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City Chic Update: Chanel Ballerina Flats

When they arrived at the Concierge, the Chanel ballerina flats were in decent condition. The only thing missing? One of the toe-caps was without its dainty silver bow. We turned the footwear over to our stitching team, who studied the remaining bow before crafting a new one. 

After pouring over rolls of metallic leather, the seamstress found the perfect swatch that matched the original. She snipped off a bit in the shape of rectangle, and flattened the leather with a mallet. Next, she folded the skin and sewed it into a narrow thread. Determining the middle of the leather strip, the seamstress then stitched it to the top edge of the shoe, right above the iconic double-C logo. She teased the bow back and forth delicately so the new loops mirrored the knot of the original.

To protect the ladylike flats for the long haul, the cobblers then replaced the original leather bottoms with full rubber outsoles. Because the entire exterior surface of the shoe is exposed to the elements and the ground, the cobblers generally recommend full rubber instead of leather for women’s flats.

After the shoes were returned, we heard from owner Valerie, who contacted us on Facebook: "Perfect repair after used [the shoes were used] as a teething toy by my puppy." We want to hear from you. Check out some in-action shots of these Chanel shoes on our Instagram, or visit Snapchat for all of our behind-the-scenes exclusives.

Dana Karlson is a seasoned digital editor. In 2014 she launched Footwear News’ web site, and prior to that she covered fashion and lifestyle for Glamour.com and British Sky Broadcasting in London. She has worked with top designers including Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, Erdem Moralioglu and Mary Katrantzou, interviewed leading celebrities from Kate Winslet to Mark Wahlberg and reported on Oscars’ fashion for BBC.