Though my social media may lead you to believe I am some sort of vintage glamazon, truth be told, I will always choose comfort where possible! Heck, I was wearing black bonds underwear under my gorgeous vintage wedding dress which I feel speaks for itself.
But, good news: Comfort doesn’t have to come at the cost of style. Charlie Stone shoes are walking proof!
I was excited when I discovered Australian brand Charlie Stone shoes, especially given my fun foot troubles in 2018.
As a runner and a dancer, my feet aren’t the biggest fan of me and the treatment I put them through. I’ve spent the better part of 2018 nursing a stress fracture and other ongoing podiatry issues. Heels haven’t been my best friend during this time, so cute flats have become essential.
Charlie Stone’s mission is to “make elegance effortless, every single day” and the brand was born when owner and designer Samantha Szetu wanted to create a shoe that would accommodate the physical stress placed on the feet and knees of dancers.
The brand aims to arm women with a “balance of vintage class and modern design” so they are set to conquer the world in style, all while still feel comfy.
As a woman who was guilty of buying pair after pair of $8 Kmart flats, I now appreciate the design features in a shoe which though may come with a larger price tag, will ensure my feet feel fab.
Charlie Stone has done the leg work and built in the following design features to ensure your tootsies always feel terrific:
*Unique flat design with hidden elevation for better arch, ankle and knee support
*Custom cushioned insole
*Soft genuine leather upper and lining
*Flexible and durable bottom soles for prolonged wear
*Comfortably positioned low ankle strap
I was super excited when my pair of white Sardinia’s arrived. I tried to choose something a little different for me and a pair of white flats was on my need list. The shoes were beautifully packed in a cute canvas draw string bag and I was blown away by the quality craftsmanship from the moment I opened the box and was greeted with the aroma of luscious leather.
The Sardinia style features:
*Genuine leather upper (‘snakeskin’ style texture) and lining
*Smooth man made sole
*Soft cushioned insole
*25mm internal heel elevation, 10mm external heel.
The Sardinia style retails for $169.00 AUD and can be purchased here.
I am an Australian ladies size 8 or European size 39 and the 39 in this style fit me like a glove…or a shoe rather! I was a little concerned as I think my foot is ever so slightly on the wider side but these couldn’t have been a better fit.
Check out the Charlie Stone size chart to asses what size would be best suited to your soles.
These shoes were comfortable from the very second I put them on. I wore them for over an hour while shooting and experienced zero rubbing and came out unscathed and completely blister free (which is often rare when breaking in a new pair of beauties!) I was actually blown away!
I have failed to mention at this point just how flipping adorable these are too! I’m picky with flats (I hate when you can see your toe webbing and look somewhat like an aquatic creature of sorts) but looking down at these on my feet I just couldn’t help but grin. Charlie Stone is definitely hitting their mission bang on.
I am so happy with both the impeccable quality and style of my first pair of Charlie Stone shoes, I deeply suspect this will most certainly not be my last pair! I may need every style and colour at this rate.
Do yourself (and your feet) a favour & check out the rest of the Charlie Stone range on their website!