Sat on Shoreditch High Street, Sneakersnstuff sells streetwear kicks for men and women, alongside activewear. Here you’ll find plenty of limited-edition shoes in a well-designed store, with friendly staff who really know their stuff. The location is handy for those looking to explore the trendier side of London, away from the manic streets of the city centre.
Irregular Choice in Camden is a dream if you’re looking for something a little more unique – whether emo, rocker or just alternative. The store is packed full of heels, boots and trainers that look like something Willy Wonka dreamt up. Glitter, pom-poms, lightning flashes, rockabilly patches – if you can name it, you can find it here on a shoe.
Lying along the recently revamped Berwick Street Market, Footpatrol is arguably London’s most famous sneaker store. It is like a paradise for trainer and sneaker fans. The biggest shoe geeks of all are the people who work here, so there’s no request too obscure for them. Over 30 brands are stocked in-store, so put your best foot forward.
Over in Mayfair, Nicholas Kirkwood’s store is a flagship work of beauty. Here you’ll find the best of British craftsmanship for elegant heels and stylish boots. As you’d expect, the staff is passionate about the brand and all things shoe and offers the kind of shoe-shopping experience most women lust after.
Contemporary menswear store Oi Polloi started in Manchester but now has a London branch. It sells every kind of shoe a man could need, from sneakers to sandals and slippers, from cult and up-and-coming designers such as Glerups and Teva.
Another East End favourite is pam pam London, which specialises in women’s footwear and clothing offerings. This store was actually the first in the UK to focus only on female sneakers at the high-end of the market. Since opening in 2015, pam pam London has also grown to include a variety of lifestyle products that are handpicked locally and sourced from around the world.