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Truth be told, we can wear boots anytime of the year in San Francisco. But the rest of the country is in the mood to get booted up right about now, so why not join in on the fun? Here are some of the most covetable choices of the season, all available at San Francisco retailers.
1. SF Originals: Freda Salvador, $515, at La Boutique: L'Art et La Mode in Jackson Square, 414 Jackson Street at Sansome
San Francisco designers Cristina Palomo and Megan Papay recently launched their new line of shoes and booties, Freda Salvador, to much (well-deserved) fanfare. The lace-up, jodhpur and mid-calf riding-style boots are instant classics that feature hair-calf accents in animal prints incuding snow leopard and cobra.
2. Fashion forward, walkable, platform booties: Rachel Comey, $449 at ACRE/SF in North Beach, 301 Union Street at Montgomery
Rachel Comey booties are always of the classic ilk, but somehow reinvented every season. Get in on the latest at ACRE/SF, and enjoy the shop's panoramic top of the hill view while you're at it.
3. Conceptual, slightly weird: MM6 x Margiela, $550, at Gimme Shoes in Hayes Valley, 416 Hayes Street at Gough
If you'd rather not sport the Jeffrey Campbells everyone else will have on their feet this season, Gimme can set you up with a pair of out-of-the-ordinary (and a tad spendy) MM6 Maison Martin Margiela wedge booties.
4. & 5. Ends of the spectrum: spiked heels to conductor styles:Kurt Geiger, $450 & $350, in Union Square, 250 Stockton Street at Post
Kurt Geiger London descended upon Union Square earlier this year, finally bringing the Brit brand's cheeky styles stateside. Here you can cover all your bases: the sexy Vanessa is mostly cab to curb (though we know from experience it's more comfortable than it looks), while the conductor-style "Slate" allows for city-wide jaunts.
6. A little bit country: Ariat, $350, at Nordstrom in Union Square, 865 Market Street at Fifth
Unless you're an actual equestrian, you may not have heard of Ariat. The brand is already a go-to for serious riders, and with its latest designs, Ariat hopes to reach a more mainstream audience. Nordstrom has picked up some of the its authentic and functional cowboy styles, and they're refreshingly easy on the wallet.