Cinderella shall go to the Ball


In a brand new pair of ballet flats!  At last I have managed to replace my poor, lost in a drunken stupor, pair of faithful old ballet flats from Banana Republic, which, to be fair, owed me nothing.  They were truly on their last legs and had served me well for the last 4 years before deciding, on a night out with other bloggers, to free themselves from the burden of being worn by me (and unceremoniously dragged around in the my handbag whilst pride of place was always given to the heels) 

I hadn't realised though how much of a staple part of my wardrobe they were - that old chestnut, absence makes the heart grow fonder.  I've charted my pursuit of a replacement here (ie moaned like shit about not being able to find any) 

Actually I was less Cinderella and more Goldilocks, one pair was too plastic, one pair was too expensive, one pair was too pointy, one pair was too pointy, plastic and painful (ok so Goldilocks with a harem of bears) 

But thanks to Charlotte Henderson at The British Flat Shoe Company, I now have a pair which I am absolutely over the moon with.  I was really torn between getting a navy and black pair and the ones that Charlotte sent me are the perfect combination.  

The British Flat "Wild Cat" in Black Foil. £99  These are essentially black but because of the foil effect on the leopard print, they pick up the colour of navy when worn with it - the perfect holograph effect shoe! (ok so that probably isn't top of your list when looking for a shoe - but trust me, it randomly works) 


Charlotte started the company only this year after she couldn't find the shoe that she was looking for (familiar story there) and decided she could do better herself (have no fear - I have no plans to start manufacturing or designing shoes!)  

Thus The British Flat Shoe Company was born and now produce leather shoes that are from local materials, hand machined and hand finished right here in the UK.

And, to top it all, they are comfy.  They're not as flimsy as some ballerinas can be but certainly not too chunky - just a classic ballerina flat.  They have added cushioned inner soles and built in padded soft heel inserts - I've had mine on for two days and am off to London on Thursday - shall definitely be wearing these. 

They do come in a range of colours - I know that Charlotte is looking to expand the range (please can we also have a leopard print pair?) but for the moment, the classic every day essentials are there. 


Definitely next on my list is a pair of the two tone - probably in the classic navy and bone combo. 

The British Flat two tone navy nappa £99 



Here are mine - hopefully you can almost see the navy/black effect (Clearly doesn't negate me needing a wholly navy pair mind...) 


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One of the best things about writing this blog and becoming better known is finding out about small British Companies and being able to support them and therefore, British Manufacturing, our heritage and our traditions.  Don't get me wrong, I am a guilty lover of fast fashion and am not foolish enough to think that it doesn't have a place on our High Street but I do think that it needs to co-exist alongside British Companies and not at the expense of them. 

I feel very privileged to be asked to support young developing companies who are bringing us products of excellent value and quality and at the same time, supporting the traditions of British Industry. 

As a thank you, Charlotte from The British Flat Shoe Company is offering a 10% off discount code:- KAT40/10% from orders placed on the website.  Any problems at all using it, please do shout.

Here are my outfits, complete with new ballet flats.  I've missed you. 


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Silk Leopard Print top - Zara
Black blazer with elbow patches - Taylor Stephens
Distressed skinny jeans with zips - Zara
Black Wild Cat ballet flats - The British Flat Shoe Company 


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Black Crepe sleeveless top - Zara
Indigo straight legs rolled up - Earl Jeans 
Black and cream ribbon Pearly King and Queen jacket - Phase Eight
Black Diego bag - Alexander Wang
Black Wild Cat ballet flats - The British Flat Shoe Company 

I do hope you think they're as fab as I do.  I'm also sure that Charlotte would appreciate any feedback on ideas for new shoes that she could make in the future.  I've got my thinking cap on. 

Tomorrow I shall be back with another of my Must Have items for the A/W. (have we worked out yet that when I say "must have" it's code for "I need new ones and need to justify a purchase.....")

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  1. HI Kat, love the ones you choose so versatile will go with almost anything you throw on. Don’t Zara just do the most easiest to wear tops, all my work tops are Zara
    And congrats Charlotte on starting the company, wish you the greatest of success

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  2. Hi Kat, thank you for a super review of my British Flat Shoes, thank you. Thank you also to all the people who have been so positive, kind and supportive. xx

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  3. Gorgeous shoes! Just looked at the website and the fawn suede ones are beautiful (just too pricy for a pair of ballet flats for me). These ones look fab on you x

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  4. I like the print on the pair you've chosen Kat - takes them up a notch. In addition, the fact that the vamp is quite high on them is not lost on me which eliminates toe cleavage which is a huge bug bear of mine. I shall be checking them out and if Charlotte is reading - could we have some pointy toe ones please? In the same print as Kat's because that would be my perfect pair. Actually I have a pair of Russell & Bromley ones which are very similar but they're not quite perfect and that's all because of the toe cleavage. These things matter!

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    1. Oooh yes - pointy ones - and ship to the US please custom duties paid!

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  5. These are fantastic! Really love the textured pair you have. I like reading your blog for the small British companies you reveal to the rest of us (well that's one of the reasons). I think £99 is a bit too rich for me at this stage in my life but they look great and hopefully will be a real success for Charlotte. If I was in the market for a stunning pair of flats either the pair you have or that bright pink pair would definitely appeal!

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  6. Gorgeous shoes Kat & I'm in agreement with you a leopard print pair would be perfect. I live in my flat ballet shoes & don't think you can ever have enough colours in your wardrobe x

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  7. They are lovely, trouble is with flats, if it's comfort I am going for, I like to try them on and walk around a bit, is she in any shops? I am hopeless at returns so never buy more expensive stuff on line

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  8. Would love these shoes in a more modern pointy toe!

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  9. Did you get these from the company in exchange for writing a blog post on them? They don't seem like your normal style, nor did the welly style ankle boots you featured recently. It would be great if you specified when you were sent something to review, rather than you actively seeking out the product to purchase.

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    1. I'm not entirely sure what point you're trying to make. No I wan't given these in return for writing a blog. As i specifically said in the blog, Charlotte came to my rescue, had seen that I had lost mine, and asked if I would like to try some of hers. As for them not being my normal style, these are the identical shape to the ones I had lost and had had and worn regularly for four years. That not withstanding, I'm not sure I recall any rules about not being able to break out of my usual "style" rut. With regards to the boots you so politely refer to, these are an exceptionally similar style to ones I was desperately trying to hunt out earlier in the year. I could have chosen any boots and they were the ones I personally selected. I hope this clears up any confusion.

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    2. I also forgot to mention that I was under absolutely NO obligation to write about either of these. But I love the fact that I am able to find and support new British Companies with fantastic value products. I wasn't asked to review them.

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  10. Can you please tell how they fit across
    the foot by the big toe side? I just recycled a pair of BR ballets as they cut across my foot, i have slightly wider feet but not hideously wide and am desperate for ballet flats. Thanks

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  11. I love them Kat! They have the perfect round toe! Super cute! Ax

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  12. you are looking dashing ,
    i like your style ,
    your shoes also very awesome . . . .
    thanks for ideas . . . .



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  13. Its really appricaiting work out i am so happy to see this you have very beautiful blog about ballet lots of people taking apart of ballet thanks .



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