J.Crew finally decided to send an email announcing the re-introduction of their Cece Leather Ballet Flats (item 64408; $125.00), as well as the Cece Suede Ballet Flats (item 46198, $125.00), today.
I saw a few pairs at my local store and immediately ran over to them. I didn't have time to try them on, but something looked a little different about them. Nothing major, but slightly different.
A fellow JCA reported that the Cece's are no longer made in Italy. The following is a comparison of their old and new descriptions and sure enough, she was right!
New: We resurrected one of our most popular ballet flats from the J.Crew archives—and for good reason. With a cushioned insole for maximum comfort, a rubber sole for maximum flexibility and an elasticized topline so they hug your feet just so, they feel as good as they look. Suede upper. Elasticized topline. Cushioned insole, slight interior wedge. Rubber sole. Import.I am still thrilled to see that the Cece's have returned at J.Crew. Although I am sad to hear they are no longer made in Italy.
Old: Beautifully styled in sumptuous suede (from Italy, of course). Our designers deliberated over every detail to ensure our ballets are the most comfortable you'll ever wear, adding more padding, removing the shank and finishing them with an arch-hugging wedge. We think they've nailed it. Elasticized topline. Cushioned insole.Italian suede upper. Made in Italy.
I do hope the quality is the same as their older counterparts and look forward to having them stay around!
Have you purchased (or tried on) the newest version of the Cece flats? Do you find the new Cece's to be the same as its predecessors? If so, please share! :)