I am always on the hunt for gorgeous shoes that don’t kill my feet. The days of me sacrificing the integrity of one of my most used body parts are done. But finding footwear brands that merge luxury and comfort isn’t an easy task, especially since the space seems to have a lot of room to still grow. While most of my closet now is made up of shoes from Marion Parke, a former podiatric surgeon turned footwear designer, I decided to branch out to see if I could find any other luxury brands that offer comfort-driven shoes that are also sexy and came across Sarah Flint.
“I started the Sarah Flint brand after spending years learning about shoe design and manufacturing at Parsons, FIT, and Milan’s Ars Sutoria. The more skills I acquired, the more I realized there was a gap in the luxury shoe market, which has always been entirely dominated by male designers…who never actually wear the shoes they create,” Flint passionately explains to me when I ask her what drove her to create her eponymous brand. “I wanted to introduce feminine, versatile designs brought to life by the same master artisans that work with the world’s top brands. And I wanted them to mold to a woman’s foot, prioritizing comfort, and longevity. Enough of pretty shoes that make feet blister and bleed; enough of the male gaze dictating female style! I care a lot that women not only love how a shoe looks, but how it feels.”
Flint officially launched back in 2013 and has become a favorite among stars like Amal Clooney, Karlie Kloss, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, and more. Since then, the brand has become synonymous for offering “style without sacrifice” in a wide offering of hand-crafted classic designs with a modern twist.
“Sarah Flint offers luxurious upgrades to the classics, born from artisanal craftsmanship and generational knowledge behind each design,” she tells me. “Our shoes are unique because of our unrivaled quality and the attention to detail that goes into the handcrafting of our shoes. I don’t design any shoes that I wouldn’t wear myself and always put comfort and durability at the forefront! These are shoes that never go out of style, that are made to be worn and loved and passed down from woman to woman.”
Flint tells me that most of her inspiration comes from her travels abroad in addition to customer feedback. “I’m often inspired by the architecture and art I encounter on my trips, and I love to find ways to incorporate this into my designs. I have a deep relationship with European handcraft, from the intricately patterned jacquards of English mills to the fine leatherwork of Northern Italy. My designs often showcase these elements, and I love finding ways to incorporate traditional, heritage fabrics and appliques in my collections.”
I asked Flint how she designed her shoes to be different from other luxury shoe designers in the market.
She responds, “Did you know that your foot has 28 bones, or that there are 3-4 dominant foot shapes in the world, each with different toe length patterns? Shoes should be beautiful, yes, but they are also engineering marvels, and need to meet a wide range of requirements to be comfortable. Most shoe manufacturers put design over practical considerations, knowing that it costs more money to add comfort features to the interiors of shoes (which no one sees). In other words, they choose style over substance.” Flint continues, “At Sarah Flint, I’ve spent years developing designs that don’t compromise outside OR inside. Our shoes have arch support, a redesigned toe box, and 6mm of squishy, extra padding that molds to the wearer’s foot. Our pumps feature a steel rod stiletto to ensure durability and security. Our shoes are designed for day-long wear, with flexible leather lining and breathable insoles.”
Flint goes on to say that social and environmental sustainability are key values for the brand. “Our artisans are offered a master craftsman’s wage, health insurance, and all our factories abide by Italy’s strict labor regulations. We produce in small runs, focusing on high-quality materials, which helps to minimize waste and the use of resources as well as curb overproduction. In 2021, we moved to 100% plastic-free packaging, and we are continuing to expand our Sustainable Steps Collection (SSC) each season with new environmentally conscious products. Our products are built to last and be worn season after season – this is the opposite of fast fashion. As the brand grows, we continue to explore and execute on environmental initiatives to improve our impact on the world.”
In addition to selling footwear, Sara Flint also offers a select offering of accessories and home decor. “I’ve loved decor my whole life. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of touring great estates and gardens in France and England. As the Sarah Flint brand grows, I want to keep finding new ways to introduce people to European heritage craftsmanship and design, and to do what inspires me,” she passionately explains.
Flint also tells me that the brand has several new things brewing on the horizon. “Where do I begin? We just opened a new store in Nashville, which has been an incredibly welcoming, energizing market. We’ve been pushing ever more intro Bridal, and it’s been so much fun for our team to interact with brides and bridesmaids looking for some of the most special shoes they’ll ever own,” she excitedly shares. “Our Fall collection just launched, which was inspired by the art and architecture of Vienna and shot in Paris by an incredibly talented team of female creatives. We have some really exciting collaborations we’ll be announcing in a few months. There is a lot happening in the world of Sarah Flint!”
I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by Flint’s shoes. The craftsmanship is impeccable, the price point is a little easier to swallow compared to other brands in the luxury footwear space, and they are quite comfortable.
I took the Perfect Sandal 100 out on the ultimate test drive—over 6 hours of dancing up a storm on a night out with the ladies and my feet were pretty much unscathed. Her other design that is a must-have for any wardrobe is the Perfect Pump 100 , which comes in a variety of colors. I got them in Sand and they are a staple for me.
I am glad I came across the Sarah Flint brand. I will definitely be adding more of her shoes to my collection in the future. Flint is right, there is absolutely no need to sacrifice style for comfort.