thewhiteribbon

Handmade Leather Ballet Flats, Bridal Ballerina Shoes

Berlin, Germany · 3151 Sales

thewhiteribbon

Handmade Leather Ballet Flats, Bridal Ballerina Shoes

Berlin, Germany 3151 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(979)
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Dori

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Announcement   ♥ If you feel like reading a bit more about my work and shoe-making, here is a great new interview from Bcurated: http://bcurated.com/featured-shop-white-ribbon/, enjoy reading!

♥ Many of our casual and bridal ballet flats are now available in stock and are ready to ship in 1-3 business days. Stock is very limited, please, let us know if you would like to reserve a pair. Once this stock is sold out, our ballet flats will be offered as 'made to order'. Our making time in this case will 3-4 weeks.

Please, do make sure to order well in advance, especially for bridal ballet flats. Thank you.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO CANADIAN CUSTOMERS: strike stopped, shipping is back to normal! 11th July, 2016.

♥ Dear all! Please, READ this announcement, it's important! ♥
MADE TO ORDER BALLET FLATS: due to high volume of orders, our making time is around 4-5 weeks at the moment. We cannot rush orders, so please, consider the waiting time when ordering. We will try our best to ship to you earlier than this date, but please, do calculate with up to 5 weeks making time. Thank you for your patience!
FOR URGENT ORDERS / READY TO SHIP BALLET FLATS: We try to keep a small stock in our shop for urgent orders. If you have an event coming up in the near future and shoes are urgent please, do WRITE to us, we will tell you what we have in stock (even if your pair is listed as made to order). We usually have most common sizes in white and ivory bridal flats in stock, so do write to us if your pair is urgent!

If you are looking for a particular color, please, write to us, we might have what you wish for.

For any questions, send us a convo, we'll be happy to help!

Thank you for supporting handmade ♥

Important Note on Custom Orders: we make most of the ballet flats per order, which takes 3-4 weeks. However, we also keep most common sizes and colours in stock, so in case you would like to have a pair shipped urgently, please, let us know, as we usually have a solution. shipping to Europe takes 2-3 days, to US 5-8 working days, elsewhere 5-15 working days. thank you ♥

✒ for special offers and new designs, please, check our website www.thewhiteribbon.com

✒ our white gold ballet flats made a small appearance in British Vogue!!!* you can view the digital version here:

http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/10/04/november-vogue-on-the-ipad

✒ for blog, magazine features and wholesale inquiries, please contact us at: info [!at] thewhiteribbon.com

✒ you can contact us in the following languages: english, russian, italian, german, french and hungarian.

℘ Sizing

we make our ballet flats on the classic French sizing system. this also means our ballet flats are made slightly smaller than other standard European sizing. if you are in between sizes, we always suggest choosing the larger, as we work with soft leathers, please, do not worry if the ballet flats are tight at first, they will shape to your feet. as long as they are long enough (having around 0.5 cm space in the front of the shoes), they will shape around your feet in width as well.

Size comparisons:

Eu 35 / Us 5, Eu 36 / Us 5.5, Eu 37 / Us 6, Eu 38 / Us 7, Eu 39 / Us 8, Eu 40 / Us 9, Eu 41 / Us 9.5, Eu 42 / Us 10, Eu 43 / Us 10.5

℘ Custom orders

We do take custom orders.

℘ Shipping

Items ship from Berlin with Deutsche Post, recorded delivery, 5-15 working days outside of the EU.

www.thewhiteribbon.com
info [!at] thewhiteribbon.com

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 12, 2016

♥ If you feel like reading a bit more about my work and shoe-making, here is a great new interview from Bcurated: http://bcurated.com/featured-shop-white-ribbon/, enjoy reading!

♥ Many of our casual and bridal ballet flats are now available in stock and are ready to ship in 1-3 business days. Stock is very limited, please, let us know if you would like to reserve a pair. Once this stock is sold out, our ballet flats will be offered as 'made to order'. Our making time in this case will 3-4 weeks.

Please, do make sure to order well in advance, especially for bridal ballet flats. Thank you.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO CANADIAN CUSTOMERS: strike stopped, shipping is back to normal! 11th July, 2016.

♥ Dear all! Please, READ this announcement, it's important! ♥
MADE TO ORDER BALLET FLATS: due to high volume of orders, our making time is around 4-5 weeks at the moment. We cannot rush orders, so please, consider the waiting time when ordering. We will try our best to ship to you earlier than this date, but please, do calculate with up to 5 weeks making time. Thank you for your patience!
FOR URGENT ORDERS / READY TO SHIP BALLET FLATS: We try to keep a small stock in our shop for urgent orders. If you have an event coming up in the near future and shoes are urgent please, do WRITE to us, we will tell you what we have in stock (even if your pair is listed as made to order). We usually have most common sizes in white and ivory bridal flats in stock, so do write to us if your pair is urgent!

If you are looking for a particular color, please, write to us, we might have what you wish for.

For any questions, send us a convo, we'll be happy to help!

Thank you for supporting handmade ♥

Important Note on Custom Orders: we make most of the ballet flats per order, which takes 3-4 weeks. However, we also keep most common sizes and colours in stock, so in case you would like to have a pair shipped urgently, please, let us know, as we usually have a solution. shipping to Europe takes 2-3 days, to US 5-8 working days, elsewhere 5-15 working days. thank you ♥

✒ for special offers and new designs, please, check our website www.thewhiteribbon.com

✒ our white gold ballet flats made a small appearance in British Vogue!!!* you can view the digital version here:

http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/10/04/november-vogue-on-the-ipad

✒ for blog, magazine features and wholesale inquiries, please contact us at: info [!at] thewhiteribbon.com

✒ you can contact us in the following languages: english, russian, italian, german, french and hungarian.

℘ Sizing

we make our ballet flats on the classic French sizing system. this also means our ballet flats are made slightly smaller than other standard European sizing. if you are in between sizes, we always suggest choosing the larger, as we work with soft leathers, please, do not worry if the ballet flats are tight at first, they will shape to your feet. as long as they are long enough (having around 0.5 cm space in the front of the shoes), they will shape around your feet in width as well.

Size comparisons:

Eu 35 / Us 5, Eu 36 / Us 5.5, Eu 37 / Us 6, Eu 38 / Us 7, Eu 39 / Us 8, Eu 40 / Us 9, Eu 41 / Us 9.5, Eu 42 / Us 10, Eu 43 / Us 10.5

℘ Custom orders

We do take custom orders.

℘ Shipping

Items ship from Berlin with Deutsche Post, recorded delivery, 5-15 working days outside of the EU.

www.thewhiteribbon.com
info [!at] thewhiteribbon.com

Dori

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Dori

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5 out of 5 stars
(979)
Ursule Urte Sutkute

Ursule Urte Sutkute on Jul 23, 2016

4 out of 5 stars

I've got to say that I instantly fell in love with these shoes and contacted the seller to ask about sizes (I've got a wide foot). Since they were meant for my wedding day I wanted shoes to be beautiful and comfortable. After discussion with the seller (me sending my foot measurements etc), I have ordered a pair. I was in excruciating pain whilst trying to stretch the shoes out on a daily basis for a good few weeks prior to the wedding, but ended up barefoot on my wedding day anyways. Quality and looks of it are superb, but I wish I was advised to go size up, or ordered something else..

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Updates

First pair of our new collection we finished last week! White Rose Ballerina Flats
Black Suede Ballet Flats from Spring/ Summer '16 Collection
First ballet flats of Spring/ Summer '16 Collection are in store! Inspired by Tschaikovsky's Swan Lake
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About

Traditional shoe-making with minimalist design

our story...

The story of thewhiteribbon began in 2008, when Dori travelled to Marrakech for an artisan's NGO project. By somewhat of a coincidence, she discovered the work of a uniquely talented artisan, who soon became her mentor. As an art&design student at the time, she decided to create a project based on traditional north african shoes. With the collaboration of the helpful shoemaker, the first collection was soon born. The inspiration was drawn from North African crafts, however created with a minimal design, resembling contemporary ballet flats.
As it was back then and till today, we keep the concept of working with traditional&sustainable methods, using wooden lasts and natural, raw fabrics.

A few years and a lot more experience on, today, all of our designs are entirely handmade by a small team of highly skilled artisans in two amazing corners of the world; Budapest and Marrakech. Our ballet flats and bags are entirely designed by Dori and are made in collaboration with our two main artisans; Malek and Pista Bacsi (uncle Steve in Hungarian). The current set-up means Dori travels a lot in the Budapest-Berlin-Marrakech triangle; designing, selecting fabrics, setting up the production phases as well as doing all the photography and a myriad of other things that are involved when having your own business…

our philosophy...

Coming from a country (Hungary, where shoemaking is only second to Italy..!) and where hand-crafting shoes and tailoring clothes were once respected occupations, we find it important to collaborate with those rare craftsmen and artisans who still represent the values of handmade. The art of handmade shoes in Hungary is disappearing (with the exception of the famous Budapester shoes), as most people choose to buy cheaper, factory made shoes, usually from Asia. We are aware handmade shoes are more costly, however we believe they are also of higher quality and worth an investment. Having a pair made for you is certainly a special treat.

We aim to align these traditional values with a conscious brand philosophy. We consider and plan every aspect of our project, from fabrics we use to all products being hand-made to making sure our artisans are fairly paid partners, working under fair working conditions. We all know each other personally and truly work as a team.

From an ecological and designing perspective our ballet flats and oxford shoes bare the specialty of overlapping upper layers design (similarly to many african and far-eastern traditional shoes). Due to the shoes' special design, we are able to use smaller fabrics and minimise our leather waste. Adding to this, we often re-use the leather waste from our shoe-making to create small pouches or we up-cycle tiny fabric pieces for jewelry.

We also use almost exclusively leathers that are 'left-overs or waste'. We work with a small family business (a lovely couple in Budapest) who travel seasonally to Italy to buy off over-produced or 'faulty' leather fabrics from the most famous fashion businesses. As a result, we are often working with fabrics from Prada, Chanel and the likes..!

currently...

Our novelties include the opening of our first ever concept store in March, 2015, in the heart of Berlin. Our new store also hosts the work of fellow local designers.

Reaching further, since last summer we have been also working with a Palestinian women's cooperative in East Jerusalem to create a small collection of tote bags and pillow cases, which are hand-embroidered. These creations are currently only sold in our Berlin store.

The very newest project is a collaboration with artisans in the Himalayan region of Nepal and India, where we are already working on a collection of truly unique and beautiful handmade blanket scarves. First collection will be available during the summer of 2015 in our online and physical store.

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Shop members
  • Dori

    Owner, Designer, Creator

  • Sebastian

    Customer Service, Curator

    Sebastian is a talented furniture maker and audio engineer who has been helping the project expanding in the past 2 years. He helps with almost all parts of our work, including design, development and customer service with our German customers.

Manufacturers
  • Pista Bacsi Shoemaker

    Budapest, Hungary

    Before meeting Pista Bacsi a few years ago, his main craft was custom horse riding boots. He has worked as a shoemaker for 40 years now. We met a few years ago and since than he dedicates all his time to thewhiteribbon.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 2, 2016
Welcome to the whiteribbon. We are pleased to have you here.

We design and make leather ballet flats. Most of our material is sourced in mainland Europe, most often in Italy from stocks of waste or cut-off leathers. therefore, most of our leather is up-cycled, about 80 per cent currently.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
Payment
We accept Paypal and card payments through Etsy's Dircet Check Out System.

All payments are due upon purchase.

All prices include VAT.
Shipping
Your item will be shipped from Berlin, Germany with Deutsche Post DHL.

To track your package please, use this link and click for English on the bottom right of the site:

https://www.deutschepost.de/sendung/simpleQuery.html

Delivery times:

For ready to ship items:

European Union: 2-5 working days.
Outside of European Union: 5-15 working days.

For made to order items:

3-4 weeks + the above shipping times.

All parcels are sent recorded and insured. You will receive a tracking number, which you can find in the invoice. Please, go to Purchases to see your tracking number.

Express shipping is available within Europe with DPD Germany. Please, write to us if you would like to have your item shipped with express.

Expedited shipping is not available to customers outside of Europe.
Refunds and Exchanges
Our aim is to describe any item as close to actuality as possible. If the visual or written description differs from the item you receive, please contact us, and we will exchange or refund your item.

IMPORTANT: refunds and exchanges are applicable to complaints filed within 14 days.

if you find a pair faulty or damaged, please do email or convo us before leaving a feedback, we are always open to offer a number of options.

REFUND or EXCHANGES

Refund: if you are for any reason not happy with your order, please, let us know and we will tell you how to return your pair to us. We will issue a refund upon receipt of the shoes.

Exchanges: we are happy to offer exchanges, as long as the exchangeable pair is returned in original/ pristine condition and within 14 days of receipt.

Please, do check our sizing chart before choosing your size. Our ballet flats are true to size, however might feel somewhat tight at first try. They do stretch to comfort once worn.

If there is a significant difference between the received pair and your size, we will offer an exchange. To ensure a smooth exchange process, please read the following:

All ballet flats must be returned in unused, like-new, undamaged condition. You can return them in any safe box (it does not have to be in their original box).

All ballet flats should be tried on a clean surface. For hygienic reasons shoes must be first tried on with thin socks or stockings and at home not to scratch the soles!

We cannot refund or exchange used or customer damaged products. Please, make sure the ballet flats are tried on at home on smooth surface first. All products will be inspected on return.

Return shipping will be the customer's responsibility. We will pay for shipping back to the customer in case of exchanges. We can only exchange a pair maximum once.

We are not responsible for lost items or damaged caused upon return delivery from customer to us.

Items must be returned with recorded delivery services to ensure security of returned parcels. Returned products MUST be shipped back within 14 days.

Limited edition and sale items: cannot be exchanged or refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
We are happy to help with sizing, please, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Sizes comparison and measurements of ballet flats:

eu 36. us 5.5 l: 23 cm/9.05" w: 7.5 cm/2.95" (widest point)

eu 37. us 6.5 l: 23.5 cm/9.25" w: 7.5 cm/2.95"

eu 38. us 7 l: 24 cm/9.44" w: 7.7 cm/3.03"

eu 39. us 8. l: 24.5 cm/9.6" w: 8 cm/3.14"

eu 40. us 9. l: 25.2 cm/9.92" w: 8.2 cm/3.22"

eu 41. us 9.5 l: 26 cm/10.23" w: 8.5 cm/3.34"

eu 42. us 10. l: 26.5 cm/10.4" w: 8.7 cm/3.42"

eu 43. us 10.5 l:27.24 cm/10.7" w: 9 cm/3.46"


We do take Custom Orders. We can work with nearly any model previously offered in the above sizes.

WHOLESALE: we do wholesale our products. for further information on prices and products line please, email us at:

info [!at] thewhiteribbon.com

Blogs, magazines: please, do email us if you would like to feature our items or use our photographs.

Photographs and design by Dori Hoffmann. All rights reserved.