Shoe Colours and Shoe Sizes


Shoe Colours

While FLY LONDON and particularly Amazon seem to apply some strange color definitions when they name a shoe color, we at MY FLY LONDON first analyse the colour composition of the shoe before we name the shoe color.

This is the reason why you may often find when you click through to FLY LONDON or Amazon that the colour name there is different to the colour name you found here on MY FLY LONDON. It is definitely the same shoe, only that we give it a more accurate colour name. Like, when you want to buy FLY LONDON Mol you want to buy FLY LONDON Mol, not Mel. Right? ;-)

Nonetheless, be aware that sometimes the actual colour of one and the same shoe line changes over time. As this can happen all the time we do not then adapt the colour name - we also do not swap the shoe photos then.

Colour Variations

You may sometimes experience that the colours of the shoe model you bought are slightly or even significantly different to the colours shown on images of the same shoe model. See for example these colour variations of the Yule Knee High Boots. They indeed all sell as Camel:

FLY LONDON colour variations - Yule Camel - Example 1 FLY LONDON colour variations - Yule Camel - Example 2 FLY LONDON colour variations - Yule Camel - Example 3

Or these ones both sell as Red Patent:

FLY LONDON colour variations - Yule Red Patent - Example 1 FLY LONDON colour variations - Yule Red Patent - Example 2

The colour variations of any shoes have a general reason, and for FLY LONDON they also have a particular reason:

  • The general reason for colour variations is that genuine leather is natural - and in nature skin and hence leather differ in shades and colouring. Therefore with natural material like genuine leather it is entirely normal to have colour variations, both across a single shoe and from one shoe to another!
  • Fortunato FredericoThe FLY LONDON particular reason for colour variations is that FLY LONDON are an incredibly successful brand of the KYAIA group of companies owned by the Portuguese Fortunato Frederico. The brand FLY LONDON is highly popular among cosmopolitans all over the world. As such, the company processes huge volumes of materials each month.

Although the company buys entire lots of the materials needed in any given week, natural materials like leather are simply not consistent over time. The composition of herds changes, and manufacturing and refinement processes change too.

Colour Change

In addition, the fashion brand FLY LONDON in particular is devoted to make frequent changes to colours, build, and style. FLY LONDON is very innovative indeed. With many of their shoe lines, no doubt FLY LONDON are two steps ahead of their followers...

So, as long as the colours of the shoes you bought suit you, you will appreciate variations in colouring as they are a sign of natural product quality, fashion, and innovation. In addition, these variations further help to stand out from the crowd. ;-)


What if you don't like the colour(s) you got?

That's yet another advantage when you buy your FLY LONDON shoes through MY FLY LONDON: We pass on to you the generous returns policy. So you have ample opportunity to consider and reconsider how well your new shoes fit your lifestyle.

At home, always try on your new shoes on a carpet or rug only and with all tags still attached, in order to leave the shoes unscathed. Then you should have no problem sending a pair of shoes back that you decide don't quite fit or don't quite fit your lifestyle (yet).

So, in case you are unsure you could even wait for your friends or relatives to arrive from Australia to tell you what they think of your new shoes. There's nothing else to wish for!

Size Variations

The Myth

Some shoppers claim that there's a general rule that FLY LONDON shoes are "always one size up so you should buy one size down".

This is not true. While many shoe models are indeed rather generous in size, there is no "general rule" that would apply. In fact, for one and the same shoe line some customers have experienced that they will better buy one size down while others have experienced that they will better buy one size up.

The Truth: Our feet vary

The truth is that, first of all our feet each are very different, an they vary even over time! Not only the length of our feet but also their width, and in particular the height and volume of our instep determine how we experience a specific shoe model.

The Truth: Manufacturing conditions vary

In addition, there are of course also size variations within one and the same shoe line due to its manufacturing. Even the ambient temperature during processing the shoes impacts the final size and shape a bit.

The Truth: Handmade varies

handmade FLY LONDON shoesNote that all FLY LONDON shoes are still being handmade to a large extent: see How FLY LONDON shoes are made, courtesy of MY FLY LONDON. To test acceptance, the initial batches of a new shoe line generally are 100% handmade.

Of course, handmade shoes generally vary more in size and shape than machine-made shoes. Now you know why seemingly more customers of FLY LONDON shoes argue about size variations than customers of some other shoe brands: Most other shoe brands are machine-made, but FLY LONDON shoes are handmade to a large extent.

The resulting greater size variations are no problem at all if you buy your FLY LONDON shoes through MY FLY LONDON from Amazon: You can send shoes back to Amazon for free within their offered timeframe. See Why Amazon?

Be aware that even shoes manufactured on machines often vary by up to one size (half up, half down). Hence you will appreciate that for handmade shoes it's not rare that they may vary by up to two sizes (one up, one down).

The Truth: Work Ethos varies

Speaking of this, of the FLY LONDON shoes sold on the European continent - this includes the UK - none are made in China, as some misinformed website sources purport to "know". For the truth, please enjoy FLY LONDON Shoe Creation.

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