I’ve wanted a pair of B.A.I.T shoes for about a year now. A lot of their designs aren’t much my style, as I typically find my love for the vintage aesthetic doesn’t tend towards the shoes as much as it does the clothes, but I do like their Ida’s and have especially been eyeing up their new mustard yellow colourway recently.
I’ve heard lots of confused talk about which styles run small, which don’t, et cetera, and that’s always worried me in and of itself, let alone factoring in the fact that I’ve never been able to figure out for certain what my US shoe size is. I’m a UK 7, but I’ve found every conversion size chart I check has me flip-flopping (ba dum cha!) as to whether I’m a US 9 or 10. I’ve tried to figure it out by also cross-referencing the European sizing but half of my UK 7s say 41 and the rest 40, so that only made things more confusing. All of this just came together to convince me that until I could find a UK stockist I would have to give up on B.A.I.T or else risk a costly returns process to the US.
However, then B.A.I.T released their Loraine heels this spring. Available in mustard yellow, classic red, and rich grass green, they chose 3 of my very favourite colours widely represented in my wardrobe. I found myself scouring the internet to find the best place to order them, intensifying my research to figure out if I would definitely need a 10. I dug out the two pairs of heels I’ve ordered from America before, one which fit perfectly and the other felt a little big, and decided the 10 was the best bet. A peep-toe sandal with an ankle strap that’s a little big is better too me than a shoe that’s too small for comfort, so I was willing to risk it in this style more so than a closed-toe pump like the Ida.
Shoes: Green Loraine heels by B.A.I.T
Skirt: Erina dress by Collectif
The verdict? They’re a perfect fit. They’re 40s inspired, so the very small peeptoe and the butterfly front of the sandal offer almost closed-toe coverage, which I like in my summer sandals being that I live in often-chilly England. They’re not too narrow and feel comfortable on, especially since the heel isn’t too high at only 4 inches with a 1/2 inch front platform. I love the exact shade of green, kind of like cut grass, kind of like green olives but punched up about 5 times in brightness. It’s a shade that feels very ‘true vintage’ to me and can be hard to find from modern brands, which is why I opted for the green colourway rather than the mustard (I already have 2 pairs of mustard shoes) or red (I already have approximately a bagillion red shoes.)
In terms of stockists, I found several websites that were offering these heels but none in the UK. The best option for me was to get them from Trashy Diva. They offer free shipping on International orders over $200, with their standard international shipping costing a flat rate $39 otherwise. I was already ordering a dress for $163, so it was one of those situations where it made more sense to spend the money on a product to get the free shipping than to spend a lot on the shipping cost alone. Trashy Diva ship by UPS, who require customs payment upon delivery, compared to Royal Mail’s procedure of requiring payment before delivery and Fedex’s procedure of asking for payment after delivery. So if you’re an international customer like me, make sure to have money on you on the day of your scheduled delivery. To give you an idea of customs, my order of both the dress and the shoes, totaling $228, required a customs payment of just under $33. I don’t think UPS add a handling fee like Royal Mail (£8 on every parcel) or Fedex (£12 per parcel) do to the parcels that require a customs payment, but if they do it’s a lot less than the former companies do.
The Loraine heels cost $75 and B.A.I.T do ship internationally themselves if you want to buy directly from them. They also have a store in LA, for those local or visiting the area. Judging by the adorable packaging of their shoe boxes and even how lovely the design details on the inner sole of their shoes are, I bet their store is a thing to behold.
Do you own any B.A.I.T shoes? Do you have a similar experience of choosing the right size for you?
I just recently got the Loraine heels in Red and the most horrible time trying to break them in. The took skin off my toes. How did you break them in or do you have any tips on breaking in new shoes?
I wanted a pink pair of b.a.i.t shoes but alas im a small uk 3 & they don’t make them small enough 😦 so I just have to drool what I can’t have
I think their shoes are cute but many of their styles do not appeal to me. I won a pair from a blog giveaway and I was able to visit their shop (to choose my prize–I went with the black Idas) in Long Beach, CA and thought it is adorable! The lady who helped me is really sweet, too. Here are a few pics from my visit, including my husband’s shocked face at all the pretty pastel shoes lol: https://www.instagram.com/p/-IXPN6Sqej/
Yay, this green is absolutely perfect! I’m so curious about which Trashy Diva dress you bought. I have several pairs of BAITs, and I’ve found that you do need to size up in the Iones, but not in some of the other styles I have. My favorite pair are sparkly and red, but I suppose you’ve already got those bases quite well covered ;).
I have 4 pairs now and I decided on the 10 as I am more of a 7.5/8 here in uk.it was a gamble but it paid off
Great fit although one pair is a little tight . I ordered direct for 3 and got my last pair on a swap & sell page.
I was pretty fortunate and was able to buy my BAITs (I have the Remy in black & white) from Kitten D’Amour in store, so I got to try them on. Glad they do half sizes too – my feet are small, but oh so wide!
I bought some at the Christmas Sale last year and struggles with sizing, I bought them direct and the shipping cost me a fortune! Mine are a bit bit but I can deal with it because of the strap, I wish there was a UK Stockest already!
I have two pairs of Idas, and although they are both 9s the ones in the patent leather feel at least a half size smaller..
BAIT can be tricky but I’ve worked out what suits me – if I am ordering a shoe without straps, my usual size of US 9 is too big in a pair of BAITS so I size down and make a US 8.5 work even though they’re a bit snug. An alternative for me there is just to stick to my size 9 and throw some little heel inserts in, which helps keep them from slipping off my foot. Otherwise, if the shoe has a strap, which I often lean toward anyway, my size 9 is perfect. It can be a bit lose but the strap helps tremendously!
I now own about 7 or 8 pairs of BAITs, and I’ve found that, as a European size 40-41 wearer (Aussie 9.5-10), I generally wear a size 10 in BAITs. I just wish they did a half size between sizes 9 and 10 like they do for the smaller sizes!