Review and Giveaway: Charlie Stone Grifo Flats in Vegan Scarlet Red
If you haven’t heard of Charlie Stone, today’s your lucky day. The vintage-inspired shoe brand focuses on elevated comfort and throwback designs worthy of Queenie and Tina. Best of all, Charlie Stone recently debuted a new collection that’s perfect for all you Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, Slytherins, and Hufflepuffs.
I had the pleasure of reviewing the company’s vegan, scarlet red “Special Edition” Grifo flats (see the link to explore all sizes and materials). Inspired by the elaborate Art Nouveau decadence that soaks the halls of Café Majestic in Portugal—where Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was penned—the Grifo flat sports a timeless design that’s sure to stay in style decades more to come.
Simply unboxing these beauties was an adventure, thanks to the company’s magical packaging. Inside the box, a familiar-looking letter awaits you. Upon breaking the seal, the mysterious letter urges you to investigate its clues.
You’ll find messages written backward – only to be read in a mirror – and a perplexing riddle written inside of your shoes. Put it all together and find the answer if you can. Charlie Stone will accept correct responses on its website and enter contestants to win a prize!
Of course, magical packaging only gets you so far. So I quickly set about unboxing my new vegan flats and took them for a spin. Slipping them on, I was happy with the look. Soft, vegan suede drapes stylishly over the shoe, cinched with a gold loop. And the polished, shiny vegan leather underneath offers a pretty sheen that really pops on an outfit. In the product photos on the website, the shoe’s heel could be mistaken for gold—but in reality, it’s a soft, neutral beige. The heel is minimal, just three centimeters, so you get some lift without any discomfort.
The sole of the shoe is slightly more supportive than an average ballet flat. There’s a pleasant cushion to the footbed that offers extra support.
In short, and as to be expected with a ballet flat, you could enjoy the Grifo for a full day at the office—but I wouldn’t recommend them for all-day walking.
The dainty clasps are of average quality, with five sizing options for your ankles. The rose gold tint on my pair is a nice touch, and the color of the shoe matches the description well. For a “scarlet red,” the Grifo doesn’t disappoint, embodying more of a true red than a muted alternative (like burgundy).
Perhaps the strongest endorsement I can offer is that the vegan Grifo flats break in quickly and easily. I didn’t have to wear them excessively long before I could feel comfortable in them. Frequently, new shoes arrive so stiff and so rigid that you blister the first few times you wear them, but the vegan Grifo was pliable, flexible, and comfortable within just a day of wear.
If red isn’t your color, you can browse similar styles in yellow, blue, and green. From the comfortable fit to the lasting design and magical packaging, I can strongly recommend the beautiful “Special Edition” vegan Grifo flats, available for $120.00 on Charlie Stone’s website. If you want your own pair, shop soon, since sizes are going quickly and beginning to sell out! You can get your own for 20% off using code MUGGLENET. You can also win your own by entering our giveaway below before February 12.
A pair of vegan Grifo flats was provided to MuggleNet by Charlie Stone Shoes. All opinions belong to the reviewer.