Saw it On Social: Sarah Flint Shoes

Jan 16, 2020

For two years, my social feeds and blog reader have been filled with ads for Sarah Flint shoes.  A comfortable shoe that’s also luxurious?  Let’s give this a try.

Sarah Flint’s shoes are handcrafted in a family-owned factory in Italy.  The brand uses the finest materials and old world craftsmanship to make shoes that can be worn for years.  The styles run from classic pumps, to fashion-forward high heels, and flats that are perfect for any occasion.  And the one thing that all of the reviews — both sponsors and unsponsored — talk about is how comfortable the shoes are.

The brand touts shoes designed by women for women.  Sarah Flint’s ethos is that women should not have to sacrifice comfort in order to look stylish.  From the placement of the heel spike to the shape of the vamp, the shoe are designed with comfort in mind.

To try out Sarah Flint’s shoes, I wanted to purchase a pair that I would really wear.  I don’t accept sponsorships for this feature, so if I’m buying a pair of $345 shoes, I better be able to wear them.  Again.  And again.  And again.

These Natalie leather flats with a sculpted bow are a great style for work or weekend.  I chose the red because I wanted something impactful and versatile.

The first thing you notice when you open the Sarah Flint box is the luxurious packaging.  The individual shoe bags, the heavy weight of the box, the hand signed note.  From the moment you life the lid, everything looks expensive.

The shoes themselves are also beautiful.  The leather is buttery and soft.  The shoes are well-made.  And the styling is exceptionally chic in person.  Even my shoe-horse husband thought so.

Perhaps, I’ve been wearing my Rothy’s a bit too often, but I wasn’t wow’ed by the comfort.  The shoes never hurt or caused blisters, even fresh out of the box, but it was weeks before I could break them in to where they felt good.  I suspect that if I were still walking the marble halls of the Capitol, the break-in period might have been a bit more painful on the first wear, but also shorter.

This review is a bit incomplete because I didn’t try a pair of heels.  But these shoes are quite pricey, and I’m not in the market for heels.  If I were, their Perfect Pump in navy would have been my pick.

I saved this review for a few weeks because I knew the Sarah Flint semi-annual sale was coming.  Select pairs are 30% off.  The Natalie flats are included in black suede and a pretty metallic gold.  So if you want to try a pair of Sarah Flint’s, I would cruise the sale section first.

Bottom line: I’ve been wearing the shoes for a few weeks, and I really like them.  I get a lot of complements when I wear them.  And they’re just as beautiful and well-crafted as all of the reviews say; the most comfortable designer-quality flats I own.  Do I think they’re a good buy for the money, that’s a trickier question.

If you need these shoes and you get lots of wear out of them, you’ll never think you wasted a penny.  But as much as I like these flats, I would be happier with my purchase if they were in the $250-$275 price point as opposed to the $345 price point.

Have you tried Sarah Flint’s shoes?  What do you think of the quality and comfort?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. Alicia says:

    What about the width of the shoe in the toebox? I have wide feet and see that their solution is to go up 1/2 a size (similar to Rothy’s The Point…which eh, works for a while and sometimes still pinches when my feet are swollen).

    • Belle says:

      The toe box is better than some flats that I’ve tried, like the M.Gemi Fortuna (which I like but pinches after a long day), but I would say it is definitely less forgiving than my Rothy’s because it’s leather.

    • Charlotte says:

      Ugh, I hate the “just go up a half size” non-solution. You still crush your pinkie toe… with the added bonus of your heel constantly popping out of the shoe.

  2. Kk says:

    I had an old pair of the Emma pumps, and then bought a second pair. They have changed the last- they are now built on the same last as the perfect pump, which was really disappointing to me. The old pair were really beautifully made and theyre significantly more comfortable and better built than the newer pair (sewn vs glued seams, arch support, etc). I wont buy another pair.

  3. Elise says:

    I’ve never wanted a shoe so badly. Gorgeous. Thanks for the review.

  4. Michelle says:

    I have been ogling the Sarah Flint Natalie flats for several months as an alternative to my M Gemi Fortuna flats (which have worn like a workhorse with help from my shoe repair guy.) I’m wondering how they compare, as the bow detail on the Natalie is really cute compared to the plainer Fortuna.

  5. Katherine says:

    I purchased the perfect pump 85 in black calf last summer and I think I ended up in the same place you did with the flats. They are beautifully made, they are more comfortable than other heels but the extra comfort and craftsmanship isn’t quite worth the price. Also agree that lowering the price by $75-$100 would make them more appealing.

  6. Catherine says:

    The perfect pumps really are as comfortable as heels can be. The molded footbed supports my arches and keeps the balls of my feet from aching for at least 6 hours of walking and standing. Magic networking shoes, but that basically all I wear them for because they’re so expensive. But so worth it!

  7. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for this review. Sarah Flint has been in my FB feed for months. They look great, but my feet are picky when it comes to comfort. I appreciate your honesty.

  8. kAY says:

    I have a pair of heels and I totally agree with you- they are pretty but not that comfortable.

  9. Anika says:

    I wish I had gone up 1/2 a size with the Natalie because I got a massive blister on my heel the last time I wore them (still breaking them in). Unfortunately, my feet don’t seem to work well with flats because I’ve only found one pair of $30 Clark’s ballet flats that don’t cut into my heels. However, I’m interested in their heels the next time I’m in the market.

  10. CB says:

    I bought the perfect pumps in nude about a year ago. They are beautiful and comfortable for heels that height. I was disappointed that after a few months of wear the steel on one heel started to poke through. I got it fixed and admittedly an hard on shoes but was disappointed that happened so fast. Wouldn’t hurt as much if they weren’t so pricey.

  11. S says:

    How does the sizing compare to Rothy’s? Do you wear the same size in both? Thanks!

  12. Keilexandra says:

    The sale price is more palatable, BUT all discounted shoes are final sale. Really? I’m certainly not going to buy a pair of $250 shoes that I’ve never tried before, online, at final sale. If I was serious about it, I’d buy and return styles at regular price to figure out my size, then wait for the sale… which is wasteful for both the environment and the company (they offer free returns on regular priced purchases).

  13. Nancy says:

    Love your posts, but most of the shoes you post do not offer options for those of us with narrow feet. Please consider options that are offered in narrow!

    • Belle says:

      They’re just aren’t any. I have gone looking for similar styles in wide and narrow, and usually, I find nothing. If I find something I post it, but there’s usually nothing close.

  14. Orla says:

    I’m curious if you’ve ever tried the Margaux shoes, and if so, how they compare. Thanks!

  15. sunnyia says:

    For ladies looking for menswear-inspired flats like the ones that Sarah Flint has, I recently purchased a pair of oxfords from The Office of Angela Scott for a similar price point (plus they offer $100 off your first purchase). I only wear flats, but point-toed shoes are so uncomfortable for me. I have zero regrets (and these are easily the most expensive shoes I’ve ever owned). Comfortable after the first wear (they were stiff but not painful), and they have a wide toe box. They are beautiful and I’ve gotten compliments with every wear. Plus they’re comfortable after a day of walking around the city!

  16. Lia says:

    I’m late to the party, but I had a similar experience with Sarah Flint’s Perfect Pump. It’s a beautiful shoe, but it didn’t deliver on the promises of extreme comfort.

  17. Bich-Nguyet Nguyen says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for your post. An honest and helpful review of your Sarah Flint shoes.

    There is a typo in your post that I think would matter to you, as it materially changes your sentence, even if we can easily guess at what it’s supposed to say. “Sarah Flint’s ethos is that women should have to sacrifice comfort in order to look stylish” should have a “not” after “should.” Just in case you can revise it.

    I know the post is from 2020, but it still appears when people search for information on Sarah Flint shoes. It did for me. Thanks! 🙂

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