What to See: Shoe Shopping in San Francisco

What to See: Shoe Shopping in San Francisco

Tourism season is really heating up now that San Francisco isn’t entirely encased in fog. Just last weekend we saw the bridge packed with visitors and the line up to Lombard Street two blocks long. Laura is planning her own visit to our favorite city and wants some tips:

I’m going to San Fran to visit a friend in August – and to scope out the city for a possibly move in my future. {editor’s note: yay!}

But my REAL concern at hand is shoe shopping. What are your top five places that I have to hit up? I LOVE flats and pumps – girly shoes. But I could use a nice pair of sneakers too – plus that’s what the bf would probably be interested in as well.

How fun! San Francisco has some great shoe stores. Here are my top 5 picks:

Mecca – Call me old fashioned, but I love the shoes at Nordstrom. Both the BP and woman’s shoe departments are full of creative groupings and killer finds. Their anniversary sale is on until August 6. Macy’s is also good (and usually on sale).

Discount – Loehmann’s on Kearney is your best bet for killer deals on designer shoes. Forget DSW, their prices aren’t that good.

Sneakers – The Puma store on Market Street is my favorite source for sneakers and sporty clothing. They’ve got a huge selection for Laura and her boyfriend.

Castro – Drop in to my neighborhood shoe shop, De la Sole, on 18th when you are visiting the Castro. Fantastic small selection of urban-style shoes for women and men.

Golden Gate Park – If you take the N train out to the park to see the Japanese Tea Garden, de Young museum or Conservatory of Flowers, be sure to stop in at Citi Shoes on Irving. They usually have a nice sale section.

Enjoy your visit to San Francisco, Laura. Don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes and warm clothes!

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  1. A at 6:29 pm

    I’ve found that Ambiance (with locations everywhere, it seems!) has a cute shoe selection as well, and often not that expensive.

  2. laura at 6:47 pm

    thanks soooo much emily! i will report back on how well i did! you’re the greatest. πŸ˜‰

  3. Calie Anderson, C.I.D. at 8:37 pm

    Hey Laura, I have found that if you like the shoes at Citishoes, then make a mental note of them. Then when you get home look for them on Zappos and you can get a better price. I live by Citishoes and have done this a number of times. Probably not so great since I should be supporting my local business, but fashion can be costly.

  4. Sara at 6:56 am

    this is a great blog post, im going to note it down for my trip in Oct πŸ™‚ you should do something similar for clothes shopping!