London Sole, the owner of the shoe brand French Sole, has bought the Bennetts department store Bennetts in Derby, which had been declared insolvent in February. French Sole specializes in the retailing of ballet flats and holds trademarks in every country in the world except the U.S. French Sole has stores in London, Vancouver, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul and Beijing. London Sole is part of a group of companies owned by Charles James Associates.