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London's best shoe shops

Where to find covetable footwear in the capital, for men and women

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Whether you're in search of sparkly stilettos or sturdy sneakers, London is head and feet above the rest. From the world's biggest shoe deparment to quirky boutiques, we've rounded up the capital's ultimate footwear finds.

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Church's

icon-location-pin Fitzrovia
201 Regent Street, London, W1B 4NA

Church's has been around for years, so long in fact that they were one of the first companies to distinguish between left and right feet and design shoes accordingly. Worn by politicians, celebrities, diplomats and probably James Bond, Church's classic styles are a true investment. The Regent Street store is well worth a visit to chat with the knowledgeable staff and soak up that irresistible smell of expensive leather.
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Harrods Shoe Salon

icon-location-pin Knightsbridge
87-135 Brompton, London, SW1X 7XL

In London, Harrods is the final word in luxury and the store's shoe departments are no exception. The women's section is fitted with gold-seamed marble floors and glass shelves and the men's section is an education in old-world glamour – at the entrance you'll find Gucci loafers and Tom Ford brogues on display aloongside orchids and bamboo shoots. The Harrods men's bespoke tailoring service is on the first floor: enquire about the exclusive made-to-order shoe service from Nick Tentis and Ferragamo.
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Irregular Choice

icon-location-pin London
35 Carnaby Street, London, WC1 7DP

Irregular Choice sells all sorts of weird and wonderful shoes as well as a small range of equally unusual clothes. Ascend the neon flashing stairs and check out the new floor.
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Kurt Geiger

icon-location-pin Covent Garden
1 James St, London, WC2E 8BG

Behold, a shoe chandelier! If you thought such things were limited to your dreams you're in for a treat at Kurt Geiger's new Covent Garden flagship. As well as Kurt Geiger and KG ranges, the store also stocks Prada and Marc Jacobs for women and Hugo Boss and Paul Smith for men. The accessories are great, too.
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Nicholas Kirkwood

icon-location-pin Mayfair
5 Mount Street, London, W1K 3NE

It's understandable to expect great things from the first stand alone shop from the shoe designer championed by Isabella Blow and Philip Treacy and you're unlikely to be disappointed – rotations of around three months see new installations in the building. Kirkwood's studio is above the shop so particularly keen beans can look out for the designer himself.
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Old Curiosity Shop

icon-location-pin Holborn
13-14 Portsmouth Street, London, WC2A 2ES

Japanese shoe designer Daita Kimura spends his days making avant-garde footwear in his basement workshop and concocting equally memorable names for his creations, such as 'Big Foot for Smelly Foot' (yes, really!).
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Poste Mistress

icon-location-pin Seven Dials
61-63 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9EP

Poste Mistress on Monmouth Street is high street stalwart Office's sexier, cooler sister. Finely treading the line between powder room and brothel, Poste Mistress is best known for its own-brand vertiginous heels but the shop also stocks an impressive range of designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney alongside fetish-worthy pairs.
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Russell & Bromley

icon-location-pin Regent Street
128-130 Regent Street, London, W1B 5SE

Although the shop layout may not be much to write home about, at the Regent Street store the shoes speak for themselves. Having successfully shaken off its Hampshire mummy reputation, in the last few years Russell & Bromley has gone from strength to strength, a testament to which is the enduring popularity of their Chester loafers. As well as beautiful flats for men and women there are extremely comfortable heels. Our tip? Head to the High Street Kensington store on a quiet afternoon to browse in peace or take advantage of the brilliant fitting service for children.
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Selfridges Shoe Galleries

icon-location-pin Oxford Street
400 Oxford St, London, W1A 1AB

Comprising six shoe galleries and 11 boutiques, the Shoe Galleries at Selfridges is the biggest shoe department in the world and stocks everything from Vans to Louboutin. The use of 'Galleries' isn't completely unjustified; each gallery has been created with the brand ethos in mind, for example Prada's jewellery box-inspired gallery and the Repetto space that's complete with theatrical red velvet curtains and chandeliers. Particularly remarkable is the designer room (beside a 'suspended garden of Eden') where couture shoes from the likes of Balenciaga, Rupert Sanderson and Givenchy are displayed on marble slabs and the service is second to none.
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Size?

icon-location-pin Seven Dials
37A Neal Street, London, WC2H 9PR

The Neal Street branch of Size? is a thing to behold for trainer geeks. Although there are other independent trainer shops in London, Size? is remarkable for the variety of its wares – you'll find classics alongside the freshest new releases.
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