Shop Team’ in Europe on two occasions. The shop also plays a key part in promoting the local skate scene, having opened and developed skate parks in the Manchester area.
The first Rollersnakes opened in Derby over 30 years ago, with three other locations opening around the Midlands since. The Derby HQ has moved slightly since its opening, and now even boasts its own mini ramp facility in the shop.
Skatehut started after founder Mark Johansen-Berg wanted to buy a pair of Heelys for his son after seeing them on holiday and failing to find them anywhere in the UK, so he started selling them himself. Skatehut was formed, and today sells an incredible range of boards, bikes, shoes, clothes and much more.
With staff that are very informative and welcoming, this is a fantastic place to head to, even if you’re not entirely sure what you want. There’s a huge online selection of goods that support, but if you can, visit the Devon shop in person – it has a traditional feel to it.
With two shops on Tib Street and Thomas Street, as well as their online sales, the sheer number of brands and products that NOTE sell is reason alone to head down there – you’ll be totally spoilt for choice.
Ideal Skateboard Supply Ltd, Birmingham
Find this great store in the Custard Factory in Digbeth. The shop itself isn’t huge but don’t let that put you off, as the selection is still fantastic.
Welcome Skate Store, Leeds
Locals will love the Yorkshire t-shirts amid the great range of brands on show. Similar to the Ideal Skateboard Supply Ltd, this isn’t the biggest skater heaven, but the friendly staff more than make up for it.
Skate Pharmacy, Margate
Relatively knew, having opened in 2014, this is 100% skater operated and owned establishment and is playing a key role in Margate’s recent cultural shift. Head to their page and check out the videos their team produce.
As well as the obvious online options it offers, Consortium provides brilliant special edition products if you’re willing to walk in rather than shop online. On top of all the clothing and kit, they also stock paint and artist supplies from Montana.