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.

French Sole: Selected For You

French Sole

Gaia

$185.00

French Sole

Alibi Sandal

$150.00

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Sloop Flat

$125.00

French Sole

Alibi Sandal

$150.00

French Sole

Sloop Flat

$84.00MSRP: $120.00

French Sole

Sloop Flat

$107.99MSRP: $120.00

French Sole

Alibi Sandal

$119.99MSRP: $150.00

French Sole

Nicky Hilton - Madison

$169.20MSRP: $188.00

French Sole

Zeppa

$135.00

French Sole

Vanity

$129.50MSRP: $185.00

French Sole

Sloop Flat

$105.00

French Sole

PassportR Flat

$205.00

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Latest French Sole Reviews

Sloop Flat

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

I love the look of these shoes and the leather is buttery soft. I read many reviews before ordering. I went with my true size 7 because some reviewers said that these are meant to mold to your feet and will stretch with wear. They were very snug and although I can't say they hurt, they weren't comfortable either. My big toe was showing through the leather, pushing the material and even with stretching, I felt like they weren't ever going to be truly comfortable. At this price, I want a shoe that I will look forward to wearing often. I did try wearing them for most of the day (just inside my house) and they still didn't feel any better by the end of the day. I liked the style enough to re-order them a 1/2 size larger (7 1/2) so we'll see. Thanks to Zappos for making returns/exchanges so easy. It's worth noting that if you go to the French Sole website they recommend sizing up 1/2 size larger so I hope this works.

on August 05, 2020

Alibi Sandal

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars out of 5

These shoes are pretty clearly “inspired” by the Hermès Oran sandal. I decided to buy both and see which one I liked better. (See side by side photo.) In terms of pure look, the Hermès is a bit sharper - the white stitching and the slightly more caramel colored leather are nice. The lines on the Hermès are a bit sharper, less rounded. However, on comfort and fit, the French Sole was way better. First, the FS footbed is much softer. Second, the strap on the Hermès was quite loose on me (my feet are really flat), so much so that my foot went forward so much that my toes were off the front of the shoe. I imagine the FS strap might actually be a little tight on anyone with a wider foot, but it’s perfect for me. In terms of sizing, both were similar. I got a 37 in Hermès and a 7 from French Sole. I wear a 6.5 in flats and heels. So if you are looking for a similar vibe to the Hermès for $480 less, these are a good pick. They won’t fool anyone, but they will play the same role in your wardrobe.

from Boston, MA on August 01, 2020

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Sloop Flat

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

Super cute but a little narrow

from SF Bay Area on July 08, 2020

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Sloop Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

I normally wear size 8-8.5 and I wear insoles (1/2 sole) , tried 8.5, 9 and 9.5 and the 9.5 fit perfect. they're super cute and with the insoles they're very comfortable. I would not wear them without the insoles but ONLY because I had plantar fasciitis. Others buyers may be fine with our the arch support.

from SF/Bay Area on June 24, 2020

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Trance

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

These are beautiful shoes and exactly what I was looking for but the toe box is very narrow. Sadly they had to go back.

on June 04, 2020

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Sloop Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

I’ve bought the Sloop 1/2 size up and I’ve bought them my regular size. The ones 1/2 size up felt absolutely great initially, then quickly stretched and became baggy on my feet. The ones my regular size were initially tight, then quickly molded to fit my feet perfectly. Trust me - order your regular size and work to mold them to your feet.

from Raleigh, NC on June 03, 2020

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Zeppa

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

I’m so glad I bought a 1/2 size bigger than I normally wear because if I would have bought my normal size, they definitely would have been too small. These shoes are amazing. They are beautiful and super comfortable. I hesitated at buying them due to the price but they are so worth it. Love them!

from Clewiston, FL on May 27, 2020

Sloop Flat

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

I love the sloop shoes, but the left and right were two different colors of blue. One a deep navy, the other kind of a lighter dusty blue. Hopefully the next pair is more even.

on May 27, 2020

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Sloop Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

Very cute shoe Was a little small

on May 19, 2020

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Nicky Hilton - Kathy

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

This fit very true to size. I'm an 8 and it fit perfectly. This is the quintessential ballet flat in the perfect summer color. It will go with everything. Every season I have looked for a ballet flat like this and have always come up short. Finally I've found it! I'm very happy with this purchase and the shoe.

from St. Louis on May 11, 2020

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Jessica

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

The shoe is good looking. The shoe runs small.

from Alexandria Virginia on May 11, 2020

Sloop Flat

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars out of 5
  • Style 2Rated 2 stars out of 5

Way too small. Maybe 2 sizes smaller than the stated size. Round toe.

on May 04, 2020

Sloop Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

I usually wear a 6.5 and after I read all the reviews, that's what I ordered. They were way too small. I will return them. I loved them so much I am reordering in 7.

from Roanoke on April 29, 2020

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Sloop Flat

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

Adorable but runs quite small.

from PA on April 28, 2020

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League

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

This shoe is stylish and comfortable . I have other French Sole league shoes and they do not disappoint. I could walk in them all day.

on April 22, 2020

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Sloop Flat

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars out of 5
  • Style 3Rated 3 stars out of 5

The shoes are beautiful but super tight on top. It might be that I have a wide foot but I was surprised. I’ve never had a shoe be so tight on top

on April 11, 2020

Sloop Flat

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

Love the look of these, but they definitely run small so order a half size up. They’re very minimal and don’t provide much support. Look cute, but not a good choice if you need arch support. I kind of expected more for the price.

from Colorado on March 25, 2020

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Sloop Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars out of 5
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars out of 5

I normally wear a 8.5-9 and went with the 9 because of previous reviews. No regrets. They do run a little small. I haven’t “broken them in” yet so I assume they will loosen a little in the toe bed which will be perfect. They’re like wearing nothing. I’ve been looking for a good flat forever. Rothys didn’t feel good to me so I tried these. I’m so glad I did!

on March 17, 2020

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PassportR Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

This is a beautiful shoe. I've tried it before and needed to return the shoe. I tried again, but the toe bed is still too narrow on my foot. I'm sorry....won't try again.

on March 12, 2020

Nicky Hilton - Kathy

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

The length is true to size but the width is wide around the middle of the foot. When the shoe bends when walking it doesn’t mold to the foot. Look and style is great.

on March 07, 2020

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PassportR Flat

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

Love the shoes. But the toe bed isn't deep enough. I need to return the shoes.

on March 06, 2020

Sloop Flat

  • Overall3Rated 3 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

I normally wear a 10 in closed toe shoes and 11 in sandals. A size 10 was way too small. The eleven fit much better, but was slightly uncomfortable across the top of the shoe where I had my bunionectomy. I figured it would loosen up over time. However, I ended up returning the shoe because I did not like the look of the print from my big toe poking out through the shoe. Kudos to Zappos as always for excellent returns and price matching.

on March 06, 2020

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Sloop Flat

  • Overall1Rated 1 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 2Rated 2 stars out of 5
  • Style 1Rated 1 stars out of 5

So dissatisfied! These looked good out of the box so I wore them to work. Within hours the sides started flapping out and look terrible! I cannot believe I spent this much money on a pair of ballet flats that I could have gotten ANYWHERE for $20. This may be the worst purchase I’ve ever made and expected more from Zappos which usually carry nice quality brands.

on February 27, 2020

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Trance

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

I ordered these in my usual size 9 and they fit. The next day I tried them on one more time to make sure they were a good fit and they actually felt like they would cut into my toe if I wore them for too long. So, I sent them back and ordered a half size bigger. Unfortunately the black suede was sold out and so I went for the blue suede and they are gorgeous and fit amazingly. When in doubt, that half size up makes a big difference. Love these shoes!

on February 26, 2020

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Nicky Hilton- Paris

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars out of 5
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars out of 5

I had not tried this brand before so was a little worried but I loved them! I danced all night and not a blister in sight. Very comfortable and stylish!

from Myrtle Beach on February 26, 2020

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