Honorable Mention – Red Wing Boots: Red Wing is not a California company. But they do have California stores, and they are based in our fellow Blue State, Minnesota. And they make the best boots ever. I recently purchased a pair of Iron Rangers, with Vibram outsoles. I have never owned more versatile shoes. I wore them out to dinner on Friday night. I wore them all day Saturday as I chopped, chain-sawed, and grinded tree stumps out of the mud in the rain. That evening, I hosed the mud off them, wiped them dry with a towel, and wore them out to dinner again. And they drew compliments. They are rain boots. They are work boots. They are fashion. They are every kind of casual boot that I need, all in one boot. I will own these boots for the rest of my life.