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yes and I'm not convinced they are. I have one pair but they are still fairly new so I can't really comment on quality etc. They look very pretty but the fittings are all over the place. Make sure you read the notes re sizing before you order as different styles come up differently and you have to pay for returns (a pet hate of mine with mail order and something I didn't realise when I ordered some). They also took ages to refund after demanding return within 7 days. I have to say I don't think I will be rushing back for any more....
If you can get to the shop, i think it is new or about to open, that may be best way to decide.
I bought some last year and I don't think they are worth it. After finally finding a pair that didn't make me look like Princess Di, within six months of not intensive wear they had lost their shape and looked really shabby and I am not someone who usually trashes shoes. In comparison the marks and spencers ones I had previously lasted three years, so I went back to those this summer.
Ooh, I am a ballet pump addict and adore French Sole - for some reason they are the most flattering on the foot (something to do with very low 'toe cleavage' - really!).
Plus the leather is lovely and they do last - I have had one pair for 3 years. Also come in lovely materials like satin, grosgrain (sp?) etc, with lovely trims.
But, they are tiny - probably would get a size bigger than usual. I had to give one pair away after I was pregnant as my feet must have slightly expanded and they pinched my toes after that. Also have one Repetto pair which look gorgeous but are bloody uncomfortable, so I do prefer French Sole on balance. They are worth it, trust me - I have been wearing ballet pumps for the best part of 25 years!
I got them in the shop - Sloane Square (didn't know they sold them elsewhere! ponce emoticon) But since then I got a pair as a pressie (from my lovely sis) and they were fine - just try them on for size first.
I've had a few pairs, the styles are great (I've had the Harriet style before), and they look brilliant when new, but to be honest, they don't stay looking great for that long. My advice would be to buy some, but save them for nights out etc rather then for day to day wear.