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Soft Steps: Thierry Rabotin Fall 2010 Trunk Show

For feet that would rather spend big on comfort than trends, shoes by French designer Thierry Rabotin may be just the thing to put a spring in your step.

Made using a special construction technique called sacchetto, the luxury brand’s footwear eschews traditional insoles and metal reinforcements in favor of a glove-like fit created by hand-sewing linings to uppers. The end result? Lightweight shoes that allow the foot to move naturally.

The brand continues the simple silhouettes and functional styling it’s best known for in its offerings for fall ($385-$850), among them round-toe flats, ankle boots and day shoes with wedge heels.

Intrigued? Preview the fall collection, place pre-orders and view customizable styles this week during a trunk show taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 8 and 9, at Arthur Beren, 222 Stockton St., 415-397-8900.