Sneaker culture is alive and kicking (geddit?) in the capital, and it seems London is on the right path to becoming one of the best places to pick up a pair. Gone are the days of trainers being exclusively for comfort or sport, and in are high-end fashion styles sported on catwalks and by celebrities alike. Here is our list of the London’s best trainer shops.
Foot Patrol is well known by any sneaker head as one of the best stores in London. Stocking both famous and not so well-known brands, Foot Patrol often hosts launches to introduce the most sought after sneakers.
Foot Patrol, 80 Berwick Street, London, W1F 8TU
If you’re looking to go to the one and only shoe museum in London, head here. For true sneaker fanatics, House of Hoops stocks some of the newest and coolest basketball shoes known to man. Do be prepared to spend some extra cash – but it’ll be worth it.
House of Hoops by Foot Locker, 363-367 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2LA
size? is a well-known chain of trainer shops dotted around the country. Carrying most popular style of trainers, Size? is the place to go for all of your trainer needs, carrying brands such as Nike, New Balance and Vans.
size? various locations
With two branches in London, Slam City Skates is a well-known skateboarding shop stocking some of the best trainers, for both enthusiasts of the hobby and fashionistas alike. Stocking brands such as Converse and Supra, you can also get all of your Nike SBs here – Slam City Skates prides itself on being the first European store to stock the range.
Slam City Skates, 16 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Slam City Skates East, 136 Bethnal Green Rd E2 6DG
Crooked Tongues is a sneaker-selling website known to almost every London sneaker junky. Catering for men, women and children alike, Crooked Tongues is the definitive online store for all of your sneaker desires.
With four floors of Nike training equipment, sports kit and branded merchandise, this hugely impressive store is the place to go not only for trainers, but for any sporting equipment you may need. Any running fanatics? Nikes running shoes are some of the best around.
Niketown London, 236 Oxford St London W1C 1DE
Since its launch in 1996, Offspring has been known as one of the top trainer destinations in the capital, christening itself the ‘Sneaker Boutique’. Trainers and fashion have always been at the forefront of the brand’s mind – Offspring was the first ever fashion account to partner with New Balance, creating a shoe with the various store numbers stitched in the heel.
Crepe City – not a shop as much as a pop-up event hosted mostly in east London, Crepe City ensures you will walk away with the best and rarest trainers. With over 1,000 trainers on sale, you won’t be short of bagging yourself an exclusive pair. Check the website for more information.
Although not an independent shop as of yet, Nike ID sits in the Niketown (listed above) shop on Oxford Street. Nike takes customising very seriously, and at Nike ID you can pick your colours, materials, style and design your own footwear.
Nike ID, 36-38 Great Castle St, London W1W 8LG
This legendary New York skate shop brings together a fine mix of apparel, accessories, and well, you guessed it, trainers. Edgy and cool, Supreme is always ahead of the game on the collaboration front. This shop is pretty exclusive to men, however a good place for women to stroll in for a bit of eye-candy.
Supreme, 2-3 Peter Street, London, W1F 0AA