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Your Look & Fit Guide for Birdies’ Shoe Silhouettes

Are you more of a Starling or a Heron? All of our styles come in a variety of fabrics and colors, but there are subtle differences that set them apart. See how our classic silhouettes stack up in terms of look and fit—and decide which one suits you best.

black Starling women’s flat

The Starling

The Look:
An elevated interpretation of the classic smoking slipper, The Starling is the stylish flat that you’ll live in all day, every day. Offered in a variety of materials, colors, and textures—including velvet, suede, and calf hair—this casual style with a rounded toe and classic, loafer-style upper fits true to size and looks great with jeans, trousers, lounge pants, and joggers. 

The Fit:
The Starling is known for having a universal fit that works well on all feet. It should feel snug but not uncomfortable—no pinching in the heel or biting on the toes. The shoe is designed to mold to your feet and give you that custom-fit feeling. It’s better to buy the size that feels a little snug rather than a little loose because it will open up after a few hours or the first day of wear.

black Heron women’s flat

The Heron

The Look:
Inspired by the shoes worn for generations by Venetian gondoliers, The Heron is our twist on the classic smoking slipper, skillfully crafted in a variety of rich fabrics and colors that never go out of style. Currently offered in timeless colors of velvet and suede, this sophisticated silhouette—with a pointed almond toe and v-shaped upper that have a leg-elongating effect—looks great with skirts and dresses. 

The Fit: 
The Heron, which also fits true to size, is slightly narrower than The Starling and is especially great for people with a narrower heel or anyone with a narrower foot in general. It’s a great alternative if The Starling feels a little too roomy. Like The Starling, The Heron should feel snug but not uncomfortable—no pinching in the heel or biting on the toes. The shoe is designed to mold to your feet and give you that custom-fit feeling. It’s better to buy the size that feels a little snug rather than a little loose because it will open up after a few hours or the first day of wear. 

black Phoebe women’s slide

The Phoebe

The Look:
The Phoebe is the same shape as our Starling silhouette, translated into a slide. It’s finely crafted in rich fabrics with elevated details and is perfect for lounging at home. The insoles feature either our signature quilted lining or our plush faux fur and work just as well as slippers when you’re home as they do as comfortable slides when you’re out and about. 

The Fit: 
Our original slide silhouette is comfortable and easy to wear. It features the same 7 layers of cushioning and indoor-outdoor rubber sole as our flats. It fits true to size, but because it’s a slide, it’s also a good option if you’re in between shoe sizes. Plus, it’s a great gifting option when you don’t know someone’s exact size since the slide design allows for some wiggle room in terms of fit. Generally, going a half size up or down should work. 

black Blackbird women’s flat

The Blackbird

The Look:
A perennial fan favorite, The Blackbird flat is one of our original silhouettes. It’s currently offered in two upscale fabrics—suede and calf hair—and features our signature quilted lining and 7 layers of cushioning. The pointed almond toe and narrower upper easily dress up a pair of jeans or pants, making The Blackbird a go-to shoe for work. 

The Fit: 
The Blackbird fits true to size, but with the pointed toe and narrower upper (as opposed to The Starling), it works especially well for narrower feet. It’s great if you want the snug fit of The Starling and The Heron but are looking for a little less coverage on the top part of the foot. The narrower upper is also great for people with a high arch. 

black Swan women’s slide

The Swan

The Look:
Our newest silhouette is a sleek and feminine pointed-toe slide that transitions perfectly from day to night. It’s currently offered in upscale fabrics—including tumbled leather, suede, and calf hair—and features our signature quilted lining and 7 layers of cushioning. The Swan adds effortless chic to any outfit and looks especially great with skirts and dresses. Plus, the pointed toe has a leg-elongating effect. 

The Fit: 
The Swan features the same 7 layers of cushioning and indoor-outdoor rubber sole as our flats and our Phoebe slides. Unlike The Phoebe, The Swan is a slightly narrower fit because of the pointed toe. Generally, it fits true to size, but because of the pointed toe, you may have to go up half a size so that this slide stays on your foot. 

We hope that you found this post helpful in identifying all the differences between our collection of flats and slides. If you have additional questions about how Birdies fit, check out our FAQs or reach out to us at help@birdies.com

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