​Thierry Rabotin Guendalina

Mar 5th 2019

A ballet flat inspired by the spirit of modern French refinement.

The French-girl look is regarded as the epitome of style. Defined by ineffable elegance and femininity, the aesthetic is driven by tasteful color combinations, sharp tailoring, and time-honored garment shapes that underscore a woman’s self-confidence. France and Italy have carried on a symbiotic relationship throughout fashion history, influencing one another in terms of styling cues, trends, and manufacturing processes. Thierry Rabotin pays homage to French fashion’s coveted “je ne sais quoi” essence and the cultural exchange between the two countries in a universal silhouette, the ballet flat.

Unveiled for the Spring/Summer 2019 season is the Guendalina. This flat offers the Rome-based brand’s signature comfort sensibilities in an understated design that’s signature to the French woman’s dress code. Employing taffetas leather in black or beige with a subtle sheen, the seamless one-piece upper features a single elastic strap across the forefoot and tonal stitching reinforcing the throat. The round toe leaves room to spare, protecting a sensitive area of the foot from common aches and pains. A pancake heel, cushioned arch support, and flexible sole make this shoe a viable option for daily wear.


Being an essential option for traveling, our favorite way to wear the Guendalina is on vacation. The shoe rivals many other flats on the market due to its elimination of seams and superior materials. This means that you can enjoy an uninterrupted day of walking and exploring in a new locale without having to switch up your footwear. The supple construction and streamlined shape fits perfectly into your carry-on luggage for an impromptu weekend trip or staycation. Pack basic items and some standout pieces that mix and match well, but leave plenty of room in your suitcase for one-of-a-kind finds. Elevate a pair of leggings and an oversized sweater with the black pair for a day of shopping. Accessorize with dangling earrings and an enchained shoulder bag tied with a silk scarf. The beige option complements a sharp-shouldered blazer, cropped ponte knit bottoms, and a white button-down shirt for a wine date. Red lipstick and cat-eye sunglasses highlight the ensemble with a decidedly It-girl appeal. Go the lighthearted route with white denim and a striped boat-neck shirt. An on-trend basket bag finalizes the breezy look for an afternoon of museum hopping. Whatever your destination, add Guendalina to the flight plan and inject Parisian flare into your style selection.

Thierry Rabotin’s Guendalina ballet flat fits right into your collection of love-forever designer shoes. A Hanig’s Footwear exclusive, find it and the rest of our Thierry Rabotin selection at either one of our Chicagoland stores. We’re conveniently located in downtown Chicago at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Delaware Place and at the Plaza del Lago shopping center in Wilmette just outside of the city. Explore our entire range of flats, sandals, and boots online at Purchase $99.90 or more to receive free UPS ground shipping with your order.