London's best running shops
Keep your feet happy by stocking up on running shoes, clothing and equipment in these great sports shops
Great gear will help you put your best foot forward, so jog on into one of these excellent running shops and get kitted up. Gait assessments, shoe advice, sports clothing and running gadgets you never knew you needed are all available, and not a smelly sock in sight.
Catering for skiiers, tennis players, trekkers and runners alike, this busy Fulham shop uses sophisticated technology to create bespoke insoles if you have £119.95 to spare. First, you’ll need to book in for a thorough assessment (£40) where your feet and running style will be scrutinised – you’ll even be provided with footscans and bespoke exercises. If you are simply on the hunt for new running shoes, book in for a free ‘light’ service where your gait is measured. Staff are knowledgable and super-helpful. Brands include Asics, Adidas, Brooks, Saucony and Mizuno.
- Profeet, 857 Fulham Road, SW6 5HP
Book in for a personal consultation if you want to find running shoes to fit your feet and running habits. Brands include Asics, New Balance and Adidas. There’s also heaps of running gear and accessories.
- Runnersworld, 139 Field End Road, HA5 1QH
Incongruously located within a ten metre sprint from this monster mall’s massive fast food joints, this efficient store offers a wide range of running apparel and trainers as well as gait analysis via treadmill video recording, customised insoles, sports bra fitting and free access to online fitness support service Full Potential. A popular free running group meets at the store on Tuesdays and Sundays, a rare example of community spirit and dedicated customer service in a shopping centre like this.
- Sweatshop, Unit 1027 Westfield Stratford, Ground Floor, E20 1ES
Nike’s first running-specific store has weekly run clubs, gait analysis, the bespoke NikeiD service and the full range of clothing and sneakers. A mini, specialist version of the oft-overwhelming Nike Town store on Oxford Circus.
- 14-15 Neal Street, WC2H 9LY
An appointment only service run by true specialists from a personal training suite. During your assessment, running coaches from the centre will carry out video gait analysis, measure your feet, and then prescribe you a pair of shoes. They’ll also recommend exercises to strengthen muscles revealed as lacking in the tests to help improve your running technique.
- Synergy Running, Synergy Studio, 31 Tottenham Lane, N8 9BD
This well-established running shop offers a ‘Natural Gait Analysis’ which provides feedback on your foot strike (that’s how your foot lands) and the way your whole body moves. Staff will assess your running style by taking you on the treadmill. You’ll then have the opportunity to try on different shoes as they continue to test the efficiency of each model. Allow about half an hour for the process. Specialist brands include Saucony, Zoot and Mizuno alongside bigger barnds like Adidas and Nike.
- 42 Palmer Street, SW1H OPH
This friendly independent prides itself on great customer service and offers a fine range of running gear. Enthusiasts of the barefoot running trend, here you will find a good selection of ultra-lightweight running shoes from specialist brands like Vivo Barefoot. As with all top running shops, London City Runner offers a gait analysis to help you find your ideal running shoes. Trainer brands include Asics, Brooks and Mizuno.
- London City Runner, 10 Ludgate Broadway, EC4V 6DU
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