Shopping for Franco Sarto Shoes
By Selena Kohng
, last updated July 8, 2011
Franco Sarto is a reliable brand of comfortable, fashion-forward shoes that boasts bestsellers every season. The namesake brand is named after the designer, who has a compelling story; Sarto knew his calling from an early age and worked as a cobbler in his teen years. From there, he went on to starting his own line, marrying a designer's eye with a shoemaker's technical skill. Whether you're in the market for sandals, boots, pumps, or flats, Franco Sarto is sure to have an option that combines fashion, timelessness, quality, and affordability.
Where to Buy
Fortunately, many of the top department stores, such as Macy's, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales, carry a wide range of Franco Sarto shoes for customers to try on in person. Be sure to sign up for each store's email newsletters to receive notices about coupons, special promotions, or subscriber-only offers. If you prefer shopping online or don't have a brick and mortar store nearby to sample Franco Sarto shoes, many online shoe stores carry the line. The first place to look is Zappos, where not only multi-angle pictures of each pair of shoes are available, but also a video description showing them worn by Zappos employees. This virtual preview of the shoes you've got your eye on will help you get a sense of its look and fit. Other online stores like Piperlime, shoes.com, ShoeMall, and Endless carry the bestsellers of the season and offer occasional coupon codes and discounts.
What to Expect
Franco Sarto is a perennially favorite feature of fashion magazines and blogs, and it's easy to see why. Whether it's riding boots, a suede ballet flat, or a gladiator sandal, Franco Sarto offers a classic look that still employs the hottest trends. Clean lines and comfort are not to be outdone by feminine or edgy details. The Kashmir Sandal, for example, was a bestseller this summer for its classic espadrille slingback silhouette, reminiscent of a retro-chic appeal with modern sensibility. The Nikita, originally $99 and on sale at various sites, was another popular choice for those looking for a more daring look; it features a wedge heel and a strappy woven leather upper that together conveys a modern, chic take on the gladiator sandal. Although a more trendy style, this shoe could easily be worn year after year.
For the fall, look for ladylike, elegant styles like the Harlow, $89, a patent open-toed wedge heel that is as appropriate for the office as it is a formal occasion. The Katy ballet flat, $79, is a rich suede flat with a sweet bow detail at the vamp and sensible rubber traction heel. Be ready to pounce on riding boots, however, as they are always bestsellers; crafted of rich leather, boasting flattering lines and thoughtful details, Franco Sarto riding boots sell out quickly every year. This fall, the Rocket boot, $189, is bound to be on every woman's must-have list. Available in camel or black, it features dual full-length side zippers and elastic goring at the back for a fit that feels custom made. The Road boot, $189, will also be a bestseller with its pull-on style, deep chestnut color, and elastic panels in back for a mixed media look.