Have you ever bought a shoe you thought you’d love, only to have it languish at the back of your closet? This has happened to me more than I care to admit. I’d get pulled in by bargain footwear or spring for a “beauty is pain” type heel I thought I could force my feet into. Now that I’m older and wiser, I’ve come to the conclusion that style may be important, but it’s nothing without comfort. So, let me introduce you a brand that offers both—Sarah Flint.
Lauded in the New York Times as “shoes that just happen to end up on famous feet” and “nothing less than quality, comfort, and style” by Business Insider, this brand is on to something. Its fans include Amal Clooney, Cindy Crawford and Meghan Markle. Curious what the fuss is all about? Here is a detailed Sarah Flint review answering common FAQs.
Post update: Since I wrote this last April, I have added several other Sarah Flint styles to my closet and can offer much more insight on fit/sizing! If you’re looking for that information, you can find the update in the “my favorite styles” section.
As a fashion enthusiast, I love browsing designer styles but rarely feel comfortable purchasing them. I’ll try something on, gush over it, then put it back on the rack. I’m perfectly happy to live vicariously through celebrities, arm chair quarterbacking their outfits, and obsessively reading magazines like InStyle. Sarah Flint is the exception.
I first noticed the brand when Meghan Markle wore the Natalie Flat in her first official appearance as a couple with Prince Harry (I have a slight obsession with the royals). I thought the little bow and detailing was darling. The brand was new to me, so I popped over to the Sarah Flint website and found more styles to adore. Once I slipped my feet into this luxury brand, I was hooked! And I’m a tough cookie when it comes to shoes… I have expectations higher as my heels! In fact, I love these so much, I became one of their brand ambassadors.
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If you take away anything from this Sarah Flint review, know this… You can tell immediately these shoes are designed by a woman. Why? They are a perfect balance of beauty and comfort. And the durability? These are made like a tank! This is the kind of heel that keeps feet happy, even after all-day wear. Each pair is handcrafted by artisans in Italy, known for producing the world’s highest quality shoes. There is so much attention to detail!
I am wearing the Perfect Jay Pump 100 in black for maximum versatility. You can get these in a lower heel height, but I went with the 4″ because at 4’11 I need all the height I can get. The tapered tortoise heel and v-shaped vamp give these a retro, Old Hollywood feel. They really elongate your leg line and are gorgeous! But let’s talk about what you can’t see.
There is so much cushion in these. Sarah Flint adds 6mm of extra padding in the footbed and anatomical arch support. She also fashions these with a wider toe box, so you never feel crammed in. I wear these every chance I get!
Sarah Flint grew her business out of a personal frustration. She hated the fact that women had to sacrifice comfort for style. Her goal? Designing a classically elegant shoe that felt as dreamy as it looked. The brand grew quickly after its 2013 launch. In just a few years, Flint’s thoughtfully designed shoes were in high-end department stores and gracing the feet of celebrities like Margot Robbie, Lady GaGa, and Karlie Kloss.
Then, Flint did something unexpected… Instead of keeping her shoes in places like Barneys New York and Bloomingdales’s, Flint switched to direct-to-consumer sales. What does that mean for us? A significant price drop! Shoes that used to cost $495-$1,200 are now available for $195-$795. Don’t get me wrong, these are still an investment, but a smart one. They are the kind of insanely comfortable, classic shoe you will reach for again and again. In fact, once you try one pair – it’s nearly impossible not to spring for a second!
A common question for anyone looking for a Sarah Flint review! These shoes come in European sizes, so you need to read the “Fit Notes” carefully. You’ll notice there are some specific pointers for each shoe. Customer reviews are also helpful in determining your best size. For my first Sarah Flint shoe, I ordered a 36 in the Perfect Jay 100 Pump, which equates to my normal U.S. size (6). They will feel snug when your shoes first arrive. They stretch in width with wear.
Keep reading for updated sizing pointers on other Sarah Flint shoes I’ve tried!
Obviously, I love the Jay Pump. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about a few of Sarah Flint’s other best sellers. We mentioned the Natalie flat earlier (Meghan Markle’s fav). It just got restocked in new color options. This pointed toe style with an asymmetric bow detail really elongates your leg line and can carry you from work to an evening out. This is the kind of flat you want when you know you will be on your feet all day.
They have 3mm of extra padding in the footbed and come in a wide range of colors/materials. For fall and winter, there’s a new olive suede and black suede with the cutest gold filagree detail. See it on video below, alongside the Perfect Emma pump!
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For sizing, I would recommend sticking with your true size in the Natalie. I’m usually a size 6 and went with the 36. It was perfect. If you have wider feet, you may want to go up a half size. For the Emma, I went up a half size. This was a mistake. My heel kept slipping out and I needed to exchange them. Order your true size in the Emma.
Next, let’s talk about the aptly named Perfect Pump. This eternally classic silhouette has a steel rod heel, so you can feel extra secure. Like my Jay Pump, it also has 6 mm of extra padding in the footbed and a wider toe box. This style is a must for every woman’s closet!
I opted for the 85 mm heel height, as I wanted this to be my workhorse pump and ordered it in the versatile “sand calf” leather. It’s the perfect neutral and elongates your leg line like nothing else. When it comes to fit, I followed Sarah Flint’s sizing recommendation and went up a half size. I ordered the 36.5 versus my usual 36. The fit was perfect, not too loose – not too snug. Your toes never feel cramped even when you’re on your feet all day.
Since, we’re in the thick of the cooler months no Sarah Flint review would be complete without a discussion of her incredible boot collection! If you’ve ever struggled to find a bootie that doesn’t irritate or cause chafing around your ankle, you’ll want to explore Sarah’s Perfect Dress Bootie. These feel like a dream.
Perfect Dress Bootie (Black Suede)
Like her other styles, this Sarah Flint bootie has extra padding in the footbed and a steel rod stiletto for durability. It also has a hidden platform to decrease the pitch of your foot while maintaining the sleek silhouette we all want. And can we talk about that gorgeous scalloped piping detail? These are compliment magnets!
In terms of sizing, these fit TTS. That said, if you like to wear thicker socks for warmth in your booties, I’d recommend going up a half size to accomodate that layering.
Perfect Dress Bootie 60 (Taupe Suede)
Finally, something a little different – The Grear Sandal. This Grecian-inspired gladiator sandal has soft cotton ties and a two-tone flip design that lends a playful feel to the shoe. It’s lightweight and breathable with a full leather outsole. The silhouette and adjustable ties help elongate your silhouette. These definitely fit true to size. However, they only come in whole sizes. If you are between sizes, size up.