Be Parisian Chic With French Sole Shoes

A girl can never have too many ballet flats. This I say not just to myself but for all you ladies who love wearing this classic shoe. I say this because just recently, I discovered French Sole ballet flats.


While I’m familiar with the brand and have passed by their store in BGC a few times, a few weeks ago I could no longer resist and went inside their quaint store that resembles Paris boutiques.


French Sole first began life as a gleam of an idea when Jane Winkworth made her initial collections of bespoke ballet flats back in 1968, working with Gamba and Annello and Davide in London. Later in 1989 after a period as a trained restorer and painter of fine porcelain, Jane Winkworth started French Sole after a chance meeting with a shoe salesman from the French Hirica factory, called Philipe Cassalis.

Philipe, together with the factory he represented – who still today make the famous ballet flats that they first created back in 1950 – encouraged Jane to set up her business specialising in selling only ballet flats and loved her chosen name of French Sole.

The shoes were made using Jane’s own materials, to her own designs and trimmed in the unusual contrasting colours never before seen on ballet flats and under the label of her new name – French Sole.


I died and went to ballet flats heaven!


Classic Ballet P6,800.FrenchSoleShoesManila_JackieGo_3

They have all the basics covered– nudes, blacks, reds, blues, even printed ones too!


Reds in different hues and textures. If you want a stand out pair then go for a red one.

Each pair of French Sole has been hand made by the finest of craftsmen in their own factory. All the leathers they use are of the highest quality and sourced from Europe’s most prestigious tanneries. The skins are all tanned, dyed and aged by hand using special finishes, waxes, coatings, and colorants, both shiny and transparent. Because of this particular and very special type of workmanship and its process, the shoes in some parts present slight variance in shade and color and occasionally in texture. Rest assured that this is a normal result of the high quality European craftsmanship. A characteristic of the completed shoe and not a defect.

You can say that no French Sole are pair are exactly alike. FrenchSoleShoesManila_JackieGo_2


The Henrietta style is at P9,800.




The new French Sole has padded insoles so it’s comfier than before. It’s no wonder celebrities like Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, and royalties Princess Diana and Kate Middleton are huge fans of French Sole.FrenchSoleShoesManila_JackieGo_14

Unlike other ballet flats, French Sole’s lace serves the purpose of adjusting the fit of the shoe. One can loosen or tighten it according to her preference.

Fancy some animal print?
FrenchSoleShoesManila_JackieGo_18Henrietta in weave leather is at P10, 400.

More animal prints.FrenchSoleShoesManila_JackieGo_16



Sister company of French Sole named London Sole has a collaboration with Tokidoki.

Technically, they’re celebrating 26 years of craftsmanship na!

Heffner Tassle at P10,000. Each pair has two extra tassels (pink and black) so you can switch it with the nude tassel if you feel like adding a pop of color. FrenchSoleShoesManila_JackieGo_10

This monogram slippers can be made-to-order. Just say the color, size and what font and color you want and they’ll have it made in their factory in Europe. It would take about a month or more for your order to arrive and would require a 50% downpayment. I forget how much a pair cost so best to call French Sole to inquire.

They also have a few styles for your little miss. How cute!FrenchSoleShoesManila_JackieGo_30

They’ve got a few styles that are more sophisticated looking.


Seriously crushing on this Penelope pointy snakeskin.FrenchSoleShoesManila_JackieGo_39


They also have driving shoes. Perfect for driver moms like me. A Gabi pair is at P12,000.

They also have boots! Did I mention you can bring your pair to have them cleaned? Love the post-sale service!FrenchSoleShoesManila_JackieGo_28

With all the pairs that surrounded me at the store, I narrowed down my choices to these classics.







Haaaay, so many pretty pairs to choose from!


But in the end, I chose this cap-toe classic Henrietta!

Since I got this, I can’t stop using it. It is super comfy that I need not to break it in. It’s one of the best ballet flats I’ve ever worn. I lug it around whenever I’m wearing heels and have worn it more than a few times since I brought it home with me.

Why should you get a pair? Well, it’s your next best travel buddy ‘coz it’s really stroll friendly. Totally worth the investment! Comfort and chic? That’s French Sole!

Go visit their store in BGC High Street, they have select items currently on sale! 😉


BGC High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

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  1. says

    Nice pictures of french sole ballet flats. I spot some I own. I am a french sole fan too. Have about 12 pairs so far. Most of them bought during the sale period. Comfortable although I did make the initial mistake of buying a henrietta pair too small. It pinches and I wear it only when I need to go out for a short time.


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