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Billy Reid, the down-home yet high-end Southern store on the Bowery, is carefully testing the waters of women's footwear. Their first collection, inspired by the men's line, comes out for the holidays and sounds preppy-chic: "Evoking an equestrian look, the boots — each done in cordovan leather and offered in two colors — veer from straightforward (a flat riding boot with antique brass zippers and snaps) to sophisticated (a platform boot with a four-inch heel and a raw-edged bootie with leather pleating.)" [WWD, subscription req'd]