French Sole was founded in 1989 by shoe designer Jane Winkworth. With a passion for ballet and ballerina style shoes and with a background of art , painting and design ,Jane decided to set up the first ever ï¿½conceptï¿½ company selling only ballet style footwear. Starting out as a Mail Order company run from the basement of Janeï¿½s home in Chelsea and with the late Princess of Wales as one of her most devoted fans, the business quickly grew and the first store in Fulham opened in 1991 with a second store in prestigious Sloane Street following later in 1997.
French Sole still use their original French factory partners, but also now proudly have their own Spanish factory manufacturing all Janeï¿½s unique designs using only the finest and best quality Italian and Spanish skins, leathers and materials sourced by French Sole from the very best tanneries in Europe.
The company now supplies over five hundred outlets, stores and concessions globally and is preparing to open two new stores in London with a further six stores planned for early next year. Selfridges, House of Fraser, Shoe Studio, Top Shop, Bentalls and John Lewis are just a handful of the famous retail names now stocking these gorgeous little shoes. The French Sole Mail Order company, currently stocks around thirty thousand pairs of shoes and are based in large warehouses and offices on the prestigious Lambs Farm Business Park in Reading, Berkshire and currently employ twenty two people sending shoes to every country in the world.
An ï¿½Out of Townï¿½ store opened in Weybridge last year which has become a Mecca for all the ladies who lunch in Surrey and also based in Weybridge at The Quadrant Office complex is the French Sole design studio and IT offices employing a further six people to design, control and update the website.
French Sole Ltd hold fully registered trademarks in the following countries: United Kingdom, The EEC Community, Japan, Singapore, The United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Lebanon, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada and Australia.
French Sole ballet pumps are a true fashion classic and are an important and much loved part of every stylish women's shoe closet.
Ranging from the simplest and tiny of low cut styles through to smart city pumps and exquisite glittering party shoes.
Faux animal skins form a major part of this unique collection and everything from tiger, leopard, ponyhair, faux lizard, crocodile and snakeskin can be found together with sumptuous French Empire silk brocade mules to delightful St Tropez influenced fifties style gingham beach pumps.
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