Elizabeth Suzann silk + Sevilla Smith shoes

Sevilla Smith Sandy D’Orsay Flats: In review

I can’t go a few days of wearing these without someone asking who made these beautiful shoes by Sevilla Smith so I’d like to share a little review: Know that each pair is made according to your exact specifications, from leather type to width to the occasional Midas touch. When these flats arrive they should feel very tight for the first couple of wears, but won’t leave a single blister β€” scout’s honor. Give them two days to loosen up and they’ll melt into the softest, buttery leather socks that have ever adorned your sweet feet.
Since they’re made-to-order it will take around two to four weeks for them to arrive at your doorstep β€” it’s worth the wait. Every pair arrives with its own little hand-stamped shoe bag. There’s also a sling-back style as well as an ankle boot. Unless she’s on the road, Faye Sevilla Smith’s shoes are hand-hammered within ringing distance of The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sevilla Smith ‘The Sandy’ D’Orsay Flat in black pebble grain leather
Handcrafted and made to order in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Barcelona, Spain
Sizing and fit: I am typically a US 7.5 or US 8 narrow and went with US 7.5 (size 38 EU) per Sevilla’s Smith’s sizing advice.

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Also wearing

Cuyana Classic Alpaca Cape in black
size petite, a bit oversized so I sized down; I’m 5’8″ 125 lbs 32″x24″x32″

Elizabeth Suzann Harlow tank in black silk crepe
small, true to size with generous drape
Similar by Cuyana, Everlane, Eileen Fisher

Paige Skyline Ankle Peg in white
27R, true to size with a hint of stretch

Vintage Secret Compartment Pyramid Necklace on Etsy
Margaret Elizabeth Amalfi Cuff β„… Rocksbox

Sokoloff ‘Famous’ Bralette in Black
small; similar by Hanky Panky


  1. I love that Elizabeth Suzann top, but have been trying to buy less silk (the dry cleaning! ah!). How do you care for yours?

  2. I used to shy away from buying silk, too! I bought a little hand steamer on Amazon the summer before last and it has been so helpful. It was called the PureSteam Portable Fabric Steamer.
    Now I just take a weekend afternoon every month or two to run a load of all of my silk and linen pieces in the washer on delicate/cold with a tiny bit of Trader Joe’s liquid clothes detergent (a Bosch machine with no agitator – when we had a washing machine with an agitator, I hand-washed anything delicate in the bathroom sink).
    Then I lay everything flat to dry across the linen duvet in the bedroom. Once it’s aired out, I grab a few wooden hangers and hang each piece over the bedroom doorknob, steaming them one by one while listening to a podcast or catching up on a Netflix series. It takes a couple minutes per piece, but I like that it gives me a chance to notice any little problems that need to be fixed – spots, broken hems, a missing button, or loose threads.
    For really thick silk like Cuyana’s tees and dresses, I skip the steamer and just pull the hems taut and smooth out wrinkles by hand while everything’s still a bit wet, then hang to dry. Be careful with the “huggable” velvet hangers – a friend mentioned that the colored ones will discolor lighter tops if you hang them while they’re still wet.
    If you’re in a hurry to dry something, you can also smooth it out flat over a bath towel and roll it up a few times like a sushi roll to help grab some of the moisture out of the fabric. I usually take that route if I’m traveling and need to have something 100% dry by morning.
    And I just realized… I’ve yet to actually wash that Elizabeth Suzann tank, even though I’ve worn it to a few concerts, dinners, and holiday get togethers! I can usually wear a silk top 10-15 times before it needs a good wash – I think it’s because the fabric is so breathable, and because I try to let anything air out and rest a couple days before re-wearing.

  3. Amanda Venner

    I just wanted to let you know that I machine wash all my Elizabeth Suzann silk (on a gentle cycle, but still). It’s very heavy-weight silk, and I’ve owned pieces for 3 years that I wear regularly and are still looking great. πŸ™‚

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