Sarah Flint's "Nancy" heel is her
highest-priced pump at $850 per pair. It features
snakeskin detailing hand painted in gold.
N.C. — In the luxury fashion marketplace, the world of
suede pumps and calfskin flats is wide and fierce, but
designer Sarah Flint seems to have cracked the code, at
just 28 years old. Flint’s eponymous shoe line graces
the racks at Barneys New York and the feet of
fashion-forward celebs like Amal Clooney and Jessica
heel heights she offers are modest (none over 100
millimeters, Flint says). Her prices? They start at $595
for the best selling "Emma" pump (the first
Sarah Flint shoe Clooney wore, which led to her
purchasing most of the line afterward, Flint says) and
rise to $1,800 for a tall boot.
a Massachusetts native and now New Yorker, visited
Charlotte Friday for a trunk show at Coplon’s women’s
clothing boutique in Phillips Place and explained what
women who wear her shoes get for the price.
she says, is key to her brand. Every shoe sports memory
foam cushioning, as well as a rubber island on the sole
that prevents slipping and adds comfort, she says.
set ourselves apart by making women shoes that they
actually want to wear," she says.
also adds unique styling touches like snakeskin or
hand-painted leather along the vamp, or the top of the
shoe, to give women a nicer view while looking down at
designers don’t realize that we don’t look at our
feet from the side," she says.
admits that getting Clooney hooked on her shoes was a
lucky break (someone who dresses Clooney found Flint’s
shoes and liked them so much she offered a pair to
Clooney), but her roots go deep in the fashion world,
despite her youth.
a lover of fashion, she began working at a high-end
women’s boutique near her home in the Boston area at
age 14, she says, and eventually ended up in a buyer’s
role. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology,
then moved to Italy to study footwear production.
tried on a pair of Sarah Flint calfskin pointy-toe flats
during Flint’s visit.
leather had a nice mix of support and give, the cut gave
plenty of support and showed just enough toe cleavage to
be sexy, and the cushioning in the sole was instantly
noticeable — impressive in a shoe that’s not at all