A few years ago, I decided that I was done with trendy shoes. Instead I was just going to stick with well made, classic shoe styles. To be honest, I don't get most shoe trends anyway... like knee high boots with cut-out toes. How is that even practical?
One style of shoe which I never tire of is the little black flat and I own more than a few pairs. They may not be flashy but they are a great style staple to have in your closet as they come in a variety of designs, can be dressed up or down and paired with any number of looks. Alexa Chung has been spotted wearing black flats on more than one occasion and she's a style icon.
These beauties are the latest addition to my closet. They're called Libby and they're from Walin & Wolff. They're made in Italy of kid leather with a patent cap toe and heel. It features a classic almond toe with a 1/2" heel. The shoes are medium width and fit true to size. I found them to be pretty comfortable straight out of the box. The leather is soft and there is a lightly cushioned insole. I probably walked around for almost an hour in these the first time I wore them and didn't really experience any discomfort. I sometimes have issues with pinching in the heels with new shoes and this wasn't a factor here. Because they have a leather outsole, these probably aren't the type of shoes I'd want to walk in all day but it's nice to know that I can walk in them. I'll have to remember to get the bottoms reinforced so they won't wear out so quickly. I appreciate their easy chic and timeless ballerina style and look forward to dressing them up with skirts and dresses like Alexa.
The price of these shoes is $228 which is a little costly but not prohibitively expensive considering the ever escalating prices of designer shoes which may not be as comfortable or well made. I've learned my lesson with mediocre shoes and I'd honestly rather have less pairs these days as long as the shoes are of good quality because they will last much longer.
So I'm pretty excited about my shoes from Walin & Wolff and you might be asking who are they? Well Walin & Wolff is a relatively new specialty retailer carrying the latest women's designer shoes, handbags, accessories and jewelry. The company has a strong fashion industry background since it was founded by Christine Johnson Wolff, a former CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue and Kim Walin, a former Wall Street analyst covering retail companies.
Along with their online shop, Walin & Wolff currently has two retail stores in New Canaan and Westport, Connecticut and in Rye, New York with more shops in the works for the greater tri-state area. <In addition to their in house Walin & Wolff brand of shoes, they offer a well curated range of designer and lifestyle brands including Aquaitalia, L.K. Bennett, Chloe, Rebecca Minkoff, JImmy Choo and Valentino just to name a few. Be sure to stop by their site and sign up to receive 10% off. They offer free shipping on all orders within the US. You can also connect with Walin & Wolff on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.
What are your thoughts on little black flats? Do you wear them?
Disclosure: A complimentary pair of shoes was provided by Walin & Wolff for the purposes of this review. There was no other compensation and all opinions expressed are strictly my own.