It’s all about the shoes, isn’t it? No matter 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.
Sat on Shoreditch High Street, Sneakersnstuffsells box-fresh kicks for guys and girls, as well as some activewear as well. Here you’ll find plenty of limited edition shoes in a well laid-out store, with friendly staff who really know their stuff.
Irregular Choice in Camden is a dream if you’re looking for something a little more unique – whether emo, rocker or just alternative, it’s packed full of heels, boots and trainers that look like something Willy Wonka dreamt up. Glitter, pom-poms, lightning flashes, rockabilly patches, you name it – you can wear it here on a shoe.
Your one-stop shop for everything vintage, Absolute Vintage has shoes and boots in literally every shade, colour and style from every decade. Whether it’s tan cowboy boots or ’80s white stilettos, you’ll find something to suit every taste and outfit, no matter how ‘out there’.
Arguably London’s most famous sneaker store in Berwick Street market, Foot Patrol is like paradise for trainer and sneaker fans. The staff are the biggest shoe geeks of all, 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 girls 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, like Glerups and Teva.
Yes, it’s a department store but Selfridges has one of the hottest shoe collections in town. Limited editions, collaborations and designers that no one else has, like Golden Goose. From Jil Sander to Moschino and LK Bennett to Reebok, the enormous selection manages to earn customer smiles.