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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.

Shoe Porn: 11 Fall Boots We Love

From Western we'd gladly wear to turn-of-the-century style capable of going the extra mile, fall boots are anything but boring. Here, 11 picks our calves are craving:

 

 

1. Wild West: Sparkling studs and a distressed leather finish add fun to the Call-of-the-West Booties by Frye, $498.

 

The Perfect San Francisco Shoe? Thank Martha Davis

Hear, ye! Hear, ye! We may very well have found the perfect San Francisco shoe – no easy feat in a town where hills, fierce winds and flirtatious pockets of summer sun are all in a day’s walk.

The hot-stepper we’ve set our sights on is an open-toe, open-heel leather boot courtesy of local footwear designer Martha Davis, whose wedge-heavy debut collection ($270-$750) for spring summer 2009 has garnered much praise since its launch earlier this year.

New and Not Just For Kicks: Chrome Shoes

You don’t need to be a badass bike courier brave enough to navigate the wilds of downtown San Francisco’s seriously trafficked streets to justify a pair of hardcore kicks from Chrome's new men’s shoe line, released this week.

Four styles strong, the debut shoe collection ($70-$90) features the same tough construction and durability that have made the 14-year-old company’s utility and messenger bags beloved by the local bike set, but are designed with regular pavement-pounders in mind.

“They’re just bomber shoes that last. If you get on a bike, you’re stoked, but if not...this is a core urban street shoe,” says Chrome’s Rob Reedy.

What's the Deal: Gucci Hits DSW, Self Edge, Mani-Pedi Discounts and more...

Because it doesn’t pay to pay more than you have to.

Gucci arrives at DSW: The Union Square location of this discount shoe retailer is one of 14 stores nationwide to receive shipments of shoes and accessories by Gucci, the latest high-end brand to land in the store. Expect to find items by the iconic Italian label going for up to 60 percent off retail.

New and Fabulous: Dekkori Shoe Styling Pieces

If the shoe fits, wear it, they say. We’d wager a more important factor is how that shoe looks. But that line of thinking can lead to crippling outcomes – and not just for your toes.

For Stephanie Kim, a fascination with fabulous footwear almost jeopardized the contents of her kitchen cabinets.

“My wardrobe has always been very simple. My obsession has always been shoes,” says the SoMa-based corporate attorney, who briefly considered tossing what lay within her cupboards to eek out more storage for her ever-growing shoe collection, now topping 200 pairs.

Shopping for Small Feet

Footwear is, perhaps, the only realm of women’s fashion where those seeking the smallest sizes perpetually come up short-handed. In any other category, the woman seeking the smaller size will – in most stores, at least – have more options than her larger counterparts. But when it comes to shoes, the tiniest toes face the toughest challenge. And according to Suzette Standring of The Huffington Post, the problem is only getting worse.

This Just In: High Heel Wearers More Likely to Get Mugged

We’ve come across many a disturbing fashion trend in our day, but this one certainly outranks many of them: high heels and shopping bags may make you more attractive to muggers. Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department reportedly announced that the flagging economy has coincided with an increase in robberies, and women wearing heels have been frequent targets for purse snatchers and petty thieves. And while sprinting in stilettos seems to work just fine on the silver screen, we wouldn’t recommend that kind of action for San Francisco’s hilly streets.

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