Monday, 20 February 2017

French Sole: my new ballet flat loves

Most days, you'll probably find me sporting a pair of ballet flats - they're comfortable, feminine, go with almost everything and instantly make any outfit more polished. I've been a fan of Repetto for many years and still have a few staple pairs in my collection, but as soon as I heard about French Sole I was eager to try out their offerings. French Sole ballet flats have graced the feet of Princess Diana, the Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton, while Olivia Palermo and Kate Moss are also big fans. Alice Naylor-Leyland and Rosie Fortescue (of Made in Chelsea fame) also have designed collections for them which I am very tempted by (look at these sweet slippers!). So I put in an order as a Christmas present to myself and am absolutely smitten with my shoes.

My first purchase was the Henrietta in blue patent croc. I knew I wanted to get the Henrietta as it's perhaps their most iconic style and I loved the subtle elegance of the croc texture. I went with the blue as I've already got a couple of black ballet flats and I think they remain a very neutral shoe while also adding a bit of interest. But my favourite pair of the two is definitely the India in leopard with the black trim. I won't deny that seeing that Olivia Palermo also has a pair helped sway me to pick these (I adore her style) but I'm now wondering how I went so long without them in my wardrobe. I've never really ever been one for leopard print, but these shoes have definitely helped convert me - I'm now on the lookout for a beautiful leopard print scarf and any suggestions would be much appreciated. These shoes are so chic and can be matched with a neutral outfit as well as paired with other patterns.

I've worn both pairs pretty much nonstop since I received them in the mail and can attest to their being incredibly comfortable and of excellent quality. If you're interested in buying a pair, I'd point out that as the sizing is not consistent across the range I'd strongly suggest checking out the sizing guide. Sizing involves tracing around both feet, which is harder than it sounds, but I managed to get the perfect size for both styles from my wobbly drawing (for reference, I'm a 38 in Henrietta and a 39 in India). Another big plus for me is the shape of the shoes - I find the long, almond toe very flattering, as well as the slight "toe cleavage", although that term makes me feel a bit uneasy! French Sole is very reasonably priced for the quality and regularly have sales across their range (psst - you can easily find some discount codes with a quick Google search). Oh and if you're not in the UK, I'd recommend buying two pairs or more at a time as that qualifies you for free delivery. All in all, a fantastic purchase.

Have you tried French Sole and which are your favourite styles?
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