When it comes to shoe boutiques, San Francisco offers a little bit of something for everyone. From Haight Street hip to Union Street chic and everything in between, there’s a shoe store for every female footwear taste and budget. Here are five of the best, in no particular order.
Gimme Shoes was a Hayes Valley institution way before the neighborhood transformed into the stylish shopping destination it is today. This place has become so popular that they’ve opened a second location in the same neighborhood, on the same street. They’ve been the leading purveyor of designer footwear in the area since 1984, featuring labels like Chie Mihara, Coclico, Dries Van Noten and Ellen Verbeek. Their expertise and attentive customer service are nearly as awesome as their shoe selection.
John Fluevog Shoes caters to hip men and women with quirky, eclectic tastes. They’ve also got two locations: the Grant Street store exudes class, while their Haight Street location draws a mix of local scenesters and tourists looking for shoes you just won’t find anywhere else. John Fluevog has been in the shoe business for more than 40 years and has built a name for himself by offering original, funky footwear. Fluevog’s website claims they’ve got a “reputation for the world’s most distinctive shoes,” and that’s not too far off the mark.
Shoe Biz is the place to go for urban footwear in San Francisco. With five city locations– there are three on Haight Street, one on Valencia in the Mission and another one in Noe Valley– you’re never too far from one of their stores. Right now, they’re stocked full of sizzling summer styles, from one-of-a-kind designs from Dolce Vita to those hot Jeffrey Campbell Jelly Loves. You’ll find it all here, especially if you’re looking for a new pair of limited edition Adidas or New Balance kicks.
Jimmy Choo opened a stand-alone, jewel-box boutique on Market Street in 2012, delighting women throughout the Bay Area and beyond. The store oozes opulence, from the dazzling decor and plush seating to the mirrored tables and crystal chandeliers. But the real stars here are the legendary Jimmy Choo shoes, and if price is no option, your options are pretty much unlimited.
Heidi Says Shoes is an upscale boutique on Fillmore Street in Lower Pac Heights. Their Shoe Salon features a stylishly elegant selection of leading labels like B Brian Atwood, Guiseppe Zanotti and Vera Wang Lavender. From casual essentials to sinful stilettos, Heidi Says has got you, and your feet, covered.