In the last decade, so much has changed at
Yves Saint Laurent.
First, Hedi Slimane changed the name from Yves Saint Laurent to simply “Saint Laurent”
… then he left and Anthony Vaccarello came roaring in.
Vaccarello kept Hedi’s cool-gang party going, but brought even more sex appeal with him.
One thing that has stayed the same in the last decade at YSL/Saint Laurent?
Their Nu Pieds (or Tribute flat) sandals.
They aren’t like a total ingénue It-Girl item, but loving an everlasting & classic sandal, I bought a pair to investigate what makes them so evergreen…
Saint Laurent Nu Pieds Sandals SIZING
For comparison, my other shoe sizes run:
-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
Saint Laurent’s Nu Pieds or Tribute flat sandals run half a size small.
Like, for comparison, a 39.5 is half a size up from my Saint Laurent Kate heeled sandals.
The fit is so narrow because the toe box is at a hexagonal angle, so your toes are pushed to the top.
My feet reach the very end of the insole’s golden stitching, which means that the 39.5 is likely the perfect fit.
… well, that and I can walk in them perfectly.
YSL Tribute Sandal Dupes
Fakes are abound for every luxury designer shoe, and Saint Laurent’s Tribute flat sandals or Nu Pieds sandals are no exception.
Going for a dupe instead of second hand could be a better idea…
… then here’s what the bottom of an authentic pair’s sole looks like…
… and here’s a photo of the serial number inside the strap that corresponds to a number on the shoe box.
Are Saint Laurent Sandals Worth It?
Saint Laurent’s Nu Pieds slides are a classic comfortable sandal, with a modern angle.
The easy slide on shape — totally simple, totally 90’s, totally Hermès Oran-esque (which were created in 1997).
Add in Stefano Pilati’s late-aughts YSL Tribute knot that we all fell head over heels for (and not only because those YSL Tribute Platform sandals are 4-5” skyscrapers), and there is Saint Laurent’s Nu Pieds (or Tribute flat sandal)…
A simple sandal with a modern angle that rivals Hermès’ Oran.
Were You Also Considering Hermès Oran sandals?
I’ve got you covered with a review of those!
… and here’s a video to show you the aesthetic differences, side by side.
PROS & CONS
–Classic: If I had to make a definitive list of the top 10 classic shoes, these would be on it.
–Simple: I mean, Saint Laurent Nu Pieds are a super simple sandal and simplicity is the workhorse for any outfit.
–Well-made: No inconsistent quality on either side… just good old fashioned no-glue quality!
–Runs a half size big: It’s not a big deal, just annoying that the sizing isn’t more consistent with Saint Laurent shoe sizing.
Some retailers call these Saint Laurent sandals “Nu Pieds sandals,” while others call them “Tribute mules sandals.”
… but a name is just a name, because no matter what you call these Saint Laurent sandals, they’ll always be a classic.
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