Sarah Flint is known for outfitting everyone from celebrities to royalty with her shoes. Yes, you can spot Meghan Markle, Margot Robbie and more wearing her expertly designed flats, heels and boots. But, a crucial part of its success is working with family-owned factories in Italy, which requires regular visits to meet the artisans throughout the design process. Additionally, she has partnered with various global brands like the heritage upholstery company Samuel & Sons and the American Ballet Theatre. So, unsurprisingly, the designer is often on the road.
In fact, if you take a look at Flint’s Instagram, you’ll see she’s been to Washington DC, New York, France, Italy, and Nashville, where she just opened her first permanent store. . Of course, with all that jet set, Flint has pretty much nailed a travel routine. So alongside the launch of new summer styles (aptly named Positano Pink Nappa and Amalfi Ombre Nappa), I caught up with the shoe maven to find out her top travel tips. Here’s what she had to say.
Use travel to inspire you
“My first travel tip is to do it as often as possible,” Flint said. “Inspiration drives creativity! I’m excited to get back on the road, as exploration is a crucial first step in our approach to destination-inspired design. My travels often inspire my designs. I love admiring architecture, the colors and historic sights of any new place, down to the smallest detail.” Even if you’re not a designer, it’s important to look for inspiration when traveling because you never know how it will affect your future life. Maybe a new career? A new hobby? The world is your shell.
Ask for recommendations
“Social media has revolutionized travel,” she noted. “We are all now so interconnected that the odds that someone has visited your destination of interest are very high. When planning a trip, relying on your network for recommendations of places to see, places to eat and more never hurt.” Plus, receiving suggestions from others takes some of the pressure off you to plan the perfect route. And you get insider tips that help create a more authentic experience.
Do not overpack
“My next tip would be to pack responsibly,” Flint said. “Leaving room in my suitcase for new fabrics and materials from travels (and, of course, saving space for personal purchases as well) makes the trip home much lighter and more comfortable.”
Wear comfortable shoes
“When it comes to footwear, comfort is key,” she said. “The Sacchetto Flat (recently launched in a new Rose Gold Nappa color) is the perfect travel companion. Inspired by a ballerina, the style is incredibly soft and flexible, and like all Sarah Flint styles, the Sacchetto features a 3mm extra padding for added comfort The Natalie Sling, a new take on our classic Natalie Flat style, is also a great travel option.
Take photos on a camera, not your phone
“Don’t forget to capture memories,” she said. “Travelling with a disposable camera, for example, can encourage you to disconnect and recharge while intentionally documenting your trip for later reference.