Celebrating 50 Years in Business!
In 1970 my dad graduated from the University of San Francisco. He represented the first generation in his family to immigrate to the United States. Within the first year after graduating, in October 1970, he opened a shoe store on Union Street. My dad, Shaw, was 26 years old at the time.
Almost 50 years later, Shaw Shoes still stands in the same location on Union Street in Cow Hollow, San Francisco. On a weekly basis, women come into the store and share their memories of shopping at Shaw Shoes in the 1970s and 1980s. They talk about having dinner across the street when it was Prego and dancing at the 2001 disco, in the same building. Most importantly, these customers can nearly always describe the first pair of shoes they purchased and they are always happy to see Shaw Shoes is still here, helping keep Union Street the lively street it has always been.
Shaw Shoes is known to carry some of the most unique footwear in the country. Our customers come here to get something that no one else has and something that makes them feel special. This is why our customers carry these shopping memories with them for so many years.
Our merchandise is unique for many reasons. First and foremost, each item is hand selected by my dad and myself. We travel to Milano, the fashion capital of the world, twice a year seeking out the latest fashion trends. We hand select each style, color, and size. Most of our shoes are both designed and hand-constructed in Italy using the finest Italian leathers. Months later, once these shoes are produced, we personally import our merchandise directly from Italy. This curated process separates Shaw Shoes from most other retailers.
I was born in the 1980s and spent most of my childhood in the shoe store. Keeping up with the current retail trends, I have expanded our customer base with our online website. Now our customers who have moved out of the area are able to continue to purchase shoes from our online store.
I hope you enjoy your shopping experience as much as we have enjoyed bringing Italian fashion to you.