Cette ballerine ultra-super-mega-absolument-confortable porte le nom d'Amie, une femme exceptionnelle toujours à la recherche de nouvelles aventures. (Aux dernières nouvelles, elle buvait du champagne avec des barons et duchesses dans une villa isolée sur la Méditerranée). Utilisant la même forme que les saisons passées, mais sans le talon, ni le bout structurés, John a dessiné cette ballerine facile à enfiler en utilisant un cuir lustré souple, un élastique et une semelle et un talon en caoutchouc qui permettent à Amie de se mouler à votre pied. Truth and Integrity... Since 1970. (Vérité et intégrité... Depuis 1970.)
Ali from our New York store says:
The Arabella sizes true, but the width can be a bit narrow. It is a ballet flat, so it can be a little snug.
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Posted by Lei:
Patent needs patience!
I bought these lovely flats in the lilac a few months ago in 10 1/2. I love the color and the fact that they're patent - a comfortable flat for wear when it's damp outside is wonderful!
Comfortable.. that's the tricky word. The patent flats pinch horribly at first (both the elastic at the toes and the backs. Oh, god, the backs. The first few times I wore them, the backs felt awful.
I have been carefully heat-stretching my flats with my hair dryer and super thick socks, and the fit is finally starting to be what it should have been in the first place. I do have slightly wide feet, and feel like I should have gone with the 11 instead of the 10 1/2, but the length of the flats is perfect for me. My recommendation is either to order the regular finish colors, or plan on spending some time breaking these in before going for a stroll.
Posted by Leila from United States:
Size 12 runs quite short!
So I initially bought these in black to wear for my wedding. I ended up getting some red shoes instead, but I still kept these because I thought they'd be a nice, versatile, plain shoe to have in my arsenal. I wish I had realized how very short they were the first time I tried them on! They really do fit more like an 11. After several times of giving my little toes blisters, now it's too late to return them. Alas and alack...
Posted by Jessy:
The elastic was excruciating when I first put them on, but I've been wearing the shoes for an hour here and there around the house. They are softening up quite nicely. I wear a 9.5 in most brands, but I opted for the 10 in these shoes. It was wise to size up. I can wear a super sleuth sock with these, unlike many ballet flats. The sole is nice, flexible, with just a tiny bit of shock absorption. I normally wear barefoot style shoes, so I find the lack of arch support to be desirable.
Posted by Judy Phillips from Chicago:
These shoes are adorable but, alas, I had to return them after one very painful wearing. The elastic in front digs in and hurt horribly. And, the back dug in and gave me a blister. Sigh
Posted by Melissa Bischoping from Minot, ND:
Just a simple pair of flats
I've been putting off buying Fluevog flats for ages, because they're always coming out with heels I cannot live without! I ordered the Amie's after trying on a cream pair in the Minneapolis store. I was waiting for the grey to go on sale. They're a nice matte finish, so I don't think they'll scuff as easy as the patent. I run anywhere from a 10-11 in Vogs, and I ordered these in a 10.5 and they fit well. I also wear a 10.5 in the Miracles, Mini: Bee's Knees, Queen Transcendent: Nefertiti, and an 11 in the Operetta Malibrans if that gives anyone an idea....
They are snug at first, especially across the top big toe joint, but they loosen up pretty well. I find the tighter fit necessary with ballet flats so they don't rub blisters.
As usual, Jami was amazing and checked in with me on sizing (and complimented my fantastic taste in shoes) :) She's awesome, and I'm so happy to work with her - she knows my style and always finds me the coolest bargains!
Posted by KateC from Saskatchewan:
needed shoes made for walking
I normally am not seen in any heel shorter than 2.5", but I wanted to get some flats for an upcoming trip. I got these beauts in patent lilac. I'm still breaking them in (they rub quite a bit on the back of the heel, nothing a wee bandaid doesn't fix) and my very high arches mean I will probably put in an additional insole (although they are quite well-padded, for a ballet flat.)
Now that they're on sale, I will probably pick up another colour! I love that the patent won't be bothered by rain or humidity. They'll be excellent for my trip, until I can go back to my beloved Fluevog heels. :)
Posted by Meg from Upstate NY:
My feet are now acting like spoiled brats
I got my grey Amie's yesterday and wore them to work today. I've had them on for 10 hours so far, including many trips up and down staircases, with no issues at all. The color and fit are so perfect it's as if they were custom made. The only problem is that now my spoiled brat feet may not let me wear anything else. Oh well, I can live with that. Thanks Fluevog! I'll be back.
Posted by Gabrielle from Edmonton:
Sad to say...
I'm a longtime liver of Fluevogs and I bought these in the whit colour last winter. I put them away until the weather was good enough to wear them. Within 3 weeks they were horribly scuffed and the leather on the heal started to peel away. I expected them to get dirty but I didn't expect them to become damaged so quickly. The leather on the toe was so badly scuffed that I couldn't get them looking good again. They were so comfortable and cute and I got so many compliments on them so I am very sad to say that they wore out so quickly. :(. I'd love the purple pair but I'm hesitant to spend the money, now....
Posted by Megan from Toronto:
Traffic Cone Orange
I bought these on the first day of the sale in neon orange and I wore them 3 days in a row, including being on my feet all day at Toronto Pride. These flats have great support and the elastic isn't a bother at all. I might have to go get them in turquoise too.
Posted by Jill from Winnipeg:
Beautiful shoe, found a solution for the heel
I bought these in Montreal and fell in love as soon as I saw the berry colour. I was a little nervous to get them because when I tried them on, the heel rubbed like a lot of people have mentioned in previous reviews. I spoke to the salesman and he suggested shoe trees, which work like a charm. As well, he used his tool to soften the backs a little.
I did have to break them in, but they've gotten much better. At first I could only wear the shoes for an hour before my heel was raw and killing me and I would switch. Whenever the shoes are off, I put the shoe trees in and keep the heel part up of them up a little so that the elastic gets stretched out more, and now I can wear them all day.
While they do offer a little arch support, my arches are so high that the support doesn't really make a difference. That being said, I love the shape, colour and patent.
I wish they had designed the shoe so it didn't bother peoples' heels, but if you're worried, just put a shoe tree in there whenever you're not wearing them.