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It may not feel like it, with the fog finally lifting and the sun shining through, but fall is upon us. And nothing goes better with pumpkin spice lattes and apple picking than a brand new pair of boots. (Or maybe five new pairs?) Whether you're the bootie type or only wear over-the-knee, there's a local store for you to find your next sole-mate. After you restock your old faithful, try branching out to new styles. Cowboy boots will come in handy for next weekend's PBR rodeo in Oakland, and nothing cheers up a rainy day better than chic rain boots. So take a look through the map and plot your next city journey entirely dedicated to boots.


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1. Freda Salvador

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1782 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 654-5128
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This local brand makes the coolest boots around. And every style has some sort of special detailing, from metal fringe to wrap-around laces, that will never go unnoticed. But buyer beware: even just one pair will lead to severe Freda Salvador addiction.

2. Shaw Shoes

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2001 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 922-5676
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A San Francisco staple for over forty years, Shaw Shoes stocks the big guns like Cole Haan, Giuseppe Zanotti, Via Spiga, and Le Pepe. But the store's true highlight is its stash of chic rain boots. So if this winter proves to be a wet one (knock on wood), you know where to go.

3. Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe

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6439 California St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 751-9275
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Tal-Y-Tara is both a tea room and the only polo shoppe in the city. Here you'll find equestrian brands like Ariat that work double duty for horseback riding and striding around town. And psst, equestrian boots are as finely crafted as the ones from high fashion brands but at a marginally better price point.

4. Wingtip

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550 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 765-0993
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The Wingtip Club may steal most of the thunder, but the store's extensive boot selection is noteworthy, as well. For the man looking for the non-cowboy boot to add to his winter closet, look no further than Wingtip's line up of lace-ups and pull-ons.

5. Christian Louboutin

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29 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 658-9079
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The boots at Christian Louboutin won't take it easy on your piggy bank but they're so special that they warrant a trip to the Maiden Lane store—even if it just to take them for a spin around the showroom floor. But beware: once you imagine all the places and outfits that you'll wear those red-soled, tall leather beauties, you'll be walking out with a large, tan shopping bag on your arm.

6. Paolo Shoes

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2000 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 771-1944
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The shoes at this Fillmore boutique are designed in SF and made in Italy, meaning they're the best of both worlds. And Paolo's boot selection offers a wide range for all tastes from comfortable flats to sexy high heels.

7. Acrimony

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333 Hayes St, #100
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-1025
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Acrimony's boot selection isn't extensive but it is beautifully curated. Here you'll find brands like Rachel Comey and LD Tuttle and the kind of boots and booties that you'll wear for years to come.

8. Azalea Boutique

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411 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-9888
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This Hayes Valley store is the one you can always depend on to stock the current trends, boot styles included. So it's not surprising that it's the only place in town to try on the ever-stylish Anine Bing boots (like the studded ones that you constantly see on the feet of top bloggers).

9. Cary Lane

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560 Laguna St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 896-4210
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Cary Lane is where you'll find designer boots at deep discounts. Selection varies based on shipments and inventory, but chances are high that you'll score on a pair (or five).

10. Piper's Shoe Parlor

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1682 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 553-6884
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The store's ownership changed hands earlier this year, but you can still expect the same indie brands and impressive inventory as before. Here you'll find the kind of boots that no one else in the room will be wearing, like these Lucky Pony boots from Seychelles.

11. John Fluevog Shoes

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1697 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 436-9784
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This Canadian shoe brand has a cult following—and for good reason. The boots are high quality and the designs are eye catching. That being said, there's more here for the guy or girl with tastes that trend toward retro and mod.

12. Sui Generis Consignment

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2231 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 437-2231
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This consignment store has an ever-rotating selection of boots. And although you can't bet on finding your size, you can be sure to find high fashion brands and boots no matter the time of year. And for all those size 6 ladies out there, aren't these Chanel leather booties are calling your name?

13. OK Corral

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2521 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 643-3927
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Working cattle may not be in your near future, but if it is—or if you just want a really nice pair of cowboy boots—this is the store to visit. Your boots will fit right in at the next line dance and at the rodeo. Plus, because they're actually made for work, they'll break in like a glove and you'll never want to take them off.

14. Mill

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3751 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 401-8920
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Like everything else in this store, the boots are classic and timeless. They're the kind of boots that you'll wear every day and with any outfit and never grow tired of how they look. But selection is limited so check the online store in advance if you're looking for something specific.

15. Painted Bird

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1360 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 401-7027
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This vintage shop has the best taste in boots (with a penchant for Prada) but also an incredibly fast turnover rate. Keep an eye on the store's Instagram for a classic pair of brand name boots then call the store for first dibs at the goods.

1. Freda Salvador

1782 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
This local brand makes the coolest boots around. And every style has some sort of special detailing, from metal fringe to wrap-around laces, that will never go unnoticed. But buyer beware: even just one pair will lead to severe Freda Salvador addiction.
1782 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Shaw Shoes

2001 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
A San Francisco staple for over forty years, Shaw Shoes stocks the big guns like Cole Haan, Giuseppe Zanotti, Via Spiga, and Le Pepe. But the store's true highlight is its stash of chic rain boots. So if this winter proves to be a wet one (knock on wood), you know where to go.
2001 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Tal-Y-Tara Tea & Polo Shoppe

6439 California St, San Francisco, CA 94121
Tal-Y-Tara is both a tea room and the only polo shoppe in the city. Here you'll find equestrian brands like Ariat that work double duty for horseback riding and striding around town. And psst, equestrian boots are as finely crafted as the ones from high fashion brands but at a marginally better price point.
6439 California St
San Francisco, CA 94121

4. Wingtip

550 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111
The Wingtip Club may steal most of the thunder, but the store's extensive boot selection is noteworthy, as well. For the man looking for the non-cowboy boot to add to his winter closet, look no further than Wingtip's line up of lace-ups and pull-ons.
550 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. Christian Louboutin

29 Maiden Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108
The boots at Christian Louboutin won't take it easy on your piggy bank but they're so special that they warrant a trip to the Maiden Lane store—even if it just to take them for a spin around the showroom floor. But beware: once you imagine all the places and outfits that you'll wear those red-soled, tall leather beauties, you'll be walking out with a large, tan shopping bag on your arm.
29 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

6. Paolo Shoes

2000 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
The shoes at this Fillmore boutique are designed in SF and made in Italy, meaning they're the best of both worlds. And Paolo's boot selection offers a wide range for all tastes from comfortable flats to sexy high heels.
2000 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

7. Acrimony

333 Hayes St, #100, San Francisco, CA 94102
Acrimony's boot selection isn't extensive but it is beautifully curated. Here you'll find brands like Rachel Comey and LD Tuttle and the kind of boots and booties that you'll wear for years to come.
333 Hayes St, #100
San Francisco, CA 94102

8. Azalea Boutique

411 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
This Hayes Valley store is the one you can always depend on to stock the current trends, boot styles included. So it's not surprising that it's the only place in town to try on the ever-stylish Anine Bing boots (like the studded ones that you constantly see on the feet of top bloggers).
411 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

9. Cary Lane

560 Laguna St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Cary Lane is where you'll find designer boots at deep discounts. Selection varies based on shipments and inventory, but chances are high that you'll score on a pair (or five).
560 Laguna St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

10. Piper's Shoe Parlor

1682 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
The store's ownership changed hands earlier this year, but you can still expect the same indie brands and impressive inventory as before. Here you'll find the kind of boots that no one else in the room will be wearing, like these Lucky Pony boots from Seychelles.
1682 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

11. John Fluevog Shoes

1697 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
This Canadian shoe brand has a cult following—and for good reason. The boots are high quality and the designs are eye catching. That being said, there's more here for the guy or girl with tastes that trend toward retro and mod.
1697 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

12. Sui Generis Consignment

2231 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
This consignment store has an ever-rotating selection of boots. And although you can't bet on finding your size, you can be sure to find high fashion brands and boots no matter the time of year. And for all those size 6 ladies out there, aren't these Chanel leather booties are calling your name?
2231 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

13. OK Corral

2521 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Working cattle may not be in your near future, but if it is—or if you just want a really nice pair of cowboy boots—this is the store to visit. Your boots will fit right in at the next line dance and at the rodeo. Plus, because they're actually made for work, they'll break in like a glove and you'll never want to take them off.
2521 Mission St
San Francisco, CA

14. Mill

3751 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94114
Like everything else in this store, the boots are classic and timeless. They're the kind of boots that you'll wear every day and with any outfit and never grow tired of how they look. But selection is limited so check the online store in advance if you're looking for something specific.
3751 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

15. Painted Bird

1360 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
This vintage shop has the best taste in boots (with a penchant for Prada) but also an incredibly fast turnover rate. Keep an eye on the store's Instagram for a classic pair of brand name boots then call the store for first dibs at the goods.
1360 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110