Our favourite London trainer stores

Sneak a peak at these sneakers

Whether you view trainers as utility footwear or deem them so valuable you’d never wear them, there’s no denying London is keen on its sneakers.

So what if you can only wear one pair at a time... there are seven days in a week and 365 days in a year so it’s time to get collecting at London’s best stores.

Just do it.




Foot Patrol
80 Berwick Street Soho W1F 8TN
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Having left London for a brief attempt at ‘finding itself’, Footpatrol is back in all its minimal caged glory. Arguably London’s one true legend in the field and one that hoards accounts from the big brands like trainer collectors hoard, er, trainers. It’s always good for something a bit different.

  • SHOE SHOPS
  • USERS 6/10
The Hideout
7 Upper James Street Soho W1F 9DH
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: The Hideout might be beyond the pay packet of some of us but what you’ll find here is the holy grail of the trainer world, the collaboration. Stay cool, examine that pair of Vans and make sure it says Supreme beneath the Off The Wall tab. Yes? You’ve found it, so buy it, head home and put it on EBay. Kerrrrching! Not really, keep them and show your friends. Just don’t take them out in the rain!

  • CLOTHES - MEN
  • USERS 3/10
The Other Side Of The Pillow
61 Wilton Way Kingsland E8 1BG
Region: Kingsland
Nearest Station: Hackney Downs (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Reissues of old classics are fine but when the market gets flooded it’s time to go back to the source and when we say source, The Other Side of the Pillow must have been hiding out at the Van Doren factory circa 1966. The sheer amount of original Vans piled up in this Hackney gem is enough to call it London’s Vans Mecca without falling foul of hyperbole. This store is a blessing.

  • FABRIC SHOPS
Size?
37 Neal Street Covent Garden WC2H 9PR
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Take your pick from the tens of branches spread across London and whichever you choose, quality will await. Size almost solely provides fashion trainers rather than performance product, with a varied range from Adidas, Nike and Puma to smaller brands like Pointer and Saucony. They also stock apparel, lifestyle magazines and accessories.

  • SHOE SHOPS
Offspring
60 Neal Street Covent Garden WC2H 9PJ
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Since Offspring is owned by the footwear retail behemoth, Office, it’s no surprise that they have access to some of the best trainers available on general release. Think Star Wars and Adidas collaborations and walls of Nike, Puma and Asics for boys and girls. Offspring also stock high-end labels such as Y-3, Common Projects and Jeremy Scott.

  • SHOE SHOPS
  • USERS 8/10
1948
Arches 477-478 Bateman's Row Shoreditch EC2A 3HH
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: If it’s not a pop-up bar, restaurant or cinema then it’s a pop-up boutique and Nike’s was so well received they moved it round the corner and said, ‘Hey, you’re permanent!’ The graphics on show are luminous and people are digging this place but what of the product inside the shell? Quick Strike is king, meaning that the shoes are limited to the sweetest stores, 1948 being one such emporium and people will come to see Lunar, Free and Flywire like the wise men flocked to Christ.

  • SHOE SHOPS
Runners Need
34 Parkway Camden NW1 7AH
Region: Camden
Nearest Station: Camden Town (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: If performance is the name of your game then you need Runners Need. Dealing in only the best footwear to assist in the art of running, this chain has locations across London. Staff will size you up to the specifications you require and send you on your way with exactly what you need for that next marathon.

  • SPORTS GOODS SHOPS
Dover Street Market
17-18 Dover Street Mayfair W1S 4LS
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Green Park (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Uber-stylish department store, Dover Street Market is not a trainer store as such. However, where hip style resides, so do the occasional exquisite trainers. You’ll always find styles that might not fit into regular high street stores and if nothing takes your fancy then just enjoy one of the most original stores in London.

  • FASHION SHOPS
  • EMAIL
  • USERS 8/10
Nike Town
236 Oxford Street Marylebone W1C 1DE
Region: Marylebone
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus

AIL Says: Nike Town is not strictly a shop, it’s a town; a town that’s dedicated to meeting your every sporting need, and that means footwear. Basketball boots, tennis shoes or runners – they are all here. Plus, who could resist a little amateur design at the Nike iD Studio? We’ve got some red and white Nike’s with ‘AIL’ stitched on one heel, and ‘Rules’ on the other. You don’t have to be quite so egotistical as us though.

  • SPORTS GOODS SHOPS
  • USERS 6/10


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