Chanel Slingbacks Review: The New Classic ft. Sizing Tips & Prices

On March 10th 2015, an unexpected force was launched into the fashion world: the revamped Chanel slingbacks.

Chanel slingbacks review

Either in leather or suede, every model during the 97-look long Fall/Winter 2016 show had one thing in common; their two tone Chanel slingbacks.

A simple beige body with a black capped toe, they were on every single model’s feet.

The slingbacks enhanced the romance of the show’s ode to the warm French brasserie. You could instantly imagine yourself prancing around Paris in 1957 — also the year the first pair of two-tone slingbacks were created by Gabrielle Chanel.

Chanel 1950's slingbacks

When the photos from the 2015 show loaded on my screen, I knew these shoes were soon going to be everywhere.

… so, I did what any reasonable Chanel obsessed person would do — I bought them.

Chanel Slingbacks Sizing

For reference and comparison I also take…
-Adidas Stan Smiths, US 8
Chanel Shoes, FR 39
Christian Louboutin, IT/EU 39.5
Golden Goose, IT/EU 39
Hermès, FR 39
Isabel Marant, FR 39-40
-Nikes, US 8.5
Repetto, FR 39.5-40

Chanel slingbacks run true to Chanel size. They don’t run big or small.

Chanel slingback sizing

All 6 pairs of my Chanel ballet flats have been a 39 and my slingbacks are also a 39.

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The Best Part About Chanel Slingbacks

Chanel slingbacks are an updated take on Gabriel Chanel’s two-tone slingback of the 1950’s, but the best part of Karl Lagerfeld’s interpreted version?

The chunky 2.5” heel.

I love my Chanel ballet flats, but sometimes I want more… and that little heel delivers it.

Sure, the elasticated slingback is fun! The subtle CC on the edge of the heel makes them delightfully understated. The supple beige goatskin just beckons your feet and lengthens your leg… but that extra 2.5 inches…

That extra bit of heel makes them just perfect — it’s not too high and not too low. Just enough to make you stand out.

The beige combined with the mid-heel elongates your legs and gives you that extra boost of confidence to stroll into any “it-café.”

Chanel Slingbacks Price

As of 2024, Chanel slingbacks are $1,050 USD for the lambskin version and go up in price depending on the material.

In 2022, they cost $1,000 USD.
In 2019, Chanel slingbacks cost $925 USD.
… and in early 2017, they started at $700 USD.

Chanel’s price hikes are real, so if you’ve been thinking about them, it’s better to buy them sooner rather than later.

Chanel slingback prices vary with different materials.

The classic lambskin slingbacks are $1,050 USD, while seasonal materials, like tweed, are more expensive at $1,125 USD.

Sometimes folks list their slingbacks on Vestiaire Collective or the Real Real.

You can generally find them on either retailer (the Real Real has a great selection) for less than retail — just make sure that you’re totally comfortable that they’re authentic first.

They’re expensive shoes, but in the past few years, when Balenciaga’s knife boots or Le Spec’s Lolita sunglasses have come and gone, Chanel slingbacks have proven to last.

Chanel Leather Slingbacks on top of a stack of books

Similar, but different…

While I’m unsure how the quality is, these slingbacks look super similar…

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Chanel Slingbacks Quality

Usually my biggest tip for extending the life of expensive shoes is to bring them to a cobbler and add an extra sole.

Chanel slingbacks have a leather sole, which aren’t the best if you’re planning to wear them every day.

Getting a cobbler you trust to add a rubber one will make them last longer.

Chanel slingbacks' leather sole

As you can see, I haven’t added a sole to mine. I wear them fairly regularly, but unlike my Chanel ballet flats, I’m not nervous about wearing these slingbacks out.

… although, I do get nervous of wearing out the little elastic that makes them stay on your foot.

But in the last four years that hasn’t happened, so that could be an unfounded fear.

showing the elasticity of the elastic on Chanel slingbacks

Chanel Slingbacks Outfits

… as seen on my Instagram.

Pros & Cons

Classic: I mean, these have been around since the 50’s! If that’s not a sign of a shoe that lasts, what is?
2.5” Heel: Not too high and not too low — perfect for the weekend and work.
Super soft goatskin: Don’t worry, it doesn’t scratch totally easily, just exercise normal shoe caution.

Not the Most Comfortable: I don’t wear my slingbacks that often and they still give me blisters… also that click-clacking noise sure gets old when you’re going down a long flight of stairs…

Close to 60 years after Coco Chanel created the first simple two-toned slingback, it’s finally time to say it…

Move over Chanel ballet flats, there’s a new classic Chanel shoe.

… and they’re here to stay.

Chanel slingbacks start at $1,050 USD, for details & availability visit your nearest Chanel boutique.

If you have any questions, feel free to follow me on Instagram and send me a DM.

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4 responses to “Chanel Slingbacks Review: The New Classic ft. Sizing Tips & Prices”

  1. Have you had any issues with the slingback slipping off? I’ve seen lots of reviews that say size down…but your measurements for shoes have always worked out well for me.

    • Nope! No issues with the slingback slipping off…

      I think that you want them right at a sweet spot of being a pinch small, but not too small, because otherwise your heel will spill off the back.

      You could always stuff the toe with tissue to make them “just right” though. However, my true Chanel size (like my ballet flat size) worked out just fine with the slingbacks!