“KICK OFF YOUR HEELS”
The Original French Sole by Jane Winkworth enjoys the iconic status of being the world’s original number one leading purveyor of the most beautiful designer classic ballet flats and luxurious, fashionable flat footwear. Founded in 1989 in London and now a famous and much loved brand name associated with some of the most famous women in the world.
Jane Winkworth, the founder and principle designer, is known as “The Queen of Ballet Flats” and has been described by Vogue Magazine as being solely responsible for turning the humble ballet pump into a true fashion classic.
French Sole by Jane Winkworth is the first ever concept retail venture specialising only in Ballet Flats and holds global brandname trademarks in every country in the world except the USA.
French Sole award winning ballet flats are now stocked globally in over four hundred stores worldwide and through the London based French Sole stores as well as the newly opened French Sole Boutique in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
French Sole first began life as a gleam of an idea when Jane Winkworth made her initial collections of bespoke ballet flats back in 1968, working with Gamba and Annello and Davide in London. Later in 1989 after a period as a trained restorer and painter of fine porcelain, Jane Winkworth started French Sole after a chance meeting with a shoe salesman from the French Hirica factory, called Philipe Cassalis.
Philipe, together with the factory he represented – who still today make the famous ballet flats that they first created back in 1950 – encouraged Jane to set up her business specialising in selling only ballet flats and loved her chosen name of French Sole.
The shoes were made using Jane’s own materials, to her own designs and trimmed in the unusual contrasting colours never before seen on ballet flats and under the label of her new name – French Sole.
From the humble beginings in 1989 of a “tabletop” business selling only through Charity Fairs, Jane then started a Mail Order company from her Chelsea home and then followed the four central London based French Sole stores currently operating in Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Mayfair and Marylebone.
The rest is history …French Sole’s beautiful, award winning ballet flats and gorgeous sandals and boots are now the shoes of choice for the world’s most stylish and glamorous women. The company prides itself on superb quality and craftsmanship to age old methods of manufature, hand lasted by third generation shoemakers in two partner factories in France and Spain and using only the very finest of Italian leathers.
French Sole continues to be a hugely successful privately owned family business, dedicated and devoted to designing and producing the best of luxurious, exquisite, comfortable and affordable flat footwear for the most discerning and appreciative of fashionable women everywhere.