Strolling in Style with Sarah Flint

The per­fect pump, first loves, stand­ing tall & the Scot­tish High­lands

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The in­spi­ra­tions of this young cob­bler are as var­ied as her royal and celebrity clien­tele. En­joy walk­ing with women’s footwear de­signer Sarah Flint through her New York City and ex­plore her eye for de­sign.

Sur­pris­ing as­pects of the ar­ti­sans at Gra­vati...

Based in Vigevano, Italy, the Gra­vati com­pany con­tin­ues to make ev­ery part of the shoe en­tirely in-house. Un­like many other fac­to­ries, they have not mod­ernised their process by re­ly­ing on other sup­pli­ers for in­soles, heels, and out­soles. They are fam­ily-owned and utilise tech­niques that have been passed down through gen­er­a­tions. The ar­ti­sans take so much pride in their work and their crafts­man­ship truly has no equal.

Shoes for mil­len­nial jet-set­ters in their travel bag...

I’m lov­ing the An­drea Slide, it’s both func­tional and stylish. Com­fort is es­sen­tial when trav­el­ling and I al­ways go with flats. They’re easy to pack, avail­able in ver­sa­tile colours like gold and black, and go with ev­ery­thing!

My first love of shoes...

My mom could not get me out of my patent leather tap shoes. They had a lit­tle heel and beau­ti­ful gros­grain rib­bon – I loved ev­ery de­tail. I would try to wear them to school, and had to be coaxed into my far less su­pe­rior sneak­ers. Nowhere near as fun!

I have al­ways felt that shoes make an out­fit and that they in­spire us to stand tall and walk with

con­fi­dence. Even when I was young, a beau­ti­ful pair of shoes made me feel im­me­di­ately dressed up and ready for the day. I have never wanted to do any­thing else!

In­spi­ra­tion for this sea­son...

My fam­ily and I fre­quently travel to Scot­land, and this sea­son I was in­spired by the land­scape and na­ture of the high­lands, as well as the his­tor­i­cal dress and em­broi­dery that has long been a part of the cul­ture. My favourite mem­o­ries in­clude walk­ing through the coun­try­side with my fam­ily and en­joy­ing the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings. I re­cently re­leased two styles with hand-stitched em­broi­dery, in­spired by the na­tional em­blem and flower of Scot­land. Flo­ral this­tle em­broi­dery on gold linen re­minds me of the tex­ture and colours that make up the in­cred­i­ble land­scape.

Cur­rent trends in the de­signer shoe in­dus­try...

I love that lower heels are be­ing em­braced – we’ve even seen celebri­ties wear­ing flats on the red car­pet! I typ­i­cally wear flats or a 50mm heel on a daily ba­sis and feel just as pol­ished and so­phis­ti­cated as I would in a high heel. The dif­fer­ence is, I’m much more com­fort­able and con­fi­dent in a lower heel know­ing that I can keep up with my crazy sched­ule!

My dream shoe…

It al­ready ex­ists in our Emma Pump. It’s the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of style and func­tion to take you from the of­fice to drinks to date night. It has a 50mm pump and a V-shaped vamp for a sexy cut that shows off the per­fect amount of “toe cleav­age” (my favourite shoe term!) Amal Clooney has been spot­ted out in the Emma more than once, and I don’t think there is any­one who ex­udes class and so­phis­ti­ca­tion more than her!

Top five des­ti­na­tions on my bucket list that are also shoe de­sign hotspots…

In­dia, Ja­pan, Ire­land, New Zealand, Rus­sia

Form and func­tion in shoe de­sign...

To me, the two go to­gether. When a woman is wear­ing some­thing beau­ti­ful that ac­tu­ally feels great on her foot, it gives her ex­tra con­fi­dence as she walks through the world.

My favourite city…

New York City will for­ever be my favourite place. Not only is it my home, but it is where I started my com­pany and it pro­vides daily in­spi­ra­tion. It’s di­verse – each neigh­bour­hood feels like a dif­fer­ent city al­to­gether, with new mu­se­ums, restau­rants, and gal­leries to dis­cover ev­ery day.

On be­ing one of Meghan Markle’s favourite brands...

I am thrilled that the Duchess of Sus­sex is such a fan of the brand!

My travel must-haves...

I al­ways start with Sarah Flint flats and a long list of rec­om­men­da­tions from friends and fam­ily who have vis­ited be­fore me. A travel steamer and Liv­ing Proof Per­fect Hair Day are my other essen­tials!

My rec­om­mended hid­den gems in New York City…

I would start with a visit to Palma, an amaz­ing Ital­ian spot in the West Vil­lage.

There is a beau­ti­ful back gar­den and in­cred­i­ble, or­ganic food. It’s the only restau­rant I’ve found in the US that is as good as the lo­cal food I’ve eaten in Italy! The Low­ell Ho­tel is my choice for a stay­ca­tion, and I al­ways rec­om­mend it to friends and fam­ily. It’s the only ho­tel in the city with wood burn­ing fire­places in each room. For a hid­den gem, I love

Wash­ing­ton Mews, a pri­vate street in

Green­wich Vil­lage. The cob­ble­stone street and car­riage houses haven’t changed since the 1800s.

Sarah Flint’s Showroom

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