Recent research by retailers has suggested than the average British man owns more pairs of shoes than the average woman, and men spend more per year on their shoe collection. A big part of the reason for this is that men are more likely to own several pairs of trainers.
Collecting sneakers can become a somewhat addictive habit, so if you’re looking to feed your obsession and check out the best that London has to offer in terms of new kicks, check out some of these trainer shops in London.
Footpatrol is one of London’s best known and loved stores for sneakers, offering a huge range from the latest releases, to limited editions and Japanese exclusives. Footpatrol frequently takes part in collaborations with major brands and the store itself is almost impossibly hip – you’ll probably want to hang out here for a while and just take it all in even if you don’t end up buying anything.
80 Berwick Street, London, W1F 8TU
Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 12 – 6pm Sunday.
Size? Has several branches across the UK and Europe and offers exclusive collaborations with brands like Vans and Fila. They’re known for having the best selection in terms of brands and colour combinations in London. As well as the latest styles, Size? is a great place to pick up some classics like Nike Super Blazers and Puma Clydes. There are also plenty of options from some of the smaller underground brands as well as the big names.
37A Neal Street, London, WC2H 9PR
Open 10am – 7.30pm Monday to Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10am – 8pm Thursday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday.
3. The Other Side of the Pillow
The Other Side of the Pillow specialises in vintage Vans and is heaven for collectors with early Vans models and limited edition designs that you probably won’t be able to find anywhere else. They also carry a great selection of vintage sportswear and trainers from other brands. The store is decorated with an eclectic selection of knickknacks from the ‘60s to ‘90s. Ideal if you’re looking for something a bit quirky (just look at the opening times!)
161b Lower Clapton Rd, London, E5 8EQ
Open 11.11am – 6.11pm Monday, and Thursday to Sunday. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Swedish store Sneakersnstuff opened their first London branch in Shoreditch in 2014 and has a great selection of limited edition styles as well as their own SNS apparel range. You can often find some of the rarest styles in the world here, with a price tag to match.
107 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JN
Open 11am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 11am – 5pm Saturday, and 12.30 – 4pm Sunday.
5. Nike Town
Nike fans will be in seventh heaven at this store, which stocks the entire Nike range in 70,000 sq ft of retail space. The store is laid out into separate “buildings”, each of which is dedicated to a particular sport. There’s also a great clothing selection and its home of the Nike running club. You’re welcome to try out different styles on the in-store treadmill and there’s a resident DJ to make sure the atmosphere is pumping at all times.
236 Oxford Street, London, W1C 1DA
Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 8pm Thursday to Saturday, and 11.30am – 6pm Sunday.
6. Scorpion Shoes
Scorpion Shoes in Camden is one of the area’s original independent shops and offers some of the more unusual styles that are difficult to find in the big high street shops. As well as trainers, there’s also a wide range of other footwear for men, women, and kids.
16 Chalk Farm Rd, Chalk Farm, London, NW1 8AG
Open 10am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9.45am – 7.30pm Saturday and Sunday.
7. Sports Dimension
Sports Dimension in Shepherd’s Bush has a vast collection of sneaker styles and brands and gets US imports quicker than anywhere else. The staff are friendly and well trained and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
248 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 7JA
Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Sunday.
8. Mr Sneaker
Hidden away on Bethnal Green Road, this small independent store has a great selection of unique styles from all the main sneaker brands. If you’re looking for a particularly rare or hard to find model, it’s well worth having a look here.
408-410 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E2 0DJ
Open 11am – 6pm Monday to Thursday, 10.30am – 6pm Friday, 10.30am – 6.30pm Saturday, and closed on Sunday.
9. Profeet Lab
If you’re more about the fit than the fashion, you can find expert advice and a fitting service for all kinds of sports shoes at Profeet in Fulham. The simulation lab can analyse your feet, ankles, and knees and create custom insoles for running shoes, tennis shoes, hiking boots, and ski boots.
867-869 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London, SW6 5HP
Open 9am – 8pm Tuesday and Thursday, 9am – 5pm Wednesday and Friday, 9am – 6pm Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.
10. NikeLab 1948
If Nike Town is a little too mainstream for you, checkout NikeLab 1948 for the brand’s rarest styles, new releases, and some interesting artistic installations. There’s also a curated selection of Nike clothing. The whole store is made from recycled materials including rubber tyres and old hard drives. It’s sort of a cross between an underground running club and an art gallery.
Arches 477-478 Bateman’s Row London EC2A 3HH
Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday.