Best places to shop for men's shoes in London

Fine footwear for chaps

You can tell a lot about a man by his shoes.

Dr Martens for rockers.
Brogues for city boys.
Up-cycled 60s winkle-pickers for hipsters.
Those daft foot-glove things for holistic sporty types.
White patent slip-ons with a gold chain for the mentally bewildered.
Cowboy boots for... well, cowboys, obviously.

These are the rules.

So if you've got an interest in looking good below the knees take a look at our suggestions for London's best shops for men's shoes and get yourself kitted out with some nice treads.

And remember: up here for thinking... down there for dancing.

Church's Shoes
143 Brompton Road Knightsbridge SW3 1QP
Region: Knightsbridge
Nearest Station: Knightsbridge (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Church’s seem to be associated most with the tweeds and Barbour coats of the country set but they have shops all over London and remain a name that guarantees quality. Founded in 1873, you can find shops in Piccadilly and Knightsbridge, where the brogues and Oxfords sell to both Londoners and tourists looking for that traditional English gentleman’s look.

John Lobb
88 Jermyn Street St. James's SW1Y 6JD
Region: St. James's
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: John Lobb may have sold off part off itself to Hermes but its heritage remains in the UK. Possibly the preeminent men’s footwear specialists in London, a pair of John Lobbs are as much a status symbol as they are a pair of shoes. The prices make them exclusive but the quality means a comfortable shoe that will last for years and years.

18 Hanbury Street Shadwell E1 6QR
Region: Shadwell
Nearest Station: Shoreditch (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Grenson was struggling to modernize until the former Adidas Originals designer Tim Little came into the company. In a short time the brand was back out there mixing up its classic moulds with new contemporary designs. The chunky Vibram soles are something of a signature modern Grenson look.

  • USERS 8/10
67 Jermyn Street St. James's SW1Y 6NY
Region: St. James's
Nearest Station: Green Park (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Located on Jermyn Street, surrounded by other classic British fashion luminaries, Tricker’s is a quintessential brand in British footwear. Most famous for their brogues, those intricately detailed wingtips, they are fashionable in city and country circles.

Loake Shoemakers
8-10 Princes Arcade St. James's SW1Y 6DS
Region: St. James's
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Loake is another classic English shoemaker. Their London store is located in the Princes Arcade where you can find their selection of classic and contemporary models.

Harrods, Knightsbridge
87 - 135 Brompton Road Knightsbridge

AIL Says: Harrods Shoe Salon is a place for true footwear addicts. Luxury lives in every pair and names like Tom Ford, Gucci and Paul Smith decorate the space. Expensive doesn’t cover it; expect to see prices that go all the way up to £4,000 - yes, that’s four thousand pounds! – for a pair of Ermenegildo Zegna crocodile skin derby shoes.

Selfridges, Oxford Street
400 Oxford Street

AIL Says: If you want to find a quality selection of shoes without wearing your poor feet out looking, then stop in on Selfridges. The range is huge, with a variety of styles to suit all tastes. Brands include Kurt Geiger, Oliver Sweeney, Todds, Grenson, Nicholas Kirkwood and Hudson.

Office Shoes
190 Oxford Street Marylebone W1D 1NR
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus

AIL Says: Londoners will know Office stores as the shoe shops where men and women are given the blessing to divide up and head off in the direction of their own sex’s footwear. The men’s section offers a range of styles that compete with the luxury brands for looks but stay low on price. If you’re intimidated by paying over £100 for a pair of shoes then Office is the place.

  • USERS 9/10
10A South Molton Street Mayfair W1K 5QJ
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Bond Street

AIL Says: Poste combines the shoes of its own in-house brand with labels like Grenson, Paul Smith and Ask the Missus to offer a store that has it all. It may be small but this South Molton Street shop is a compact collection of some of the best shoes – at the best prices - around.

Britains Largest Fashion Store 222 Oxford Street Marylebone W1C 1DD
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus

AIL Says: If you want a range of men’s shoes where prices don’t come close to a moth’s rent then Topman has your back. The shoe department is well curated and offers a mix between modern and classic. You won’t get the very biggest brands; instead you’ll get contemporary designs avoiding premium materials in favour of accessible price points.

  • USERS 6/10

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