Ask any man what his most favoured possession and it’s likely the answer you’ll receive is his trainer collection. From Adidas to Converse, we men adore our trainers, especially when they’re rare or from a limited-edition line.
After all, with a rare or expensive pair of trainers, you’ll both make your friends jealous and impress the ladies. So, if you’re after a new pair of sneakers to add to your collection or boast about on Instagram, here are some of the best men’s trainer shops that London has to offer:
Originating from Stockholm in 1999, Sneakersnstuff is the brainchild of Peter Jansson and Erik Fagerlind, who wanted to create a shop where people could buy trainers outside a department store setting. Since then, the pair have opened selected stores across the globe, including their shop in Shoreditch that has a wonderful men’s collection.
As well as usual brands like Puma, Converse, Nike and Adidas, the shop is also home to limited-edition designs that are ideal for a man who loves his trainers.
107-108 Shoreditch High St, Hackney, London E1 6JN
Forget Buckingham Palace, if you want trainer royalty, you need to visit one of London’s finest trainer shops for men – Palace. First created as streetwear label for skateboarders, the brand has transformed into a high-end designer label over the years.
At the flagship store in London, you will find a totally minimalistic store. Everything is stripped back in the Brewer Street store from the white marble floor to the bare walls. Everything here is limited edition, so you will only find a few select pieces of both trainers and clothes on display. If you are looking to buy a pair of trainers from Palace look out for their rare collaborations with Adidas.
26 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SW
If you’re looking to see an impressive display of trainers on show, then look no further that Footpatrol in London’s trendy Soho area. With a distinctively urban feel, the interior is spectacular with recycled boarding featured throughout.
As well as selling the best in trainer brands, the shop is particularly popular due to its limited-edition collaborations with brands. Most notably, the shop collaborated with Converse to create a small line of trainers inspired by the streets of London’s Soho.
80 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8TU
Collecting and buying trainers is more than just purchasing the rarest collaborations from the big brands. It’s also about getting introduced to new and exciting brands and designers from around the world. Which is where Oi Polloi comes in; this men’s trainer store sells more than just Superga or Reebok. Take a trip to their Carnaby Street store and you’re likely to find exciting trainers from brands you might never have considered before.
1 Marshall St, London W1F 9BA
Like Palace, Slam City started as a skate label and has since transformed into an empire of clothing and trainer shops. There are a few stores across London, however, for the biggest collection of trainers, head to the Covent Garden store where you will find skating favourites like Dickies and Vans as well as more rare brands. This includes labels such as Huf, which will help you stand out from the crowd. You’ll even find clothing and hats from the same designers to complete your look.
37 Endell St, London WC2H 9EE