Having long since shedded their purely practical purpose, sneakers can now be considered one of the definitive status symbols of the 21st century – and there is nowhere better to shop for them than London. If you’re looking to start your collection, or simply add to it, consult our definitive list of the London’s best sneaker shops.
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 also stocks its own in-house products. This spiritual home of the London sneakerhead now even boasts an outpost in Paris.
80 Berwick Street, London, W1F 8TU
Size? has several branches across the UK and Europe and offers exclusive collaborations with brands like Vans and Fila. It’s 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
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 East London showroom is now by appointment only, but the brand has a residency at Vans on Carnaby Street.
161b Lower Clapton Rd, London, E5 8EQ
47 Carnaby Street, London W1F 9PT
Swedish store Sneakersnstuff opened its 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
5. End London
Mens and streetwear mecca END. is (as you might expect) a major destination for sneakers. From Common Projects to Converse, New Balance to Nike, there is something to suit pretty much every taste here, all housed in the slickest of retail spaces.
59 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 9QS
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
7. Sports Dimension
Dimension in Shepherd’s Bush and Harlesden has a vast collection of sneaker styles and brands and gets US imports quicker than anywhere else. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
248 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 7JA
2 Manor Parade, Harlesden, London NW10 8TR
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
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
10. NikeLab 1948
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 also welcome to try out different running styles in the Trial Zone.
236 Oxford Street, London W1C 1DA