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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Latest French Sole Reviews

Church Loafer

Church Loafer

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

I love these shoes but I have bunions and I was afraid I would ultimately be in pain. If you don't have bunions, these would be super cute with a dress or pants, especially around the holidays.

from OC, California on November 15, 2018

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Zeppa Flat

Zeppa Flat

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

I love FSNY ballet shoes but beware--they run very small. I wear an 8, ordered 8 1/2, found left shoe a bit short but I think will stretch. My feet are different sizes, with a bunion on one foot and surgery /arthritis bumps on the other, and I have a terrible time finding ones that fit. I had two other pairs of these and loved them, but as my feet changed, they were too small, and I had to give them away. I think these will do.

from Greenville, S.C. on November 15, 2018

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Zeppa Flat

Zeppa Flat

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

The top of the shoe comes up too high and cuts into your skin. Super cute but could not wear to walk in as it hurt too much.

on November 10, 2018

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

i literally had to find the size inside these shoes, to make sure zappos sent the right size -- they did! i felt like the ugly step sister trying on cinderella's shoe! this shoe felt like it was at least one size too small.

from mississippi on November 09, 2018

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Zeppa Flat

Zeppa Flat

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

I can’t really review the fit other than to say that based on purchasing the black Napa which was a full size too small, this version appeared to run true to size. Unfortunately Zappos is out of stock on my true size. This shoe brand has THE most inconsistent sizing between colors. I love this style though. The way the colors shift is very chameleon. I can see it going with various outfits.

from Friendswood , Texas on November 07, 2018

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Celeste Flat

Celeste Flat

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Loved the look of this shoe, but is it was super narrow. I could barely fit my foot in without squishing. I wear a B and do not have a wide foot at all.

on November 05, 2018

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Church Loafer

Church Loafer

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

Very classic, beautiful. Felt like I needed to be wearing a smoking jacket to compliment them.

on November 05, 2018

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Trance

Trance

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

My review is for the navy suede, which looked scuffed and damaged right out of the box, with a little loose thread on one seam. Such a pretty shape, but the quality, at least in the suede choice, looked poor. These were also super uncomfortable with a thin sole and almost no padding. Really wanted these to work because the design is lovely. Returned.

on October 28, 2018

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

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

I really love these shoes, so much that I just ordered a second pair. My feet are pretty much a true 9, they are somewhat narrow. I ordered a 9 despite the advice to size up because I remember I had a pair of French Soles in high school and they stretched out so much they would fall off my feet. I'm so glad I got my actual size and didn't size up-- after a day or two of wearing them around the house with thin socks to break them in, they fit *perfectly*. I'm on my feet all day for work, and although these don't have any arch support they are surprisingly comfortable. They are classic and stylish looking and I like that they don't show any "toe cleavage" (I have really long toes and hate the way that looks). I have only had the first pair for a few weeks so I am hoping they hold up well in the long run. They do look nicely made.

from Washington, D.C. on October 25, 2018

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Trance

Trance

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Pretty shoe! Loved the Navy color (a perfect Navy Suede). Edge of toe box way too tight. I'm a 9.5 or 10 size was fine to put on (10 fit better), but could not walk around the table because the edge of the toe box too tight. Such a bummer, would have otherwise been a great shoe.

on October 25, 2018

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Trance

Trance

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Perfect Navy color. Really pretty shoe. I wear a 9.5 or a 10 and typically don't have to return shoes for bad fit. The 10 was a better fit, but unfortunately the top of the toe box runs smaller/tight (room for toes, but the edge was too tight). Size wise everything else worked, and I hated that I couldn't walk around the table without pain at the edge of the toe box.

on October 25, 2018

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Zeppa Flat

Zeppa Flat

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

I actually really love these shoes! My husband does too! They are very comfortable, no toe bending or squishing at all, but they don't look geriatric! So glad I sprung for them; they are expensive. But I think I'll have them for along time because they are high quality.

on October 24, 2018

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Couplet Heel

Couplet Heel

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Sadly, I have to return these. Very pretty color and style, but not comfortable. I got my typical sandal size (9), although I often wear 9.5 in pumps, based on reviews. The shoes almost work but after more than a minute or so standing they hurt a lot. I think because my feet are narrow and the width of these in medium runs a bit big, I’d be afraid to go to 9.5 on length as they would probably fall off or slide on my heels. Too bad! Super pretty!

on October 23, 2018

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Courtney2 Heel

Courtney2 Heel

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

I thought they looked super stylish online, but in person I thought it was a little weird having the block heel with the pointy toe and cut out. Meh.

on October 23, 2018

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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. I wear an 8 in most shoes (Vans, Stuart Weitzman, etc.) and am an 8 in this. (I also ordered the 8.5 to compare, and the 8.5 was way too big.) As other reviewes have noted, the toe area is a bit tight at first. Wearing tights and just plain wearing them does help over time. The lower heel height and construction (cushioning?) make these really comfortable. I have another pair of similar 2 1/4 inch-heeled shoes from another brand, and the FSNY are much more comfortable.

on October 19, 2018

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PassportR Flat

PassportR Flat

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

I really like these flats. Thanks to the black patent leather toe, they look dressier than most flats. They do run large; based on other reviews I ordered a half size down. They are comfortable for my wide feet.

on October 19, 2018

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Zeppa Flat

Zeppa Flat

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

Super cute and comfy right out of the box. Great purchase that goes with everything. Like the bit of a heel on these.

on October 18, 2018

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Stella

Stella

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

Looking for a suede driving moc. I have other French Sole shoes that I've loved so I thought I'd try these. I didn't like the feel of the footbed and felt they looked too much like bedroom slippers. Quality looked good though.

on October 12, 2018

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Cunning Flat

Cunning Flat

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

great shoe!

on October 11, 2018

Courtney2 Heel

Courtney2 Heel

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

Love them! I’ve very narrow feet; went down 1/2 size and fit was perfect. Definitely not for wider foot in toe box. Bought the beautiful tomato red; two compliments on first outing.????

on October 11, 2018

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars

Well these fit better but still small. Cute....However. The right shoe looked like different leather than the left....was wrinkly and came up higher on my foot. Weird.

from Houston on October 11, 2018

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

  • Overall1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars

I'm so confused by all the reviews saying that these are comfortable shoes. The two pairs of the Sloop Flat in Chocolate Suede that I tried on are not just uncomfortable for ballet flats, they are hands down the most uncomfortable shoes I have ever put on my feet. It's not a sizing issue. For the last 20 years I've worn either a 9.5 or 10 depending on the shoe, so I ordered both sizes of the Sloop to try on. The length of the 10 was perfect, but the edge of the shoe's upper digs into the top of my foot in an sharply painful way, even when just standing still. It's not a width issue, either, because my feet are narrow, and all skin and bones (what a shoe salesperson recently referred to as a "low volume" foot). Maybe it's just the Chocolate Suede version that has this problem, though, because I really don't understand how hundreds of others who have reviewed this shoe could find them to be comfortable.

on October 09, 2018

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Bellflower

Bellflower

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I was so disappointed with this pair. I wear a 6 1/2, but these were huge on me. Are they mismarked?

from Langhorne on October 08, 2018

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Sloop Flat

Sloop Flat

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

Dreadful color of brown. Not the rich, vibrant color French Sole was known for in the past. The quality of this shoe was also very disappointing. Not my idea of $100.+ shoe.

on October 05, 2018

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Jigsaw

Jigsaw

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

These are the cutest take on a basic flat. Very comfortable and fit true to size. Very comparable to Chloe flats...same great quality only $300 less in price. I'm so pleased with them I may order another pair!

from Boston on October 03, 2018

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