When it comes to designing the perfect shoe for your wedding day there are so many factors to take into consideration. Not only do you want your shoes to be as special as your dress, but they have to be comfortable, suitable for your venue or theme and they need to work with your wedding gown.
With this in mind, welcome to the first in a series of Upper Street Masterclass posts. February is the month of love with Valentine’s Day and this year, the possibility of a leap year proposal, so what better time to kick off with our “How To…” guide to designing the perfect wedding shoes.
Start With A Plan
Plan your look in advance and think about your outfit and the design of your dress. At Upper Street you can order swatches to ensure the perfect match or tonal shade of your choice. What sort of design would sit well with your dress? If your dress is not full length then you have free reign when it comes to the choice of embellishment for your shoes. However, long flowing hemlines, chiffon or tulle may catch on diamante, flowers or bows so be sure to design accordingly.
The Comfort Factor
Think about your everyday shoes – which styles do you feel the most comfortable in and which ones can you wear all day without your feet hurting? If a shoe style annoys you or irritates your feet, this is not the one for your big day. Consider your ceremony and order of events – a great wedding shoe is one you can walk down the aisle in and also dance the night away in later on. Upper Street offers 8 different shoe styles with heel heights ranging from a ballet flat to a 4.5″ platform.
Tartan round toe courts
Weather And Location
Not only will you need to consider your location as a variable when designing your shoes; don’t forget to give some thought to the one thing we sadly can’t guarantee…the weather. Is white satin a practical option for a winter wedding in Scotland? Think outside the (shoe) box and consider matching your shoe to something more in keeping with the venue. Upper Street can source other materials for you – opting for tartan would be perfect for a rural Scottish setting.
It’s More Than The Dress
Many brides decide to match their shoes to the dress but what about choosing something that reflects more of your personality? Try matching your shoes to your bouquet. That way, when the big day is over and the honeymoon is a distant memory, you’ll be able to wear your wedding shoes again and indulge in the happy memories rather than leave them languishing at the back of the wardrobe.
Being able to design your bridal shoes at Upper Street means there are no limits – tear up the rule book and be as individual as you like. We also can offer special orders such as inscribing your shoes and adding a blue lining. What better way to help make your wedding day the most amazing day of your life?
For more bridal inspiration view our bridal gallery to see more colours, design and embellishment options and then create your own personal design in Upper Street’s 3D Shoe Designer. You can also order satin swatches for that all important perfect match through the Shoe Designer.
Upper Street shoes come in a huge range of sizes from the petite 33 (UK 1.5) to the generous 43 (UK 10) with 4 width fittings. We also offer free alterations to fit and we’re so confident that you’ll love your final design that we’ll refund you if you don’t!
To book an appointment in our London Studio, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0845 680 9365.
If you can’t make it the studio but still want to see our full range of luxurious materials, visit our Upper Street Swatch Store.Whether you’d like to experience the richness of our suedes, feel the silken quality of our sumptuous Italian satins or visualise our glossy patents as a shoe, you can order as many swatches as you want!