London’s Coolest Independent Shoe Shops

London’s best independent shoe stores have something for everyone
London’s best independent shoe stores have something for everyone | © Alberto Grosescu / Alamy Stock Photo
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27 September 2019

It’s all about the shoes, isn’t it? Whether you’re after heels or kicks, expensive designer or box-fresh limited editions, London has just the pair for you, with these great indie shoe stores.

Sneakersnstuff

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Exterior of 'Sneakersnstuff' store on Shoreditch High Street, London.
Sneakersnstuff offers classic and limited edition sneakers | © Emma Swann / Alamy Stock Photo
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

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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.

Footpatrol London

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FOOT PATROL
Footpatrol London carries over 30 brands in its store | © Chris Gascoigne-VIEW / Alamy Stock Photo
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.

Nicholas Kirkwood

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Exterior shot of the Nicholas Kirkwood store on Mount Street London England 2011 - Image Copyright Ben Pruchnie 2011
Nicholas Kirkwood opened its flagship store in May 2011 | © Ben Pruchnie / Alamy Stock Photo
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.

pam pam London

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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.

Additional reporting by Cassam Looch.

These recommendations were updated on September 27, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.