British Boot Company

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Camden Town
The British Boot Company was the first UK retailer for Dr Martens and became a favourite haunt of bands such as the Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks and Madness in their late 1970s heyday. As well as the aforementioned DMs, the BBC offers all manner of big-soled, mean-looking, hard-wearing boots and shoes from the likes of Solovair, Gladiators, Grinders, NPS and Tredair. This is also one of the few outlets where you can get your hands on George Cox, the British brand famed for its brothel creepers and winklepickers and newer Robot shoes. The shop even sells vintage versions for true Cox aficionados
Venue name: British Boot Company
Address: 5 Kentish Town Road
Opening hours: Open 10am-7pm daily
Transport: Tube: Camden Town tube
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Average User Rating

1.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:4
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Very disappointing now what it was
1 of 1 found helpful

I had bought boots at this shop many years a go. Times change I am afraid! I feel very let down indeed by this shop as the prices are not consistent and some of the staff are less than helpful. They have a superb range of stock but with poor customer service there are alternatives!

1 of 1 found helpful

Do NOT shop at this store! They rip off tourists and scam internet sales. You will get 3 different prices if you ask 3 different clerks.. many boots aren't even priced. After looking on their website i saw the same pair they quoted in store for 190, on line for 125.. SAME BOOTS. This has happened to many people apparently, switching prices and not shipping goods. Somehow they wrangled me into buying a pair of boots, then later i discovered they were irregular, so when I returned them they refused a refund but TOOK the boots and issued me a credit. Their store website policy clearly states 30 day refunds, in-store its final sale? Save your hard earned money and shop elsewhere!!

Charley L

This is one of my favourite shops in London! I'm always keen to support independent retailers and the British Boot Company does not disappoint. The store is home to the best collection of boots and shoes I have come across in a long time. With so much choice it can be hard to choose but the staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. Not sure about the previous reviews as I found everyone there very friendly and thanks to them am now a proud owner of a pair of British made Grinders. I love my new boots and will hopefully be returning to the shop soon - a must visit for anyone in Camden.

Sam K

I went into the store to ask whether they had any advice/products to help me look some new Dr Martens I had bought from elsewhere. As soon as a horrible excuse for a human being (an angry man, guessing it was the owner based on other reviews I have read) discovered that I had purchased my shoes from another retailer he threw some personal abuse at me and then told me bluntly to get out. If he really cared about shoes he would have offered me advice (I know this given my Father is a shoe retailer himself!!). Instead he was just bitter that another retailer received money from me and therefore refused to help. I offered no resistance and left as I cannot be dealing with such people. They are not worth my time or effort. One of the shop assistants timidly offered to help as he saw that I just wanted a bit of advice. He probably got bollocked for doing so after I left given the nature of the man in charge. Anyway, if you want to purchase some Dr. Martens and are around the Camden Town area, just pop down on the northern line to Tottenham Court Road and head to the Dr. Martens store on Neal St (by the way, I do not work for this store, I'm sure they do not need any help in terms of sales!). In there they will help you and not make you leave the store feeling like a worthless piece of shit. It is a shame that the store is run the way it is as it is in a great location and offers good products. I am not advocating to abandon independent stores, far from it. However some are just simply not worth visiting and for the reasons I have stated, this is one of them.

**I will copy this post to other reviewing mediums in order to make people aware of what a vile experience they could have if they are not prepared to possibly  receive extremely poor service.**


Just visted this shop with the intent to purchase. I found them extremely passive aggressive, as soon as I had mentioned I had been in the store before but haven't purchased a pair of boots from them as of yet there tone changed dramatically. They told me the shop wasn't a museum, pretty much refused to answer any questions regarded the different styles of boots ( apart from repeating over and over they were made in England) and the shoes I bought were made in China (they clearly disliked me/chip on their shoulder). Told me that 'You're not going to buy today are you'. The fact is I was planning too, but after the awful, aggressive, unhelpful service I will never step foot in this shop again. Such a shame. I would put 1 star ( only due to amazing stock) but it will only let me put two sadly!

Yasuhisa T

PLEASE BE AWARE this shop does not offer refund under any circumstances even if it's for their fault. I was refused refund of a pair of shoes which didn't match the description, despite the fact they made mistake handling it. When went into a shop, I felt the owner of this shop has been physically threatening, raising his voice, forcing me to take back the goods. They have also made some racist remarks about Japanese, calling me Jap (which I overheard when I rang them). I've contacted the relating authority to deal with them. Loads of stress. Please stay away from this nasty retailer if you want a stress free shopping, and someone ought to teach them how to address others in a civilised manner. BEST AVOIDED.