The Everlane 40 Hour Flat

everlane 40 hour flat in taupe
L: Everlane 40 Hour Flat* styled with H&M coat (not available online – similar here), Nobody Denim Jeans, Marks & Spencer top* (sold out – similar here and here), Celine bag R: Everlane 40 Hour Flat* styled with Uniqlo trench coat (sold out – similar here, here and here), Nobody Denim Jeans, Marks & Spencer top* (sold out – similar here and here), Celine bag

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Pointed toe shoes have always been my friend. I think they provide a polished silhouette suitable for more conservative work environments like law firms.  Having been on the lookout for a pair of classic pointy flats that can do double duty for both work and play, Everlane’s 40 Hour Flat ticked all the boxes.

Minimal design? Check.

Soft, supple leather? Check.

Go-with-anything neutral shade? Check.

I don’t have many closed toe flats – it’s either heeled shoes or sandals for me. Suffice to say, I was pretty excited about these shoes!

I received these a week and a half ago and I’ve been putting them to the test – full days in the office (including the usual drop off and pick up routine with my kids on foot) and a weekend outing with my husband and kids.

SHOP THE LOOK

The 40 Hour Flat in a nutshell:

– unlined Italian leather

– rubber sole

– back pull tab

– cushioned insole

Sizing notes

In my experience, Everlane shoe sizing has always run small. However, it appears as though they have sought to address the widely-known size discrepancies and the flats are advertised as being true to size.

I’m usually an AU 6.5 / US 6.5 / UK 4 and I have wide feet – so I opted to size up half a size and stuck with my usual Everlane size in these – a US 7. (You may recall that I also got a US 7 in my Day Heels too – and they fit perfectly.)

When I first tried the flats, they were really comfortable and fit me well – not too snug and not too loose. After several wears, I think I probably should have gone with my actual size – a US 6.5. As the weather has cooled here in Sydney, my feet haven’t expanded as much and while it’s not a deal breaker and the flats aren’t flopping off my feet, they are slightly looser than I would like.

Everlane have certainly rectified the sizing situation and I can vouch that the sizing for these shoes is true to size.

Initial thoughts on wear

The flats were comfortable from the get-go – I was really surprised by this.  The cushioned insole and flexible rubber sole makes the shoe feel like it’s been shaped to your foot.  

I imagine these will perform well at the airport or just as I’m running my general mum-duties. 

In addition to the go-with-anything taupe, they come in black as well as brighter shades if you’re after a pop of colour. 

everlane 40 hour flat in taupe
L: Everlane 40 Hour Flat* styled with Reiss blazer, H&M linen tee, Gucci belt, Nobody Denim Jeans, Celine bag R: Everlane 40 Hour Flat* styled with H&M coat (not available online – similar here), H&M knit (old season – similar here and here), Gucci belt, Mango pants, Celine bag

The verdict

The flats retail for $115 USD (approximately $175 AUD at the time of this post – though likely to increase with the current state of the market!).

For a pair of well-made leather flats – I think they’re a great price.

The colour for me is a real winner.  I was a little apprehensive about the taupe considering my warmer skin tone but I honestly believe that this tone is universally flattering.  It’s a cross between khaki, beige and grey.

I’d love for them to come in a suede finish. Though I’ve got my eye on the black pair next!

SHOP THE 40 HOUR FLAT

Thanks again to Everlane for sending me this pair to road-test. For full disclosure I did select and receive the 40 Hour Flats as PR product from the brand, however I was under no obligation to post it or share a review. All thoughts are my own.

I’m planning to do an updated review after a few months of wear to let you know how I’m getting on with them.

P.S. Check out my review of the Everlane Day Heels here and my Autumn Workwear Wishlist here.

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