San Francisco shoes are a mainstay for area shoppers. There's no denying that San Franciscans love their shoes-I know many people who have skipped eating lunch for a week in order to save money to buy a new pair of leather boots (not that they actually need them-San Franciscans are also known for having too many shoes). If you're in town and hungry for new footwear, you've got lots of places to choose from for making purchases. Here's our discriminating guide to the best shoe stores in San Francisco.
- 416 Hayes Street (between Gough and Octavia Streets)
- Phone: (415) 864-0691
- Official website: Gimme Shoes
A mainstay on the San Francisco shoe scene, Gimme has been putting stylish footwear on the trendy and fashionable for over 20 years now. Their roomy, well-lit showroom features designs from such well-known names as Prada, Paul Smith, Helmut Lang, Glory Chen, and Dries Van Noten. The shop also carries designer handbags and accessories like watches and sunglassses, as well as hot sneakers from the likes of Puma, Adidas, Onitsuka, and Nike. Be sure to check out the men's and women's sale racks, where you can find smashingly good deals all the time (I got a pair of suede Onitsuka high-tops here for $45!). Additional Gimme locations can be found at 50 Grant Avenue at Market Street (415-434-9242) and 2358 Fillmore Street at Clay Street (415) 441-3040).
San Francisco Shoes: Paolo
- 524 Hayes Street (between Gough and Octavia Streets)
- Phone: (415) 552-4580
- Official website: Paolo
Utterly elegant and expensive Hayes Valley shoe store is the place to come to when you want to strap on Italian-made footwear. Expect to find loafers, heels, boots, and lace-ups for men and women, as well as sprightly assistance from salespeople who are never snobby, even though they could get away with being so. There's a small selection of casual footwear, designer purses, and belts, but be warned now-don't even think about coming in here if you've got a shoe fetish but are low on money. It's almost impossible to not walk out with a purchase!
Astrid's Rabat Shoes & Accessories
- 3909 24th Street (at Sanchez Street)
- Phone: (415) 282-7400
- Official website: Astrid's
Cozy Noe Valley shoe shop places comfort over trendiness with their selection of footwear, although fashion isn't completely forsaken-you're just more likely to find a pair of kicks here that emphasize the importance of arch support as opposed to flashy materials and designs. Find leather and non-leather shoes and boots from Blundstone, Dansko, Keen, Earth, Cydwoq, Bacco Bucci, and Frye. There's also a great selection of handbags, wallets, and colorful socks.