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. If you’re looking for an honest Sarah Flint review that covers what has changed in 2022, you’ve come to the right place!
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, Sarah Flint 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 2022 Sarah Flint review answering all the common FAQs.
Post update: Since I first wrote this, 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 it in the “my favorite styles” section. Additionally, Sarah Flint (like many businesses right now) has raised prices. We’ll talk more about those changes shortly.
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 updated 2022 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. The style is no longer in stock, but you can nab a similar tortoise heel block pump – the Perfect Emma block heel. 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 foot bed 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 $1,200 or more are now available for $350-$995.
Like many brands, Sarah Flint raised prices this summer (she explains the reason for that here). The Cliff notes? Sarah Flint is coping with increased expenses across every part of the supply chain, including raw materials like leather.
Despite the price increase, I still consider Sarah Flint shoes a worthwhile investment. Why? These are the kind of insanely comfortable, classic shoes you will reach for again and again. They are a smart buy! 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 2022 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.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the answer to this one is… rarely. Since Sarah Flint shoes are made by artisans in Italy and sold direct to consumer, prices don’t fluctuate much. The brand does have a semi-annual sale. I offer updates about this on my Instagram. In the meantime, you can use my discount code to save some money.
While Sarah Flint shoes aren’t available in high end department stores, the brand has opened some of its own stores! They are decorated impeccably and I am itching to go. Sarah Flint has a Nashville store at The Mall of Green Hills on 2126 Abbott Martin Road and a Dallas pop-up shop at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy.
Not in my opinion. They do fit snuggly when you begin wearing them. However, the leather stretches and molds to your feet with time, ultimately giving you that super comfortable fit. I’ll get into the nitty-gritty with fit details for each show below.
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 this Sarah Flint shoes review didn’t talk about her 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.
The Natalie has 3mm of extra padding in the footbed and come in a wide range of colors/materials. For spring and summer, you can get it in a lavender suede and beautiful floral jacquard. 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 I live in the Midwest and we have lots of cool weather, this updated 2022 Sarah Flint review would not 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, they fit TTS. That said, if you like to wear thicker socks for warmth in your booties, I’d recommend going up a half size. This will accommodate plenty of layering.
Perfect Dress Bootie 60 (Taupe Suede)
Finally, let’s wrap up this Sarah Flint shoes review with 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. It also packs flat, so it’s the ideal shoe to tuck in your vacation bag. We’re a carry-on only family when we travel, so the packability of the Grear is huge for me.
Moreover, the silhouette and adjustable ties help elongate your silhouette. At 4’11, I am always hunting for a sandal that visually lengthens your leg line. They’re rare! As for sizing, these are definitely TTS. However, they only come in whole sizes. If you are between sizes, size up.
When someone labels their product “perfect” my reporter brain immediately leaps into action…