San Francisco Bootblack 2018: Victoria!

Posted by Contest Producers on 04 March 2018

Last night, Victoria earned the title of San Francisco Bootblack 2018, after a fiercely close competition between the three contestants. This was such an amazing first year of San Francisco Bootblack. We are all incredibly excited to see what all of the contestants do in the months and years ahead. All of the contestants should be very proud of what they put forth on that stage this weekend.

Victoria’s speech garnered a standing ovation from the audience, while Kenzi’s moved a few to tears, Camryn left the audience contemplative. Every contestant impacted the crowd last night. The crowd was buzzing about the contest all weekend.

We are all looking forward to see what Victoria does this year with the San Francisco Bootblack tile. We know you will represent this title well.

Matt Welch, contestant number 4, earned the title of Mr San Francisco Leather completing the 2018 San Francisco Leather Title Family. Victoria and Matt join Haley as this years ambassadors for our community.

Open Interview Schedule Announced

Posted by Contest Producers on 27 February 2018

The open interview schedule is finalized. All interviews will take place at SF Catalyst - 1060 Folsom St. The Interviews are open to the public this year, and completely free.

Come out and support the contestants!


  • No cell phones allowed.
  • The room will be emptied after each interview with a short break.
  • No entry once the interview has started will be allowed.
  • No audience participation.
  • Luch is only provided for contestants, judges, and staff.
  • All others will be asked to clear the room during Lunch. We suggest a quick trip to Wicked Grounds, which is just over a block away.

Tickets On Sale

Posted by SF Bootblack Producer on 12 February 2018

Tickets for the 2018 San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance Weekend, including the Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 Contest, the San Francisco Bootblack 2018 Contest, and the San Francisco Leather Community Awards are now on sale here.

We recommend the “Weekend Package” for $119. This includes the Friday Formal Dinner and Awards (VIP seating, first to be served, close to the stage, 2 drink tickets), the Saturday night Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018 and San Francisco Bootblack 2018 Contests (VIP seating, 2 drink tickets), the Saturday night Victory Play Party, the Sunday Victory Beer Bust, the Weekend T-shirt, the Contest pin, and access to the Saturday workshops and vendor mart.

A la carte ticket purchases are also available:

  • $40 Friday Formal Dinner
  • $10 Friday Awards only – no dinner
  • $30 Contest – general seating (in advance)
  • $35 Contest – general seating (at the door)
  • $20 Play Party (in advance)
  • $25 Play Party (at the door)
  • $2 Drink tickets (see details below)

Scholarships are available! You can donate towards making the parts of the weekend available to a community member who can’t afford all or part of the event. Please email to arrange to donate funds to help someone get to the event, or simply make a donation when you buy your own advance tickets. Want to attend but short on funds? Email the same address for information on reduced priced tickets, made possible by the funds donated.

Drink Tickets

Drink tickets are $2 per ticket. Soda or water cost 1 ticket, beer or wine 2 tickets, spirits 3 tickets. If you buy 2 drink tickets in advance, you get one additional free ticket at the door.

Beer Bust

The “Victory Beer Bust” will be held at the San Francisco Eagle, 398 12th Street at Harrison. This San Francisco Sunday afternoon tradition has a regular price of $15, which includes a plate of delicious food and all the beer or soda you care to drink, from 3 to 6 pm. Admission is 21+ only.

All other Leather Alliance Weekend events are for folks age 18+ only.


The Saturday daytime events (judges’ interviews, workshops, and vendor mart) are free and open to all.

All tickets are “will call”, and may be picked up at the registration table at SOMArts on Friday or Saturday. Tickets will be held in the name of the purchaser. Please bring ID. You do NOT need to print out or bring your purchase receipt.

Leather Alliance Weekend proceeds benefit the programs of the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization. Please visit for more info on our programs and events.

Meet Your 2018 Contestants At Bay Area Bootlab

Posted by SF Bootblack Producer on 07 February 2018

With only 4 weeks to go until the first San Francisco Bootblack titleholder will be chosen, we know you want to meet the contestants. Come meet the contestants

All three of our contestants will be there hanging out, meeting all of you, and prepping for their upcoming run. The Boot Brunch and Open Leather Lounge hosted by The Bay Area Bootlab. The monthly skill share and leather care lounge is held every month at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, San Francisco.

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2018 Contestant Class

Posted by SF Bootblack Producer on 21 January 2018

The time has come to meet the contestant class of 2018. It's the moment you've all been waiting for. One of these amazing contestants will be the first San Francisco Bootblack. To get to know our class a little bit better and read their bios, please visit the contestant page.