CANDID: Sarah Flint
Sarah Flint launched her eponymous footwear collection in 2013 at the age of 25. The company, based in New York City, was born from her frustration that women had to choose between feeling good in their shoes and looking great in them. Flint marries artisanal quality and original design with functional elements, improving both fit and comfort. Manufactured in the world’s best factories outside Milan, Italy, the shoes are sold direct-to-consumer, offering customers the best possible price-to-value ratio in the market.
My personal style is feminine yet powerful. As a shoe designer, I’m a big fan of having your shoes make the outfit and not the other way around, so they typically are the first things I think about.
The best pieces of fashion armor in my closet are our Natalie flat and Perfect Pump 85!
I’m making my mark by reimagining luxury. As a woman, I understand the frustration of buying shoes that end up sitting in your closet. Because of this, I obsess over the details of fit and construction to make the most comfortable and durable shoes without ever sacrificing style.
A professional/personal challenge that keeps me up at night … As a young entrepreneur, I get a lot of advice, and it’s not always easy to distinguish the good from the bad. Remaining dedicated to the original pillars of my business helps keep me on track through the challenging moments. It’s easy to get swayed in different directions, but I always make sure I stop and think about what’s most important; in our case, it’s the customer experience.
In moments of self-doubt, I build myself back up with the support of my incredible mom and sisters.
My version of self-care is a quick chocolate break between meetings!
Words of wisdom that resonate with me are, “Stay true to yourself and never compromise when it comes to your vision.”
I stay true to my passions by carving out time to sketch and design. I always look for new places to travel and explore when I’m starting to think about a new collection. Some of my favorite designs were inspired by exploring a new place and culture.
I’m most proud of building a community of amazing women with the Sarah Flint brand. From my wonderful team to all of the women we feature from various industries, it’s so rewarding to see them come together and support one another.
The one thing I would like to say to every woman in the world is, be relentless! You’ll never regret being persistent and putting yourself out there.
From 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8, Sarah Flint will join Laura Sawyier in conversation for Vol. 4 of SALON x LKS. Shop her footwear collection loved by Meghan Markle, Karlie Kloss, Amal Clooney and Cindy Crawford that evening, as well as from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Katherine Sawyier is a women’s personal and wardrobe stylist and founder of the Salon x LKS event series. She is based in St. Louis and New York City. To find out more, visit lauraksawyier.com.