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One of my greatest discoveries this year has been Sarah Flint. Her Perfect Pumps are exactly that, perfection! Now that I’ve got three pairs of the Sarah Flint Perfect Pump 85 in the core colours that I wear to the office (black, taupe and navy), I miiiight try out her other styles now. 🙈 If you’ve yet to try a pair of Sarah Flint shoes, I’d recommend starting with a pair from her ‘Perfect’ line and I go into what makes them so ‘perfect’ further down in this post (…as well as share a discount code for you to take advantage of).
Personally, I find it baffling why it’s so hard for shoe brands to make heels more comfortable, and what’s even more baffling is the commonplace acceptance that wearing heels means we’re all meant to grin and bear the pain as our heels slowly kill our feet! We deserve better!! 😩
Perfect Pump 85 in Black Suede*
L: Totême coat (sz XS – review here), Everlane knit* (sz XS), Everlane jeans* (sz XS), Gucci belt (review here), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Toteme jacket (sz XS – purchased secondhand), Everlane jeans* (sz XS), Ray Ban sunglasses
Cushioning, stability, support aren’t really traits that you’d find in shoes that are meant to be fashionable but thankfully, we’ve got Sarah Flint to thank for questioning the status quo. Her ‘Perfect’ range of shoes makes vast improvements to the uncomfortable conditions you would normally subject your foot to. There’s additional padding in the footbed, anatomical arch support, a wider toe bed so your toes aren’t squashed together, and a steel rod through the stiletto heel which ensures the heel isn’t going to wobble.
For my first pair of Sarah Flint shoes, I opted for a taupe pair of the Perfect Pump 85 – and I have not looked back. If you read my comprehensive review of my Perfect Pumps, I toyed with the idea of levelling up to the 100mm version but the 85mm has been such a wearable height for me that I’ve remained committed to it.
Perfect Pump 85 in Taupe Suede*
L: Everlane blazer* (sz 0), Arket tee (sz S), Everlane jeans* (sz 26, Ankle), Gucci belt (review here), Senreve bag (review and discount code here), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Everlane blazer* (sz 0), Everlane jumpsuit* (sz 0), Celine bag (review here)
And while 2020 saw sales in high heels decline by up to 70%, Sarah Flint continues to enjoy incredible customer loyalty. This comes down to the fact that there’s a focus on seasonless designs (80% of her collection is core). In fact, 50% of her customers come back for a second purchase and 50% of customers who purchase her Perfect Pumps come back to buy the exact same style in a different colour or material (it me!).
Not only did she launch her label in her mid-20s (making me question what I’ve achieved in my life), she’s got an impressive CV to boot. She interned at Proenza Schouler and Diane Von Furstenberg and since starting her business, she made the strategic shift from wholesale to a direct-to-consumer model with a focus on digital. The result is a significant drop in prices for her customers, 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) for a pair of designer shoes of the highest quality.
Perfect Pump 85 in Navy Suede*
L: Sarah Lloyd blazer* (sz 8 – use ‘WVW20’ for 20% off), Arket tee (sz S), Gucci belt (review here), The Frankie Shop trousers (review here), Celine bag (similar here, review here); Ray Ban sunglasses R: Everlane trench* (sz XS), Everlane knit* (sz XS), Everlane trousers* (sz 2, Short), Celine bag (similar here, review here), Ray Ban sunglasses
If you haven’t tried the magic, I highly recommend you do! And I’ve got a discount code to sweeten the deal – use ‘SARAHFLINT-CCVIRGINIA1’ where you can take 15% off your order for your first pair of shoes.
What are you waiting for?!
P.S. Three of my favourite pairs of shoes to wear to the office and my updated Gucci belt guide (after 24+ months of wear).