Footpatrol / London, UK
I’ve spent a very nice weekend in London and I had time to visit some of the best sneaker stores there. The one I was the most excited about was Footpatrol, as in my opinion they’ve made the best Gel Saga collaboration to date and also the best pair of the 25th Anniversary of the split tongue silhouette.
Back in 2002 Footpatrol opened their doors to the public, suppling them since then with the most exclusive footwear, apparel and accessories from the most popular brands worldwide. The stores is stocked with unique products from known brands like Nike Tier Zero, adidas Consortium, Puma List, Asics Family & Friends and many more. Since they’re opening they’ve been providing sole collectors all over the globe with the freshest releases.
In 2010 Footpatrol moved to they’re current location. It’s a pretty small, but cool store in the center of Soho. The store was designed by the well known Wilson Brothers,taking inspiration of the small hidden boutiques in Japan.
If you’re taking a trip to London, I definitly recommend you to visit this incredible sneaker shop!
Offspring / London, UK
Offspring opened their doors back in 1996 in the heart of London, offering since then an excellent selection of trainers for the UK and worldwide customers.
The first store being Neal Street in London’s Covent Garden where its conception was developed on both the premises that the trainers were at the forefront of design, and also the original OFFSPRING stores themselves – creating a revolutionary and unique shopping experience in the UK.
Offspring counts with various shops in the UK, based in Birmingham, London and Manchester. They have been the leading sneaker retailer in Great Britain since they’re opening and also one of the first shops to ever collaborate with New Balance Made in England.
This year Offspring is celebrating their 20th anniversary and will be releasing some interesting collaborations, so stay tuned to they’re Instagram for more information!
They kicked the year of with an amazing Gel Lyte V, inspired by their first store in the Covent Garden and they just released a Pump Fury Pack. Later this year they’ll be releasing a second pair partnership with Asics Tiger.
I visited the first shop they ever opened, the one in Covent Garden. A little shop, but very nice built. The employees where very kind and we had time to talk a bit about they’re recent Gel Lyte V collaboration, which is shown in the pics below.
Seven Sneaker Store / Basel, Switzerland
I visited the freshly new relocated Seven Sneaker Store in Basel, Switzerland. I had the pleasure to chat with the store owner and dear friend Marc and also with his work partner Vinci about their new location, their business and of course about our common passion, sneakers.
The Seven Sneaker Store first opened back in September 2011 in Basel and in June they moved to a new and bigger location in the heart of Basel. I had a nice meet up with the guys from the Seven Sneaker Store to talk about our common passion about sneakers and also about his relation to the brand Asics Tiger.
The store has recently moved to his new location, which is more central than his last one. As you can see in the pictures, the display looks spot on and they also have some very nice paintings in the shop, which were made by Ejay, a very talented dude which is part of the Sole Season team.
They are preparing a very nice project in the upper part of the store. Apart from his sneaker passion, the store owner Marc, is also a big fan of art. He wants to prepare a showroom, where he will be able to combine his two passions and we also might see a little gallery out of my collection there in near future, as also a small ASICS Museum for the 30 years Gel-Anniversary in November.
Sivasdescalzo / Madrid, Spain
Sivasdescalzo prides itself in carefully hand picking the best sneakers, including special editions, emerging brands, collaborations, along with the premium classics, vintage, and retro styles from the top brands.
“Sivasdescalzo” is translated to englisch “if you go barefoot”,which is a play on words on treating yourself with a nice pair of sneakers and not walking barefoot.
Back in July, when I spent a week in Madrid, I visited one of Spain’s finest sneaker stores Sivasdescalzo. A very nice looking shop, with lots of variety and of course some good ASICS general releases at display.
I sadly never visited their flagship store in Barcelona, but from what I heard it’s and seen on pictures in must be spot on. They created a new shopping concepts, where the customer can feel like at home, but surrounded by the latest trends in the sneaker and fashion industry.
Definitely one of the stores to look after, when you’re looking for a nice pair of sneakers!
Sneakersnstuff / London, UK
Sneakersnstuff opened in 1999 for the first time in Stockholm. The store by two sneaker enthusiasts called Erik and Peter. Both have had working experience with sport goods and decided to create SNS. Since then the retailer has been one of the most popular stores worldwide and has expanded their store to Malmö, London and Paris.
Personally I think Sneakersnstuff is one of those stores that deserves every single moment of success they’ve had. A very familiar shop with an humble background. SNS is also one of the most popular stores when it comes to collaborations… Asics, Adidas, New Balance, Puma and many more have been lucky enough to work with this unbelievable store!
This was a very special visit for me, as I met one of the original founders of SNS Peter back on April 16th & 17th at the Sneakerness in Zurich. We were able to talk about the store policy that they maintain and also about future collaborations (stay tuned). Peter is a spot on guy and I really hope to meet him again soon in Sweden.
The store in London is very nice and pretty big. They have a nice choice of sneakers and apparel.