This week, Sarah Flint is celebrating the 7th birthday of her iconic shoe – the Natalie flat. I’ve been an avid collector of this style ever since Meghan Markle first stepped out in the saddle leather version in 2017. Years later, this feminine flat comes in a kaleidoscope of materials from beautiful leathers to a date night worthy leopard calf hair. Comfortable and feminine, this shoe is the perfect dressy-meets-casual style that belongs in every woman’s closet.
If these beautiful flats have been on your wishlist today is the day to take the plunge! For this week only you can get $50 off any pair of Natalies with code: SARAHFLINT-NATALIEBDAY, but the code expires TONIGHT (Sept 18th) at 11:59pm PT.
Need more confirmation that these shoes are worth the investment? There are a thousand ways to style the Natalie flat, so this week I wanted to gather some outfit inspiration for you. Paired with pants, skirts, dresses, or coats, the Natalie flat is a 4 season wardrobe workhorse. Keep scrolling for over 20 outfit ideas featuring the Natalie flat – a shoe so good you’ll want them in every color! (And there’s even a behind the scenes look at how each Natalie is made by hand in Italy at the end, photographed by yours truly. 👌🏼)
I’ve also had the privilege of joining the Sarah Flint team in Italy for a tour of the family-owned factory where these beautiful shoes are crafted by hand. Read on for a little behind the scenes look at how these beautiful shoes are made!
Step One: Marie, one of Sarah Flint’s modelistas, covers the last (mechanical form of the foot) in masking tape so she can use it as a canvas to create the pattern.
Step Two: Using the last as a guide, Marie draws the Natalie on the masking tape.
Step Three: Marie then cuts the masking tape off the last so she can place it on card stock to create the master pattern.
Step Four: From the master pattern, all the other pieces of the Natalie can be developed and used to create the shoe.
Step Five: Marie is then able to use the pattern to cut pieces of the bow out of Sarah’s signature saddle leather.
Step Six: The pieces are handed off to Anna, who is head of the stitching department, so she can construct the bow and place it on the upper. From there the upper is joined to the sole resulting in a beautiful, versatile shoe!