As anyone with feet knows, shoes are practically a prerequisite, and if you’re a girl, you’ll most likely want several pairs. At the very least a shoe for each foot. Come walk a mile in my flip-flops, tripping through boot-tips, and deals fantastic as I step inside four Santa Barbara area shoe boutiques, each heeled with its own specialty brands, and area of focus.
As an avid runner, the first store we visit has to be Santa Barbara Running. A locally owned and family operated specialty running store, their locations in Goleta and Santa Barbara are staffed by employees who are themselves runners. Knowledgeable about the special challenges and considerations a runner looks for in their footwear–from terrains, to treads, to sizing–when I need to replace my New Balance, or upgrade my Asics, there is no better selection, advice, or price than those offered at Santa Barbara Running. Open 7 days a week. http://sbrunningco.com/home
Life isn’t all about jogging, though. To make the donuts, you got to walk that line, and if you’re looking to buy work boots, look no further than Red Wing Shoes. Located off Upper State in Loreta Plaza, Red Wing Shoes is over a century old, and a worldwide name. Open 7 days a week, Red Wing Shoes is a warehouse of a boutique, offering specialty brands that encompass trail-running trainers, hunting and hiking boots, as well as a full range of shoe repair & custom-fitting to insure your shopping trip is no flight of fancy. Whether safety toe or soft toe, insulated or waterproof, Red Wing Shoes–and boots–are made for working! http://www.santabarbara.redwingshoestore.com/
When the workday’s done and I want to step out in style, I need look no further than Diani Shoes. You’ll feel like Cinderella before midnight the day long when you step into this paradise of heels and boots, flats and sandals, wedges, and yes, even sneakers can be found in this upscale emporium. Located at 1324 State Street, in Suite #H, and open 7 days a week, a whimsical but well-made kick is just a few steps away from virtually anywhere in Santa Barbara. Bring your piggy bank; this store knows the value of its soles! http://www.dianiboutique.com/shoes.html
Rather foot a smaller bill when stepping out in designer style? You don’t have to compromise label choice or bragging rights when you shop at Jessica Consignment Store. Don’t let the term consignment fool you: Jessica’s shoe selection includes such well-known brands as Chanel, Fiore, and Steiger, as well as Gucci, Prada, and the more reasonable Steve Madden line. Located in the 2000 block of De la Vina Avenue, Jessica’s doors are open Monday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6. http://jessicaconsign.blogspot.com/