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Designer Sneakers for women and men

Designer sneakers for men and women by London shoe designer Emma Hope and trendy plimsolls by Brora - all available to buy online...

Brora - gym shoes and plimsolls for holidaywear

Emma Hope - Designer sneakers for men and women

Hub Men - Designer trainers for men, from Camper, Converse and others, North London and online

Emma Hope's womens sneaker collection
Emma Hope's sneaker collection for women

The designer sneaker has its origins in the humble plimsole (or plimsoll) whose history seems to date back to the mid nineteenth century. The original simple canvas shoe with a flat, flexible rubber sole quickly developed into the popular ‘sports shoe’ common a century later as the ‘gymn shoe’ in schools and colleges in the UK and ‘sneakers’ in the USA.

In the UK the plimsole was compulsory footwear for PE lessons and cross-country running – usually white, black or navy blue. During the long, hot summer holidays, plimsoles were ideal for beach wear and boating and would become attractively faded with time.

At the same time, USA teenagers wore ‘sneakers’ which came to include the high ankle baseball shoe. Popular with cheer-leaders and beach boys, canvas sneakers were high fashion items, worn with casual jeans and full knee length skirts as part of the rock-and-roll styling.

A popular choice this summer, modern vintage sports shoes are a must for any wardrobe. Designer styling has created exciting versions with all forms of colour and fastenings; velcro, laces, buttoned straps and the traditional slip-on with elasticated insets (or gussets).

The designer sneaker (or trainer) is now an integral part of casual wear. Often customised, hand painted, decorated with diamontes or viewed as a marketing tool for campaign awareness it has seemingly endless possibility for innovation, invention and individualisation.

Emma Hope's velvet sneakers for women
Emma Hope's sneakers for women
Brora gym shoes
Brora gym shoes




186 Upper Street
London N1 1RQ

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Buy designer plimsolls online

Brora has a colourful range of plimsoles and gym shoes which are great for wearing on the beach. Made from rubber and canvas the Brora range is machine washable.

For fun, casual holiday wear - you can colour co-ordinate your gym shoes to match your outfit as they match the Brora colour palette.

Available in store and online

Opening hours
Mon - Sat 10.00 - 18.00
Sun 12.00 - 17.00

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Brora slip on plimsoles, great for the beach, buy online, London boutique, UK
Brora slip-on plimsolls

Emma Hope

Emma Hope

207 Westbourne Grove
Notting Hill
London W11 2SE

Emma Hope's designer sneakers for men and women are made from the finest materials as you'd expect from an Emma Hope design. These beautiful rich velvet sneakers in delicious colours are lined with the finest leather. A range of designs from the plimsole shape to baseball boot and a beautiful weekend overnight bag to match...irrisistible!

Women's basket ball sneakers, velvet - Emma Hope
Emma Hope's basket ball sneakers

Hub Men

Hub Menswear

88 Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0AP

Buy designer sneakers for men online - Camper, Converse and more

North London’s Hub menswear boutique stocks a range of designer sneakers for men. The collection includes Camper – Runner Loire, Hi Runners and from Converse,  Jack Purcell and Chuck Taylor All Star.

Also available to buy online!

More info, contact details & opening hours...

Camper, Runner Loire and Hi Runners available at Hub London
The Hi Runner from Camper

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