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The 20 best independent trainer shops in the UK

Trainers, kicks, sneakers, sneaks, crepes… when it comes to picking your casual footwear, the difficulty isn’t deciding what to call them, but picking a pair that won’t leave you bored as soon as you walk out that shop door.

The trick for avoiding just that? Finding trainers that’ll have passers-by gawping at how rare, hard-to-find and downright beautiful they are. Unfortunately, you won’t find anything close to that in big department stores and high-street chains.

But you will find them here.

Before you, a rundown of the finest, greatest and coolest independent sneaker stores that lace the UK pavements. These are the guys that don’t stock their shelves based on what’ll shift quickest, but based on what gets them excited, and what should absolutely have you fizzing with excitement, too. Take a look through our gallery, and plan a spending spree to any one of these little rippers before handing over your cash anywhere else…

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