worthy splurge: london sole henrietta flat

It could only be someone as hopelessly preppy as me that would see this photo of Emmanuelle Alt and her adorable daughter and instantly jones for….the five-year-old girl’s look. But you must admit, she’s a pretty stylish kid, no?

{Thanks, Reading in Heels, for helping me track this one down!}

Take, for example, that black ballet flat she’s wearing. Is there anything more classic, more luxe, more works-with-absolutely-anything, than a perfect black ballet flat? Like a perfect black pump, they can be the holy grail of footwear. There is an endless supply of imposters to impede your search, but it makes finding the real deal so much sweeter!

Well, friends, I’m one step closer to being as well-dressed as a fashion editor’s kid (attainable goals are key), because I’ve found my holy grail. The most absolutely perfect black ballet flat I could ask for.

{Yep, those are my very own feet, making a rare Shopping’s My Cardio cameo.}

It’s London Sole’s Henrietta flat, a classic they’ve just updated in a sweet, sophisticated glazed croc-embossed leather. Do you know about London Sole? It’s the shop of dreams for a ballet-flat addict like me. Walk in the door, and you’re faced with floor to ceiling options – every ballet flat a girl could want. The brand practically invented the ballet! While they offer a half dozen different fits and silhouettes, the Henrietta is my personal favorite – a trim fit and a modern silhouette keep this style especially young.

These shoes are a worthy splurge in every sense of the word – at $245, they’re not much more than those Tory Burch flats we all have in our closets, but these are infinitely more timeless. And there’s no better place to invest than on a classic shoe you’ll wear daily. These take any outfit from girl-next-door to Jackie O. in a heartbeat, and work with everything from cuffed boyfriend jeans to a cocktail dress. I can’t help but feel refined and chic when I wear them. It doesn’t hurt that they fit like a glove (size up a tad – they’re European, after all), or that the glazed finish makes them considerably more understanding of Portland’s perpetually wet weather. And don’t let these delicate beauties fool you – they’re much more durable than they let on. They’ll stand up to years of regular wear (I speak from experience), content with an occasional spa trip to your favorite cobbler to keep them looking their best.

Black is the obvious choice, of course, if you’re still in the market for your holy grail. But the Henrietta in croc comes in so many gorgeous hues, it was a struggle for me to stick to the classics. The Racing Green feels so perfect for the fall (and would be amazing for the holidays), but I especially love that beautiful blue Ginger, which I’ve been pairing with all sorts of neutral ensembles (black, camel and heather grey) for a perfect pop of color this season.

Have you found your perfect black flat?

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9 comments on “worthy splurge: london sole henrietta flat

  1. Kristina

    I have been trying to get a pair for awhile and have been on their waiting list for the Pirourette for about 6 months. Since Kate Middleton was shown wearing these it seems like they are never in stock in my size for any style! Love the recommendation though!

  2. Meagan

    I am perpetually on the lookout for the perfect black flat, but it just never appears–there’s always something off that ruins the look. I am not a fan of the bows on these, but you can believe I’m headed straight to the website to look at other options.

  3. Maureen Flatley

    I have just consigned by Henriette’s to “rain shoe” status after wearing them nearly daily Sept-May each year since 2006 when I got them at the South Beach London Sole (now closed I hear). These shoes have been so fabulous…..worth the investment, stylish 24/7 and I’m angling for a replacement pair right now!

  4. Kate

    These are hands down my favourite classic ballet flat. Just got the chocolate brown croc embossed ones this summer, and they now sit next to my original cream with black piping pair from years ago (that still look good as new…which is impressive considering how much I wear them). The black croc patent pair that you’ve got are next on my list, although the navy blue and forest green ones may “accidentally” make their way into my basket.

    Glad to hear that there are fans on this side of the pond! Now if only they’d open a shop in Canada…

  5. DL

    these are gorgeous! i don’t have a pair of black flats yet, and find myself now deciding between the black leather and black croc patent. hmmm…

  6. Jocy

    I love that little girl’s look – all of it. My feet are taking a beating (or baking) in this constantly hot and humid weather. I think it may be time to move away from the sandals and more toward a shoe like this.

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