French Sole

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For over 25 years, French Sole Shoes, a tiny store in New York City's swank Upper East Side, has been home to the world's largest collection of ballet flats. From New York's social elite to movie star icons and even royalty, all have flocked to French Sole's unpretentious haven for the best ballet flats found anywhere. Via its iconic store and globally through its FS/NY brand, French Sole sells a wide array of ballet styles in over 300 treatments, ranging from animal prints to its own exclusive materials. Fusing true fashion with cozy comfort, French Sole puts the emphasis on proper fitting.

The design of the shoes is what makes French Sole stand out from the plethora of companies that have sought to emulate their formula for success. Only French Sole combines a true ballerina fit (each shoe molds to the wearer's foot) for the ultimate in comfort with cutting edge fashion and a selection that is unmatched – qualities that clients come to expect and appreciate from French Sole Shoes. But aside from the myriad variety of ballet and other shoes available, it's the people behind French Sole that have really made it a success.

French Sole Shoes is owned by Randy Ochart, who has passionately focused on designing, manufacturing and marketing the hottest ballet flats in the world from Spain, Italy, France and Brazil. When asked about the future of ballerinas as a category, Ochart explained, "In a phase when it seems that everybody feels the need to re-invent the ballerina, we stand alone as specialists. The extraordinary factories we have worked with for so many years understand the distinction between a ballerina and a flat shoe with a string attached." The fit, look, and hand of a ballerina is what French Sole is about, not just a hot trend.

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Zeppa

Zeppa

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

The black snake print suede is such a pretty shoe. They are comfortable and feel soft but hold a shape. The wedge is a good look. I have a bunion so appreciate the cut which looks stylish, but gives the right amount of coverage. I wear a size 6 and had to return for a six and a half. It does run small. Very pleased and may order in different color.

from San Luis Obispo, Ca on March 16, 2019

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PassportR Flat

PassportR Flat

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

These shoes are super comfortable. The styling of the toe box area looked a little matronly to me. I'm not sure if I will keep them.

on March 15, 2019

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

I read a few reviews that I must agree with. These were at least a full size too small. So small, I had to check the shoe to make sure the size wasn’t wrong. I normally wear 7-7 ½. I ordered 7 ½ & an 8 because reviews suggested ordering half size up. The 8 was very short in length. I thought surely it accidentally was a 6 ½. Also, the top of the shoe, at the instep, was very tight across my foot. I considered trying another half size larger but am afraid that instep part will still be too tight. The style is very cute and leather very soft. Disappointed to have to return these.

from Edmond, OK on March 14, 2019

Trance

Trance

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I love this shoe so much and it’s so comfy and stylish that I bought it in grey suede and black suede!

on March 13, 2019

PassportR Flat

PassportR Flat

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

O ordered a half size smaller after reading reviews and they fit perfectly. Very comfortable!

on March 12, 2019

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

The shoe does run half size smaller so order half size bigger. That being said these are the most comfortable shoes. I have extreme hammer toes and these shoes feel like slippers

on March 12, 2019

Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

LOVED these shoes and so wanted them to work. The leather is nice and soft which I need but the 8 was too small and the 8.5 was too big. I know it said on the review that they will stretch but my toe was wanting to come through and I didn't know how they could stretch that much. I would have given it a whirl however there was ZERO cushion on the sole. If only they could do exactly the same shoe but with more padding it could be the perfect shoe! I tried the the one that had a little bit of a padding (and small wedge) but it didn't come in the soft leather and was too stiff. I was so bummed that I had to return.

on March 07, 2019

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Doorway Flat

Doorway Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Great spring shoe! Lovely neutral pink shade, fashion forward white sole...will be perfect with cropped jeans or casual slacks! You won’t go wrong with this shoe!

from Norwich on March 02, 2019

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Jigsaw

Jigsaw

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Fit well. I am ordering another pair because I have worn them so much, they are now looking a bit ratty.

from Pasadena, California on February 27, 2019

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Zeppa Flat

Zeppa Flat

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

For fit/foot comparison: I am a true 8.5, medium width but for a small tailor's bunion developing on the small toe side of each foot, very high arches, high instep. I tend towards over pronation and walk with a first metatarsal drop (meaning I strike the ground with the big toe side of my foot first, especially when running) for which I have compensatory orthotics. I wanted to find a comfortable pair of flats with a bit of a heel to toe drop (not flat as a board). I always have to put in an arch "cookie" for support, but if the shoe is sized well, I can usually fit them in. As other reviewers have noted, these run *very* small. I ordered up a half size to a 9, and they were *still* too small in both length and width. The leather is buttery soft, just like what you would expect from a quality ballet shoe. The heel to toe drop really improves the feel of the flat, giving it a tad more style from a true flat. I wish the fit was better, but, alas, back they go...

from Boulder on February 26, 2019

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Great quality.

on February 25, 2019

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Doorway Flat

Doorway Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

Beautiful shoe, pretty pink color, very soft leather. Felt really short in the toe box so I’m going to size up a half size to see if the 8.5 will accommodate my bunion and sensitive toes. Will update my review.

on February 18, 2019

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

I usually wear Tieks, but after reading reviews for this shoe I decided to try them this time. I received them yesterday and will be sending them back today. They are cute shoes, but run VERY small (at least 1 full size) and have no type of support....anywhere.

on February 12, 2019

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Loved these. I got the brown suede, and the only problem is that the two shoes seem to be made out of different suedes - so they don’t match! Going back.

on February 11, 2019

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Perfect flat. I have purchased before. I am a 6 1/2 but get a 7.

on February 07, 2019

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Cubic Wedge Heel

Cubic Wedge Heel

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Beautiful shoes! Can't wait to wear them! Great style and perfect heel height#

on February 06, 2019

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Trance

Trance

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I love these shoes with dresses and skirts that need a little heel to look right. I have these in black and navy suede, and they basically go with all of my office fall/winter clothes.

on February 03, 2019

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Trance

Trance

  • Overall1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars

The shoe is far too tight across the toe box. After five minutes in the house on carpet they were becoming a problem. Heel height is not quite enough and the shoe ends up looking frumpy. Back they go.

from Houston on January 30, 2019

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Cubic Wedge Heel

Cubic Wedge Heel

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

These fit my size 10 narrow-ish feet well; they minimize the appearance of large feet. They are just plain elegant, and perfect for dressy occasions for 65 year old feet, for which stylish pointy toed shoes are no longer practical.

on January 26, 2019

Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

The manufacturer has changed the leather for the black nappa. It used to be a smooth, soft, luxurious Italian leather that just molded to your foot after you wore it several times. Loved it! I have several pairs of this shoe, and I just recently bought it for the third time in the black nappa. I was so disappointed when I received it because it wasn't the Italian leather I had known for years. It wasn't smooth and wasn't as soft. It had a texture to the leather and was totally different. If this shoe ever comes back with the smooth and soft Italian leather, I would buy it again, but because it had changed, I returned it. Again, so disappointed! Another issue was one of the shoes, had not been cut correctly across the toe area. It was noticeable right out of the box before I ever put it on. I just feel the manufacturer is cutting corners with the quality of this shoe now and also in production. PLEASE bring back the smooth and soft Italian black leather! BTW, this shoe should be ordered a half size larger than what you normally wear. It is NOT true to size.

from Madison, MS on January 26, 2019

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

these are the most comfortable shoes. So soft. Feels like I'm barefoot. If they only fit Run REALLY narrow. However, the black suede ones are perfect

on January 24, 2019

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Dukemu Block Kitten Heel

Dukemu Block Kitten Heel

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

So close! I think this is pair #6 suede black pumps with a low stacked heel I've tried. I need a wide toe box and narrow heel and this is my fave so far. But they just aren't very comfortable. They press a little across the toes and don't have much support. For almost $200, I need to be able to dance in them. Sadly the search continues.

on January 22, 2019

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I read all the reviews before buying these because I have a bit of a wide foot with a bunion on each side (sadly). I also tend to get plantar fasciitis. The price point was higher than I would normal spend on shoes as well. The reviews told me that I should buy my regular size and these shoes would stretch within a day's wear... and they were right! While they were uncomfortably snug across the top of my foot when I first put them on, I had faith in the reviewers and wore them around my house for about two hours before they started feeling better. By the time I wore them to work the next day (all day), they were just about perfect! Only one tiny spot was too snug. By the third day, all is perfect with the fit! I've worn them for 10 straight days and love them so much that I'm thinking about buying these in another color! Regardless of the price! :) It's so hard to find a nice quality (and cute) black patent ballet flat... don't be discouraged! This one is a keeper for me and my less-than-healthy feet! No pain, no pinching, they don't flop off or catch my pants as I walk. I've worn them in the rain and they still look and feel perfect! :)

from Murfreesboro TN on January 17, 2019

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Trance

Trance

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Beautiful shoe. The only reason why I'm returning it is that I felt awkward walking in it. Otherwise, it fit nicely.

on January 10, 2019

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Cubic Wedge Heel

Cubic Wedge Heel

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Very cute shoes. I was looking for a comfy work to dinner shoe without a sky high heel. This suits!

on December 29, 2018

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