There’s no shortage of shoe stores in London. Whether you’re into cult sneakers popular with A-list musicians or seek to invest in some high-end heritage footwear, you’ll find what you’re after in the British capital. We’ve rounded up the best shoe stores across the city to help make sure your shopping experience is a successful one.
Fancy yourself a sneaker-head? Mr Sneaker is one of the best places to pick up the most coveted, rarest kicks around. It started life back in 1984 as Meteor Sport and has since built up an extensive network of trusted sellers from around the globe, with thousands of new shoes arriving each week, including limited editions, samples, and “friends and family” designs that were never even offered for sale to the public. Check out the cool store in Bethnal Green in London’s east end, or browse the extensive collection online.
Looking for the perfect pair of shoes for a special occasion? Emmy London was founded by shoe designer Emmy Scarterfield 15 years ago with a mission to create the very best bespoke bridal shoes with a focus on silhouette, comfort and balance. Today, Emmy London has expanded its scope to include ‘off-the-shelf’ designs – including a collection of wide-fit bridal and court shoes – but the made-to-order approach remains at the heart of the brand. There is also a range of ornate shoe clips that can be attached to the front of a shoe to transform it into something truly special, and matching clutch bags to complete the look.
This shoe shop, on York Street in Central London, specialises in shoes for petite feet. For more than 40 years, owner Ray Martine has been travelling around Europe on a mission to source the very best small-size ladies’ shoes from Italy, Spain, Portugal and Poland. The extensive collection covers everything from stylish block-heel sandals and elegant heels to winter boots, casual trainers and even a range of leather-free shoes. Not based in the UK but like the look of what you see? The shop also offers worldwide shipping.
Spain has a rich shoemaking heritage, so it’s no surprise that this idiosyncratic footwear brand, which has a focus on craftsmanship and innovative concepts, was founded on the island of Mallorca. Since 1975, Camper has crafted imaginative shoes that blur the line between high fashion, sportswear and smart casual style, but it’s not just about the shoes: the brand now has more than 400 stores around the world, each with its own personality. The Camper Together stores are designed in collaboration with some of the world’s leading architects and designers, while the CamperLab stores stock unique designs that are only available at that specific location – if you’re in London, check out CamperLab in the hip Shoreditch neighbourhood.
Sarah Leigh Bannerman contributed additional reporting to this article.
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