J. Crew flats can be hit or miss. They’ve made some amazing pairs over the years, so I don’t hesitate to give new pairs a try (even I can sneak returns in during their 60 day return policy)! My recent favorite additions were the Harper cutout flat and the Viv flat, now both discontinued to make way for the new arrivals. Their newest style is the Sloan d’Orsay flat. It first arrived in a basic suede version, and now also features a gold leather version, studded black suede version, glitter version and calf hair version. I had such a hard time deciding which pair to get! I ultimately ended up with the suede pair in cabernet when the most recent sale started. Note they took the suede pair off of sale but the other ones are still up to 30% off right now (you could probably chat and get the 30% off if you tried). Here are my thoughts on this shoe.
Sizing: I used to need to size up 1/2 size in J. Crew shoes (from a 6 to a 6.5). Recently this hasn’t been the case. Given the reviews saying these ran large, I stuck with my regular size 6. They fit just how I want them to. Not snug, but not so loose as they fall off when I’m walking. Just the right amount of space to allow my feet to swell a little throughout the day.
Comfort: J. Crew suede is super comfortable. The suede used in these shoes is the same as that used in my favorite Elsie pumps (note the colors are the same, too). It doesn’t rub or make blisters! Other things to note about the shoe: The toe box is on the wider side and does stretch out (good for me, bad for those with narrow feet!). They are comfortable to walk in, but there isn’t much cushion. They are a little stiff, but not horrible like the Manolos they’re copying.
Style: Like I mentioned earlier, I love the look of this shoe! They have a pointed toe, which gives a more streamlined look and seems to add length to the leg. The d’Orsay cut gives the shoes a laid back vibe overall. But the vamp is cut up higher, so no toe cleavage. Depending on what color you get (black? glittery pink?), these can either be a perfect work basic or a fancy dressy shoe.
Quality: I think the quality of these shoes is ok. The materials are all pretty good. The suede is beautifully saturated. The leather lining is nice. The craftsmanship is ok, definitely not perfect. They’re expensive at $148, but much more affordable at 30% off.
Overall: I think these are well worth the sale price for me since they’ll get so much use. My favorite aspect about these is the colors they come in. I kind of regret not getting the pink pair in the pictures… maybe next time. I need to save some money! I’ll post some outfit pics with them as soon as I can 🙂