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Photo of Freda Salvador's design studio-slash-boutique by Aubrie Pick

San Francisco has some seriously great shoe stores, and several of them have been mainstays of the Bay Area for nearly two decades. Gimme Shoes was in Hayes Valley long before it was the most stylish neighborhood in San Francisco, as were Bulo and Paolo. Shoe Biz has been outfitting the feet of the young, style-conscious Haight Street shopper since the days when Jerry was still singing Truckin'. And we've got plenty of new blood to satisfy our shoe fetishes, including a spanking new Jimmy Choo in Union Square. Collected below are San Francisco's best shoe purveyors in a handy map. Let the shoe tour of SF begin!


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1. Jimmy Choo

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845 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 391-3300
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Jimmy Choo opened its first stand-alone store in SF in May 2012. The jewel-box boutique features plush seating, mirrored tables and crystal chandeliers, the better to shop in style for limited edition and SF-only styles. You'll find lots of glitter, but plenty of neutrals as well for the less flashy among us.

2. Kurt Geiger

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250 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 399-1170
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Kurt Geiger, founded on Bond Street in 1963, opened its first U.S. outpost in San Francisco in 2012. The brand has a shoe to suit every style from punk rock to business casual, and still somehow everything manages to be on trend and chic. Don't miss their amazing seasonal sales.

3. Gimme Shoes

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381 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 800-8992
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Gimme shoes is so popular that the owners have opened a second location—on the same street (Hayes). They also have a third location on Fillmore. The first Gimme opened in 1984, so you can trust that they know shoes. It's your place for an expertly edited selection of brands including Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Veronique Branquino, Ann Demeulemeester, Chie Mihara, YMC, Fiorentini + Baker, Repetto, Vialis and lots more.

4. Paolo

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524 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 552-4580
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Paolo shoes are all designed in San Francisco by Paolo Iantorno and made in Italy, which is a pretty great combo if you ask us. The styles are European and eclectic, with everything from bright yellow driving shoes to taupe platform booties. Also check out the Fillmore location.

5. Shoe Biz

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1420 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 861-0313
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With three locations on Haight Street, one on Valencia and one on 24th, Shoe Biz is the reigning small chain shoe store in San Francisco. Look for brands like Seychelles, Dr. Marten, New Balance, Fred Perry, H by Hudson and more. Don't miss their amazing sale prices on past and current seasons in the back of the store.

6. Freda Salvador

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1782 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 654-5128
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The design duo behind Freda Salvador, Megan Papay and Cristina Polomo-Nelson, channel "A French woman with no boundaries, a perfectly tailored Italian woman, an American rock star from the '70s, and a Mexican legend" in their shoes and boots that took the country by storm when they launched just last year. Their sample sale last week sold out in 45 minutes. Get 'em while they're hot!

7. Heidi Says Shoes

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2105 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 409-6850
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Heidi Says stores are prominent on Fillmore, one of SF's premier shopping strips San Francisco. The Collections and Casual shops are right down the block if you need an outfit to go with those DVF, B by Brian Atwood, Bettye Muller, or Guiseppe Zanotti lovelies.

8. Bulo Shoes

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418 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(864) 324-4636
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You'll find platforms by the legendary Kork-Ease, heels from J Shoes, H by Hudson booties, Alberto Fermani sandals, Donald Pliner, and lots more in the comfort and hard-to-find-brand category.

9. John Fluevog Shoes

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253 Grant Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 296-7900
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Fleuvog shoes are for a person with a particular style, and for that person, they are the holy grail. The brand is a mainstay of alterna-footwear, and SF is lucky enough to have a whole store full of it. Also check out the Haight Street store

10. London Sole

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19 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 397-8088
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If flats are your thing, this is your shoe store. The designer, Jane Winkworth, has been called the "queen of ballet flats" by Vogue. All colors, all shapes and sizes, all flats.

11. DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse

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400 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94102-2203
(415) 956-3453
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DSW may have moved to a smaller location when it was displaced by Uniqlo, but the bargains on designer shoes are still huge.

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1. Jimmy Choo

845 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Jimmy Choo opened its first stand-alone store in SF in May 2012. The jewel-box boutique features plush seating, mirrored tables and crystal chandeliers, the better to shop in style for limited edition and SF-only styles. You'll find lots of glitter, but plenty of neutrals as well for the less flashy among us.
845 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

2. Kurt Geiger

250 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Kurt Geiger, founded on Bond Street in 1963, opened its first U.S. outpost in San Francisco in 2012. The brand has a shoe to suit every style from punk rock to business casual, and still somehow everything manages to be on trend and chic. Don't miss their amazing seasonal sales.
250 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

3. Gimme Shoes

381 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Gimme shoes is so popular that the owners have opened a second location—on the same street (Hayes). They also have a third location on Fillmore. The first Gimme opened in 1984, so you can trust that they know shoes. It's your place for an expertly edited selection of brands including Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Veronique Branquino, Ann Demeulemeester, Chie Mihara, YMC, Fiorentini + Baker, Repetto, Vialis and lots more.
381 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Paolo

524 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Paolo shoes are all designed in San Francisco by Paolo Iantorno and made in Italy, which is a pretty great combo if you ask us. The styles are European and eclectic, with everything from bright yellow driving shoes to taupe platform booties. Also check out the Fillmore location.
524 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Shoe Biz

1420 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
With three locations on Haight Street, one on Valencia and one on 24th, Shoe Biz is the reigning small chain shoe store in San Francisco. Look for brands like Seychelles, Dr. Marten, New Balance, Fred Perry, H by Hudson and more. Don't miss their amazing sale prices on past and current seasons in the back of the store.
1420 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

6. Freda Salvador

1782 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
The design duo behind Freda Salvador, Megan Papay and Cristina Polomo-Nelson, channel "A French woman with no boundaries, a perfectly tailored Italian woman, an American rock star from the '70s, and a Mexican legend" in their shoes and boots that took the country by storm when they launched just last year. Their sample sale last week sold out in 45 minutes. Get 'em while they're hot!
1782 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

7. Heidi Says Shoes

2105 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115
Heidi Says stores are prominent on Fillmore, one of SF's premier shopping strips San Francisco. The Collections and Casual shops are right down the block if you need an outfit to go with those DVF, B by Brian Atwood, Bettye Muller, or Guiseppe Zanotti lovelies.
2105 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

8. Bulo Shoes

418 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA 94102
You'll find platforms by the legendary Kork-Ease, heels from J Shoes, H by Hudson booties, Alberto Fermani sandals, Donald Pliner, and lots more in the comfort and hard-to-find-brand category.
418 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

9. John Fluevog Shoes

253 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA 94108
Fleuvog shoes are for a person with a particular style, and for that person, they are the holy grail. The brand is a mainstay of alterna-footwear, and SF is lucky enough to have a whole store full of it. Also check out the Haight Street store
253 Grant Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94108

10. London Sole

19 Maiden Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108
If flats are your thing, this is your shoe store. The designer, Jane Winkworth, has been called the "queen of ballet flats" by Vogue. All colors, all shapes and sizes, all flats.
19 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

11. DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse

400 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2203
DSW may have moved to a smaller location when it was displaced by Uniqlo, but the bargains on designer shoes are still huge.
400 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94102-2203