Got The Boot
Fashion-forward Western shoe designer wrangles first San Antonio store
UPDATE: The store is open to shoppers now, but an event marking the official opening takes place on September 29 from 4-7 pm.
No matter the convenience of browsing at a department store, true footwear luxury is strolling into that name brand shoe store that just sells what it’s really good at. Freebird, a Denver company specializing in modern but rustic handmade boots, has opened its first San Antonio store at The Shops at La Cantera, with an official opening event on September 29.
The styles — all leather — come almost exclusively in neutrals, except for rich red faux snake skins and earthy stains. For cowgirls (and to a mellower extent cowboys), motorcyclists, and even swashbucklers, the silhouettes of these boots jump out where the colors blend in, making for statement pieces that shouldn’t be hard to work into most outfits.
San Antonians may especially appreciate a Western boot with a tall, slim profile, and a shorter price tag than traditional high-end makers ($275). Or, bucking tradition entirely, one strappy style laces up in the back, accommodating wide calves and leaving unique cutouts; some styles feature windows along the sides, while others reinvent staple shapes with tons of leather and metal embellishments.
Although most of these boots are not necessarily ready for trail rides or desert treks, Freebird emphasizes that they're made using Goodyear welt construction, a method known for its durability that still allows for machine sewing.
Freebird currently operates ten shops including the new San Antonio location and another recent addition in Las Vegas. It is still mostly a Western brand with multiple locations in Colorado and Utah, making the homegrown creativity even more interesting.
The San Antonio location celebrates its opening on Wednesday, September 29 from 4-7 pm. To see the collection, visit 15900 La Cantera Parkway or freebirdstores.com.