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Just a quick glance at my Instagram feed and there’s no denying that I’m a huge fan of pointed-toe shoes – particularly for the office. They’re an integral part of my outfits for work. And while there’s no shortage of pointy heels in my wardrobe, I hadn’t really curated a collection of pointed-toe flats before now. The flat shoes in my collection mainly comprised of practical shoes I wear when off-duty – like sneakers or Birkenstocks – given I have energetic young boys to chase after!
So it’s been a while since I’ve been this excited over a pair of flats. Having worn Everlane’s 40 Hour Leather Flats religiously for the past three months since being at home, I jumped at the chance to expand the 40 Hour Flat family and have added the knit version of the flats to my collection – the 40 Hour Flat in Navy ReKnit.
I was lucky enough to receive the ReKnit version of the flats in mid-May (a couple of weeks before their release) and I’ve been giving them a good go. I opted for a navy pair, to contrast with my taupe flats, but also because navy is my favourite colour to wear so it was a bit of a no-brainer.
I’ve worn these flats solidly for a few weeks now and I’ve been putting them to the test – walks with the family, trips to the shops to pick up groceries and dropping off/picking up the kids to and from school and day care on foot.
The shoes are made from Everlane’s ReKnit fabric – a breathable mesh knit fabric made from recycled polyester which also includes recycled single-use plastic water bottles. The shoes feature a cushioned insole, leather pull tabs and a rubber sole.
The weave on the knit panels is really lovely. There are hem-like strips that outline the top and sole of the shoe and the weave pattern in the middle features a subtle diagonal pattern.
The navy colour is a real winner for me – it’s not too dark that it gets mistaken for black and not too warm where it can look more like a teal or a marine blue.
There are a few differences to the design of the original and ReKnit versions of the flats – the ReKnit version features a subtle V cut on the sides and the vamp is also cut higher. I prefer the overall aesthetic of the ReKnit version because of these subtle tweaks.
Sizing is always a bit tricky when ordering online. And in my experience with Everlane’s older style shoes (like the Day Heel), their sizing always ran about a half size small. The sizing discrepancies were widely known and they have since addressed those in their newer styles with these flats being no exception, advertised as true to size.
For reference, I’m usually an AU 6.5 / US 6.5 / UK 4 and I have wide feet. In the Day Heel, which has been around for a while now, I sized up to a US 7 and they fit me perfectly. In the taupe leather version of the 40 Hour Flat, I went with my usual Everlane size of US 7 but, as I said in my review, if I had my time again, I would have definitely ordered my usual shoe size being a US 6.5 as they are a tad loose.
As for these Knit flats, I have them in a US 6.5 and they fit perfectly. I can vouch for the fact that these shoes are true to size and you should order your actual size to take advantage of the comfy glove-like fit.
Honestly, these are a dream on my feet. And unlike traditional leather shoes that usually need a period of time to wear in – these were noticeably comfy from the get-go. I put it down to the fact that they’re made of a knitted fabric – and almost feel like a pair of footlets with a rubber sole!
Similar to the original 40 Hour Flats, the ReKnit version is very lightweight with a flexible rubber sole. I can already tell that this will be a much-loved shoe – for both work and off-duty.
I’ve been reporting for duty from home for over three months and like everyone else, structured workwear has been cast aside for more casual and comfortable WFH ensembles. In turn my feet have been given a much needed break from the heels I typically wear when I’m in the office. With comfort now being key, I still love the ability to elevate my WFH outfits with a pointed-toe flat.
The 40 Hour Flat in ReKnit retails for $98 USD / ~ $145 AUD a pair (compared to $118 USD / ~ $175 AUD for the original leather version). Personally, I think they’re well priced for a versatile pair of shoes that are comfortable from the get-go.
I can really see these being a go-to pair of shoes in the warmer months – for commuting to and from the office or for wearing on the weekends when out and about with the family. The woven fabric means the shoes are naturally airy and breathable, so I imagine they’ll get a bit of a break when the chill factor really kicks in here. I also think they would make great shoes for travelling (when we’re able to do so) – they’re lightweight, comfortable and would perform well at the airport.
While I was lucky enough to receive these as a gift from the brand, the million dollar question remains: would I buy them? Ultimately, yes. I love the overall aesthetic of the shoe, but I also think they’re well made, functional and a practical choice of footwear for going about your busy day.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section, and I hope that you found this post useful!
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Thanks to Everlane for sending me this pair to road-test. For full disclosure I did select and receive the 40 Hour Flat in ReKnit as a PR product from the brand, however I was under no obligation to post it or share a review. All thoughts are my own.