Scottish bride, Lianne, wanted a wedding shoe that reflected her Scottish heritge and the location of her wedding, just outside Braemar, in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. So she sourced a Royal Stewart tartan and Upper Street made her a truly unique wedding shoe. Here’s Lianne’s story of designing her tartan wedding shoes.
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m Scottish (from Edinburgh) but have lived in London for the past 12 years. My husband and I live in Stoke Newington where we like to hang out at the weekend. I have a pretty busy job, as a partner in a law firm in the City. We like to travel a lot and catch up as much as we can with friends and family who are increasingly spread all over the place!
How would you describe your personal style?
Out of work, I have a fairly casual style – skinny jeans and tea dresses, usually with ballet flats rather than heels which I tend to save for work or nights out. Flats or boots are much more practical for day to day in London. I love J Brand for jeans and Whistles and my-wardrobe.com for everything else.
What’s your relationship with shoes?
I do love shoes – they’re the one part of an outfit that will always cheer me up. I am not sure how many pairs I have – too many probably! I store them in a rack in my bedroom or in their bags if they’re exceptionally nice. My most successful ever shoe purchase (before my wedding shoes of course) was a pair of Stella McCartney heels – I have never had so many compliments on any item of clothing or footwear!
What was the design inspiration for your Upper Street shoes?
My Upper Street shoes were created for my wedding. I didn’t want to get cream shoes I would never wear again – I wanted to design something fun, yet classic at the same time. My husband and I got married just outside Braemar, in the beautiful Scottish Highlands so, for my shoes, I chose Royal Stewart tartan which I sourced from a mill in Scotland. The Upper Street team were kind enough to test out the material for me to ensure that it would work for the shoes and it did! We tied in the Royal Stewart theme by using the same tartan for other touches throughout the day – e.g. the boys’ umbrellas and the flowers.
What did you think when you opened your parcel from Upper Street?
I was delighted when the shoes arrived from Upper Street (doubly so as I had ordered both heels and flats in the same material with a view to dancing later in the evening!) The packaging was beautiful which is nothing less than I would have expected from the Upper Street team who have such great attention to detail. The customer service was second to none – I could not have asked for more.
What did your friends have to say about your shoes?
My friends and family loved the tartan shoes once they glimpsed them under my wedding dress!
So will we be seeing you at Upper Street again soon?
I very much hope to see you very soon at Upper Street. Thank you again to all of the team for such a wonderful experience!
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. As well as uing your choice of material, we 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. View our full range of colours and materials and 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!