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Like most of you, I have a love-hate relationship with heels (I love them, but they seem to hate me). In high heels (as in the 10cm+ variety), my feet are throbbing after only a few short hours. That still didn’t stop me wearing them in my 20s when I used to justify the pain (and my very sore blistered feet) by how pretty they looked!
Perfect Pump 85* styled with The Curated coat* (sz XS – classic style linked), Everlane knit* – review here (sz XS), Nobody Denim jeans* (sold out, similar here), Celine bag – review here, Ray Ban sunglasses
To combat this (first world) problem, I’ve taken to wearing mid-heels, no higher than 8.5cm that are somewhat tolerable for spending a long day at work, but mostly, I’ve trained myself to bear the pain.
Last month, I was lucky enough to receive a pair of Sarah Flint’s “Perfect Pumps” in Taupe with the 85mm heel which purport to provide all-day comfort without sacrificing style. Despite the bold claims of the pumps, I wasn’t expecting miracles.
Suffice to say, my skepticism was turned on its head after a few seconds in these heels. These are, hands-down, the most comfortable pumps I have ever tried on. The suede leather immediately moulds to your feet with no feelings of needing to be ‘broken in’ as is the case with most new shoes. And the padding – oh my goodness the padding – it makes for a soft and cushiony sole – completely unheard of in shoes usually designed to torture your feet.
And how did they fare after a day in the office, I hear you ask? They were incredible! I didn’t even switch out to my flats during my lunch break and my feet held up great by the end of the day.
Perfect Pump 85* styled with The Curated coat* (sz XS – classic style linked), Everlane knit* (sz XS), Acne Studios scarf, Nobody Denim jeans* (sold out, similar here), Celine bag – review here, Ray Ban sunglasses
The magic of the “Perfect Pump”
So what’s behind the magic?! There are a few features of these shoes that are worth noting that set it apart from others.
- Anatomical arch support
- Extra padding in the footbed (an extra 6mm to be precise)
- Rubber sole for grip
- Steel rod through the stiletto heel which keeps the heel stable (and the heel maintaining its sleek and sophisticated look)
- Wider toe bed so your toes don’t feel squished
The Perfect Pump comes in 3 different heights – 50mm, 85mm and 100mm. I’m contemplating levelling up to the 100mm ones for my next pair because I’m so impressed! I’ve got my eye on the navy suede version as well as the classic black pumps.
L: Sarah Flint Perfect Pump 85* styled with Sarah Lloyd jacket* (sz 8), Arket tee (sz S), Everlane pants* (sz 2), Celine bag – review here, Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Perfect Pump 85 styled with The Fold jacket* (sz 8), The Fold trousers* (sz 8), Celine bag – review here, Ray Ban sunglasses
About Sarah Flint
Sarah Flint has cultivated a celebrity following since launching her label back in 2013 – Amal Clooney, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Karlie Kloss to name a few. While her luxury shoes were initially found at high-end department stores in the US like Barneys New York and Bloomingdales, she has since changed direction (thanks to investors including Cindy Crawford herself!) to a direct-to-consumer model on her site sarahflint.com in recent years. The result? A significant drop in prices for the consumer, from a range of $495 to $1,200 USD (~ $620 to $1,500 AUD) to a range of between $195 to $725 USD (~ $252 to $937 AUD).
Her entire collection of shoes are made by hand in Italy using Italian materials. Indeed Sarah received her education in footwear design from Parsons in NYC as well as Arsutoria in Milan, which is evident in her shoe designs.
L: Sarah Flint Perfect Pump 85 styled with Everlane jumpsuit* – review here (sz 0), Everlane blazer* (sz 0), Celine bag – review here, Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Perfect Pump 85 styled with Everlane blazer* (sz 0), Arket tee (sz S), Everlane jeans*, Gucci belt – review here, Senreve bag* (use ‘WHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off), Ray Ban sunglasses
I can’t recommend these heels enough, whether you need a beautiful everyday heel for work, or just want a beautifully made classic shoe for special events. You can expect nothing less than quality, comfort and style with her shoes, making these a worthwhile investment in your wardrobe. As you can see, the Perfect Pumps have a sophisticated silhouette that you want in a classic heel, but I also love the subtle V-shaped vamp at the toe line that adds a modern touch.
The taupe shade that I have is a cross between a beige and grey and its cool undertones match perfectly with navy, which is a colour that always seems to feature somewhere on my outfit! It’s the perfect neutral shade and a refreshing change from black heels that are predominantly seen in corporate environments.
And if you’re in Australia like me, my order took about a week to arrive, and came beautifully packaged in Sarah’s signature blue box and ribbon.
A special discount code!
The team at Sarah Flint have sent across a special discount code for you to use to get $50 USD (~$65 AUD) off your first pair of shoes. You can take advantage by using the code – ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ – I know, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s an incredible saving.
Shop the 85mm Perfect Pump (the height I have!) in Black Calf Leather, Sand Calf Leather, Navy Suede, Taupe Suede, Black Suede, Leopard Hair Calf
Shop the 100mm Perfect Pump in Black Calf Leather, Sand Calf Leather, Navy Suede, Taupe Suede, Black Suede, Leopard Hair Calf
Shop the 50mm Perfect Pump in Black Calf Leather, Sand Calf Leather, Navy Suede, Taupe Suede, Black Suede, Leopard Hair Calf
It’s worth noting that seasonal and limited colours and styles in the Perfect Pump are always being released. You can check those styles out here.
I hope my review of the Sarah Flint Perfect Pump was helpful to any of you who have your eye on these heels. As always, thanks for stopping by!
P.S. Jackets to navigate the transitional seasons and answering your Gucci belt FAQs.
How is the sizing ? Are they true to sizes?
Yes – they’re true to size for the suede leather versions. You should size up a half size if you’re going for the calf leather. The sizing notes on the website are very helpful and I normally go with those 🙂
Awesome, thank you for the reply!
I’ve been enjoying your blog/ posts. Very helpful!