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 “concept” company selling only ballet style footwear. Starting out as a Mail Order company run from the basement of Jane’s 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 Jane’s 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.
French Sole “ name brand” ballerinas have become trend setting award winners, with accolades and prizes from all the major magazines. Voted by Glamour magazine The Best Ballet Flats and by Vogue magazine “The prettiest ballet flats around”.