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The Foundation Flat - Cognac

5.0
Rated 5.0 stars
117 Reviews

€199 EUR

Description

A timeless pair that feels as good as it looks. Our signature ballet flats are expertly made by hand in Italy from rich brown leather and their sleek shape is defined by the natural curve of the foot. The directional squared toe and flattering vamp give this humble ballet pump a simple yet modern update.  Designed for everyday wear, this pair is versatile enough to wear to work and at the weekend, too.

This Cognac colour is exclusively made-to-order, it will not be available in stock. Your order is custom made for you, and only you. This helps us significantly reduce waste by eliminating excess inventory and produce in a more sustainable way. 

These artisanal flats are made in Italy from high-quality leathers. We have full transparency in our supply chain and pay 100% living wages to our workers.

Fit Details & Care
  • Have a high instep, or wearing a half size? Size up for a perfect fit
  • 100% Leather upper and lining from  LWG Gold-certified partner 
  • Leather collar lining and insole
  • Memory foam padding for extra comfort
  • Heel height measures 5mm or 0.2 inches
  • Visit our Care Guide for detailed instructions
Social Responsibility
  • Produced responsibly in Italy by master craftsmen and their local suppliers. Learn more
  • All suppliers and subcontractors making ESSEN products are required to fully comply with the ESSEN Code of Conduct, covering the ILO Four Fundamental Freedom principles and the Five Fundamental Freedoms for animal welfare (WAP).
  • We exclusively use leathers from LWG-certified partners. Learn More
  • All our leather is EU reach compliant (REACH), ensuring no harmful chemicals were used in production
  • Your order will be shipped in a FSC certified box and reusable packaging
  • In partnership with OneTribe, we protect 5 endangered rainforest trees for every order, Learn Why
Delivery & Returns

ESSEN offers complementary worldwide shipping.

We're an Australian brand but most of our shoes are shipped from Europe. Our warehousing and distribution was deliberately chosen to be near our factories so we can produce only what we need and minimise the total distance your shoes have to travel.

Europe
Standard delivery: 2-4 business days
Express delivery: 1-3 business days

World
Standard delivery 4-10 business days
Express delivery 3-5 business days

For more information please check our Shipping page.

Purchased items can be returned within 14 days of the delivery date. Find more information here.

We offer free shipping and exhanges, and use recycled and reusable packaging for all our orders.

Need Help?

If you have any questions about fit or sizing or require a custom fit, we’re happy to help. Please contact us at info@essenthelabel.com

ESSEN donates $2 from every sale to a charity of your choice with

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5.0
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117 reviews
  • KM
    Kate M.
    Verified Buyer
    The Foundation Flat - Sky
    Reviewing
    The Foundation Flat - Sky
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 45 - 54
    Usual Size EUR 38 - AUS/US 7.5 - UK5
    Size Purchased 38
    Foot Width Standard
    How It Fits Perfect
    Rated 5 stars
    3 months ago
    Perfect dainty shoe

    Such a well made beautiful pair of shoes - love them! They perfectly and are so comfortable. I love wearing them and looking after them.

    QualityRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    ComfortRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    SizingRated 0.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
  • JG
    Jennifer G.
    Verified Buyer
    The Foundation Flat - Silver
    Reviewing
    The Foundation Flat - Silver
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 45 - 54
    Usual Size EUR 36 - AUS/US 5.5 - UK3.5
    Size Purchased 36
    Foot Width Standard
    How It Fits Perfect
    Rated 5 stars
    1 week ago
    So Comfy!

    perfect fit and oh so comfortable!

    QualityRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    ComfortRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    SizingRated 0.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
  • CL
    catherine l.
    Verified Buyer
    The Foundation Flat - Red
    Reviewing
    The Foundation Flat - Red
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 65+
    Usual Size EUR 40 - AUS/US 9 - UK6.5
    Size Purchased 40
    Foot Width Standard
    How It Fits Perfect
    Rated 5 stars
    2 weeks ago
    Beautiful and comfortable and environmentally friendly

    These shoes were worth waiting for, they are beautiful and very comfortable. I was delighted to be able to order one shoe a size larger than the other, this is the first time both my feet have felt comfortable. The service I got was so friendly and helpful, when I sent back the first pair of shoes, Marre suggested that the shoes could be made with half a size difference as they were being specially made anyway. It is a bonus to know that I am helping the environment by reducing over-production as well. I will be saving up for my next pair.

    QualityRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    ComfortRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    SizingRated 0.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
  • RH
    Rachel H.
    Verified Buyer
    The Foundation Flat - Tan
    Reviewing
    The Foundation Flat - Tan
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 25 - 34
    Usual Size EUR 37 - AUS/US 6.5 - UK4
    Size Purchased 37
    Foot Width Standard
    How It Fits Perfect
    Rated 5 stars
    3 weeks ago
    The best work shoe there ever was

    If you don’t own a pair of these already as your everyday flats for work/ life in general, you’re missing out. I’ve struggled to find stylish/ comfortable flats which I can wear daily to work for the longest time but I’ll never look back after this!! Do yourself a favour, it’s worth the splurge

    QualityRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    ComfortRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    SizingRated 0.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
  • AS
    Angela S.
    Verified Buyer
    The Foundation Flat - Ivory
    Reviewing
    The Foundation Flat - Ivory
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 45 - 54
    Usual Size EUR 37 - AUS/US 6.5 - UK4
    Size Purchased 37
    Foot Width Narrow
    How It Fits Perfect
    Rated 5 stars
    4 weeks ago
    Beautifully Made

    Beautifully made , softest leather and very high quality. Fit like a glove so chic and yet comfortable.

    QualityRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    ComfortRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    SizingRated 0.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
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