In our ongoing quest for apparel and accessories from independent San Francisco designers, we’ve found that footwear is among the more challenging categories to hunt down within Bay Area bounds. But that doesn’t mean local footwear companies don’t exist. Here are five local footwear lines well-worth stepping out in:
Martha Davis: Designed by Davis in Hayes Valley, this luxe local line launcher earlier this year features boots, wedges, booties and heels that mix sleek silhouettes with sculptural details and the occasional raw edge. Made in the same Italian factory that produces footwear for Chanel and Chloe, the shoes ($270-$750) in this line don’t come cheap, but thankfully boast super-soft leather construction and heel heights made for pounding the pavement on city streets.
Glory Chen: The rounded toes and curvaceous silhouettes of this local footwear company’s shoes never fail to grab our attention when we stroll past the Maiden Lane storefront. We like to think of the pumps, heels and flats as classics with a mod-inspired twist.
Chrome: Here’s one for the fellas. The newly-launched (as in last week) line of men’s shoes from this longtime local maker of bike-friendly bags and accessories is a tough as they come and well-priced ($70-$90) to boot. We eagerly await the arrival of the company’s apparel for women, which we hear is set to debut in the coming weeks.
Anyi Lu: Best known for their foot-conforming fit and flexible styling, offerings from the current collection of this Marin-based designer range from professionally-polished silhouettes to weekend-friendly flats.
Form and Fauna: Using organic and earth-conscious materials whenever possible, this Marin-based footwear line is committed to sustainable production techniques and eco-friendly practices. These chic shoes are known for their comfy fit and wearability. Heels of reclaimed wood, biodegradable synthetic uppers and organic cotton details are a welcome bonus.