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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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Vans' new Christmas collection proves beyond doubt that Santa is real

Christmas skulls and ho ho ho laces is all we want to wake up to on December 25

by Jamie Carson
02 Dec 2016

Trainer of the Day: Size? x adidas Gazelle GTX 'London'

They look like a lovely postbox

by Sam Diss
28 Nov 2016

Trainer of the Day: NIKE Air Max LD-Zero H

This shoe is so beautiful it will ruin your life

by Sam Diss
23 Nov 2016

Diadora trainers are back and better than ever

The revamped retro trainers that will give adidas & Nike a run for their money

by Jamie Carson
23 Nov 2016

Your new favourite trainers are made from recycled ocean plastic

The footwear giant has teamed up with Parley for a slick environmentally friendly version of the UltraBOOST Uncaged

by Jamie Carson
04 Nov 2016

15 black trainers that'll prepare you for dark winter days

We'll start wearing a different colour when they make something darker

by Jamie Carson
28 Oct 2016

These futuristic trainers have a built-in TV, phone charger and wi-fi

The one-off pair by Virgin America is on sale for charity Soles4Souls

by Jamie Carson
18 Oct 2016

Dr Martens glow-in-the-dark skeleton boots are a Halloween must-have

You could literally be the walking dead

by Jamie Carson
07 Oct 2016

The Walking Dead trainers and 14 other customised kicks

Prepare to get some serious footwear envy

by Jamie Carson
03 Oct 2016

Out now: Vans' new Toy Story trainers are absolutely perfect

"There's a snake in my hi-top!"

by Jamie Carson
03 Oct 2016