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If you’ve been glued to the latest addition to Rockstar Games’ Western-themed Red Dead video game series, you’ve probably read up on the fastest horses, secret gold locations, and the seemingly endless number of easter eggs and unlockables.

And if you’re on the hunt for legendary animals to kit out Arthur’s wardrobe, you might also have noticed that the game contains a few unlockable kicks. While anyone can visit a general store and pick up Roper, Riding, or Sportsman boots, crafted boots are in a class of their own. Below, we’ve outlined five of the rarest unlockable footwear items, along with some real-life doppelgangers from brands such as Saint Laurent, MISBHV, Helmut Lang, and more.

When you’re done, you can rewind to earlier in the year, when we posed the question, “Are cowboys the ultimate style gods?” before hitting the comments to let us know which Red Dead footwear items you’ve unlocked so far.

Legendary Fox Moccasins

Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar Games

How to unlock: Legendary fox pelt matched with a perfect elk pelt — killed cleanly with a powerful rifle in a single shot — will yield the Legendary Fox Moccasins.

IRL alternative: Although the Red Dead Redemption 2 map is pretty huge, we haven’t managed to locate a Saint Laurent store yet. But if there were one, it would probably look a lot like that Prada store in Marfa, Texas. Choosing between paying the bounty on your head and copping a new outfit for Arthur is like the Red Dead equivalent of the biggest millennial conundrum – pay rent or buy new sneakers?

No need to gallop into town to grab these $1,095 furry boots, they’re available online.

Skunk Trapper Boots

Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar Games

How to unlock: Two perfect pelts from the striped skunk will get you the Skunk Trapper Boots.

IRL alternative: After a successful string of stagecoach robberies across New Hanover, what’s the best way to celebrate your newfound disposable income while simultaneously flexing on the unkempt O’Driscoll gang? Some new Skunk Trapper Boots. Our IRL alternative recommendations include the fox fur Dsquared2 snow boots below.

Legendary Alligator Fowlers

Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar Games

How to unlock: In the swamps of Bayou Nwa lies a legendary alligator. Bring its skin to the trapper to get the lightweight Legendary Alligator Fowlers.

IRL alternative: Take a pass on battling a man-eating alligator and risking your corpse being dragged into a swamp. Even the most tenacious Instagram influencers can’t pull that look off. Instead, get on the internet and wrestle these MISBHV snakeskin boots from SSENSE with your credit card.

Bull Fowlers

Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar Games

How to unlock: Perfect condition bull and boar pelts can craft the sleek Bull Fowlers.

IRL alternatives: Double denim is only one way to evoke a cowboy look. Another sure-fire way would be these options from Helmut Lang and Dsquared2 that look like they’ve come straight from the American frontier. Pair with an oversized belt buckle and you’re ready to hit the saloon (or 1 OAK) for a night out.

Legendary Boar and Bison Fowlers

Red Dead Redemption 2 / Rockstar Games

How to unlock: For supreme legendary status, track down the legendary boar and legendary tatanka bison for their pelts, as used in the Legendary Boar and Bison Fowlers.

IRL alternatives: Rick Owens has a definite proclivity for using pony hair, applying it to a variety of his footwear designs, including his mid-top Island Dunk sneaker and these cowboy-inspired side-zip boots. They might not survive a horseback sprint from Valentine to Saint Denis, but they’ll certainly score you points among Owens stans.

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