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Apr 11

Filling the Duchess of Cambridge’s Shoes: We Follow in Kate Middleton’s Footsteps around New Zealand & Australia

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The first steps taken were in RED. Encountering the world’s press for the first time as they embarked on their Royal tour around New Zealand and Australia, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had us all hooked from the moment they stepped off the plane on Monday. We couldn’t help but be inspired by Kate’s elegant wardrobe and, as avid shoe designers on the hunt for new ideas, we’re designing a luxurious pair of Royal shoes with every step the Duchess of Cambridge makes on the tour. Design a pair of staple Kate suede court shoes – featured here in burgundy, cobalt blue and black, or take inspiration from her stylish wardrobe and design a Royal pair unique to you.

Day One: Military Lady

A striking classic to open the tour with, we loved how the lower part of Kate Middleton’s Catherine Walker coat billowed out skirt-like beneath a fitted, military jacket on day one, creating the perfect synergy between masculine and feminine, smart and elegant. Coupled with the classic Kate round toe court shoe in burgundy suede, the look was Royal, elegant and dynamic. We’ve created a classic brown suede platform court shoe, as well as a red pair with a dash of gold designed in a classic pointed court with an elegant D’Orsay cut.

Day Four: Baby Blue

A cornflower blue Alexander McQueen coat made Kate’s next iconic ensemble an instant hit with the fashion press, with peplum pockets adding a feminine flourish to an otherwise structured look. We love Kate’s classic suede court shoes, worn before at the 2011 tour of North America and lovingly re-created here in cobalt blue. Timeless sapphire earrings – believed to have been worn by Princess Diana – finished the look. Shop the Classic Kate Blue Suede Court Shoe.

Day Four: Silver Finishes

That sparkling shoulder dress has been the talk of the tour so far, with beautiful customized embroidery (silver ferns calling out the national emblem of New Zealand) catching our attention at the State Dinner. Feeling inspired by the silver finishes on Kate’s classic black ensemble, we’ve created a pair of evening platform shoes made from luxurious black suede, finished off with a silver Swarovski jewel. Customize your suede pumps with the emblem, jewel or finish of your choice, or keep it simple in not so little black heels, perfect for any occasion.

Day Seven: Colour Queen (in aquamarine)

A striking aquamarine dress by Emilia Wickstead made Kate a 1920′s screen siren as she and the Duke of Cambridge arrived to a traditional Maori welcome at Dunedin airport. The New Zealand born designer (now London based) is a favourite of Kate’s and, exuding timeless elegance in this teal masterpiece with a beautiful pleated skirt and long sleeves, we can definitely see why. Taking after the Queen, Kate is becoming quite the diplomatic dresser – with bespoke ferns embroidered on a classic Jane Taylor hat. Classic Kate brown suede platform pumps finished the look. We’ve taken inspiration from the Colour Queen’s love of aquamarine and designed a platform court in metallic teal leather with a shimmering turquoise platform and heel.

Day Eleven: Beaming!

Making a show-stopping entrance into the Australia leg of the tour, Kate shone in the bright lights of the world’s press in one of Australia’s national colours, with a custom-made yellow Ryedale dress highlighted by blocks of white. Following in Kate’s light, bright footsteps, we’ve created a simple and elegant court with a flattering and lady-like D’Orsay cut. A luscious white snakeskin body with bright yellow highlights and gold-dipped heels is a subtle nod to summer’s neon trend, also in keeping with Kate’s smart, understated style aesthetic. Kate also wore yellow during the Canada tour (how could we forget that Marilyn moment?), a lovely Jenny Packman primrose shift dress that was quite literally as light as air! Customize Upper Street’s Royal Yellow Shoe >

What will Kate be wearing next? Keep following this Blog and Facebook for more style updates and shoe design inspirations from the tour…

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Image sources: Telegraph Instyle Popsugar ITV Daily Mail

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Oct 9

Meet Upper Street’s #ShoesDayTuesday winners

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Each Tuesday Upper Street celebrates shoes everywhere with #ShoesDayTuesday. You share your fabulous shoes with us on Twitter and Instagram, our judges pick their favourite shoe and the winner gets their own design shoes made for them.
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To inspire you and celebrate their success each week, we’ll update this blog with the winning shoe, so meet Upper Street’s #ShoesDayTuesday winners.

Tuesday 29th October

Our guest judge Hannah Eichler just couldn’t resist Josephine Allen’s spooky customised Halloween shoes. We loved Josephine’s creativity and hope that her Upper Street designed shoes will be as cool as these.


Tuesday 22nd October

This week LouLouLovesYou and her eye-catching bronze spiky heels definitely stood out and made her a winner. According to Lou, the shoes are uncomfortable as they look, but she is “happy to suffer in them!”

Tuesday 8th October

Whitty Lady: Nicole picked this winning entry sent from the Chicago Pump Rooms (nice connection!) – Nicole just couldn’t resist these glittery boots, made her feel all inspired for Halloween!

Whitty Lady's winning ShoesDayTuesday entry - black glittery boots

Tuesday 1st October

Emily Omara: This week’s guest judge is international fashion and celebrity stylist Nicole Smallwood, who straight away picked Emily’s shoe as our winning entry. Nicole said “winter florals are so on trend for A/W and using it on the shoes is a great way to work this”. According to her Twitter profile, Emily is a ‘fun loving girl who love fashion, dogs and anything glamourous’….. so we can’t wait to see what shoe she designs with Upper Street as her prize! Maybe she’ll order a custom made version of our new Kennedy boot and create something completely unique.

Emily Omara's winning #ShoeDayTuesday entry

Tuesday 24th September

Vintage Darling: It’s Jess Bridgeman from Handbag.com ‘s final week of judging, and here’s what she had to say about her favourite entry this week – ‘I can spot a vintage magpie when I see one and @Vintage_Darling’s yellow and black heels are a great way to bring the styles of yesteryear back up to date”. We can’t wait to see what fabulous shoes Vintage Darling will create with Upper Street!

Vintage Darling's yellow and black brogues

Tuesday 17th September

Gemma: Well we absolutely couldn’t resist this picture, and neither could Jess from Handbag.com. Not only are the shoes gorgeous, and the photograph beautifully taken. But there’s a lovely story behind them. These are Gemma’s anniversary shoes that have her name and a little heart with 2 wedding rings on them! We’re so pleased that Gemma’s gorgeous shoes was picked as this week’s winner, as she so very badly wanted to win, and is going to give the prize to her mum for her 50th birthday, which is just adorable. Congratulations Gemma.

Gemma Gwynne's winning ShoesDayTuesday entry - her anniversary shoes

Tuesday 10th September

Marta: Jess Bridgeman from Handbag.com picked these gorgeous shoes as the winner this week. “I’m a sucker for anything leopard print and I love the hint of retro glamour behind this peep-toe pair”. We agree, and of course leopard is a big trend this AW13 (isn’t it always!)

Marta McKrizzy's winning ShoesDayTuesday entry - leopard peep toe shoes

Tuesday 3rd September

Zsoska: This week we welcome Jess Bridgeman from Handbag.com as our September judge. She picked Zsoska as a clear winner, saying: “I love the studded sandals as a flash of chic summer style, while the snakeskin detail will look great with AW denims. Plus I loved her bright nail polish that perfectly co-ordinates with the shoes!”. Zsoska’s shoes are non other than a pair of gorgeous Upper Street gladiators

Tuesday 27th August

Fiona: Sadly it our last week with SLiNK magazine as judge and we couldn’t wait to see what shoe they would pick. Well the wait is over and Fiona is our lucky winner with her Mojo Moxy Dreamy sandals which she tweeted “I love them so much I have them in 2 colors!” Well SLiNK magazine agreed “I hugely admire any girl that can rock such a high heel and the colour is striking and bang on trend, quite frankly they’re just beautiful!”.

Tuesday 20th August

Letica: Letica tweeted us her stunning white studded flats from LuLu’s with the words “These are not your normal flats! They’re cute and sexy!” And when she found out she’d been shortlisted “OMG!! SO SO SO excited! Crossing fingers so tight they are turning blue! lol” Well she can uncross her fingers as Rivkie our judge loved her shoes, picking them as this week’s #ShoesDayTuesday winner. Congratulations!

Tuesday 13th August

Rose: This week’s winner, Rose, was an instant choice for Rivkie from SLiNK magazine who as soon as she saw the shoes said “I love them! (I want them)”. Congratulations Rose and we can’t wait to see which Upper Street shoes you design.

Tuesday 6th August

Becky:  Our judge Rivkie from SLiNK magazine admitted picking the final winner was really hard “I whittled it down to 2 and then couldn’t decide“. But after a lot of tea and deliberation she chose Becky’s fabulous shoes. It’s hard to believe they’re from the High Street, the colour and unsual leopard print with studs really made them stand out. Congratulations Becky!

Tuesday 30th July

Ellie: We’ve shortlisted Ellie’s shoes in previous weeks, as not only does she have beautiful shoes, but also because the photos of them are so well shot. And this week when we saw her images of shoes being worn by her shadow, we knew we had to shortlist them. And Lois from Bunnipunch agreed, picking them as her winner.

Tuesday 23rd July

The Shoe Twit: You know the expression “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride”? Well that’s how The Shoe Twit must have felt as she has been shortlisted numerous times before, but never won. Well that’s all changed. We loved the simple, but beautiful styling of these  bluey/green patent shoes, with the grass after the rain. The perfect shoe for a British summer.

Tuesday 16th July

Julie: Not ruby, but Emerald slippers for #ShoesDayTuesday from Julie. We love the colour and sparkle in her shoes, and that they really shone in Julie’s picture. They also *whisper* are from TK Maxx.

Tuesday 9th July

Mimi: These gorgeous boots by Michael Kors are not only a stylish and striking pair of boots, and in a colour you don’t normally see in boots, but were also beautifully styled by Mimi.

Tuesday 2nd July

Sam a.k.a. SamShoeDiva: This week’s #ShoesDayTuesday was voted for by you on Facebook and after a very close content Samn was crownded the People’s #ShoesDayTuesday winner. And this was here reaction: “I want to thank all my followers who helped me by voting for my pic today. Thank you so much for all your love and support

Tuesday 25th June

Kaz: This was a very tough week to win as we had so many fabulous shoes and it took Lucia, our judge from Marie Claire a long time to pick the winner. But in the end the creative styling and Kaz’s gorgeous Aztec floral wedges were declared the winner. Congratulations Kaz, we can’t wait to see your Upper Street shoe design.

Tuesday 18th June

Adela (Miss Pink) : We all have a crush on Valentino’s Rock Studs, but it wasn’t just a case of picking a designer pair of shoes. Both Lucia and Upper Street loved how Adela had styled her shoes and we couldn’t help but love that they were pink to match her name. Congratulations Adela!

Tuesday 11th June

Carol: Carol has entered #ShoesDayTuesday since the day we launched and has been shortlisted but never won. However when Upper Street and Lucia saw her customised trainers (with wings!) we had to make her the winner. And Carol modestly said when we congratulated her on her win,

“Thank you so much. I really can’t believe that my trainers won #ShoesDayTuesday.  After I had decorated them I thought they looked funny and decided to enter them.  I never imagined that they would win.”

Tuesday 4th June

Lucy-May: June saw a new judge join #ShoesDayTuesday with Lucia Debieux (@LuciaDebieux), Marie Claire’s Junior Fashion Editor taking over the judge’s chair. And what a hard choce you gave her and Upper Street! You can see the shoes that we shortlisted on Facebook and after a lot of deliberation Lucia chose Lucy May’s shoes, “The winner should be Lucy May with her faces heels. Love them!”

Tuesday 28th May

Becca: Another rainy #ShoesDayTuesday (for some of us) but even though the boots came back on, in Becca’s case they were very special boots. We loved the sparkle contast and as Fashion Foie Gras exclaimed “it has to be the glittery boots…. so super fab!”

Congratulations to Becca and thank you very much to Fashion Foie Gras for being our fantastic #ShoesDayTuesday judge for May.

Tuesday 21st May

Nancy: This week’s #ShoesDayTuesday was amazing – so many fabulous shoes and photographed so beautifully. It was hard just trying to pick the short list let alone, the winner. But having been an active participant in #ShoesDayTuesday almost from the beginning, we’re thrilled to announce Fashion Foie Gras has picked Nancy @nshark as the winner as both the shoes and the image created were ‘amazing’.

Congratulations to Nancy and well done to all our shortlist. Until next week.

Tuesday 14th May

Paula: The sun shone on #ShoesDayTuesday and we saw a fabulous collection of sandals (and pedicures) from you. After narrowing down all the entries to our shortlist of eight stunning shoes we then had the daunting task of picking just one as the winner. After a lot of debate Fashion Foie Gras picked Paula’s golden Greek sandals as the perfect holiday shoes for #ShoesDayTuesday.

Tuesday 7th May

@ShoeCloszet: Our first #ShoesDayTuesday of May saw top fashion blogger Emily from Fashion Foie Gras join us as our guest judge for the whole of May. And we’re thrilled to say your shoes didn’t disappoint! After a hard morning’s judge we’re delighted to announce that Emily picked @ShoeCloszet as the winner saying “It’s all about the blues in front of the fire for me! Fabulous!!!!” Congratulations and we look forward to seeing your shoe design.


Tuesday 30th April

Ashley Pelayo: This week’s #ShoesDay Tuesday winner wasn’t chosen by Glamour and Upper Street but by you. We uploaded an album of the 8 shortlisted shoes onto Facebook and you all voted for the best shoe by Liking the shoe you wanted to win. Congratulations to Ashley with over 400 Likes for her shoe.

Tuesday 23rd April

Penny @_LeighleeCookie : It’s getting harder and harder to judge #ShoesDayTuesday but with her love of quirky and original shoes for Lauren from Glamour there could only be one winner, “I love the polka dot shoes – they have to win!”

The sun came out (at last) for #ShoesDayTuesday and we saw more bare feet and open toe shoes and sandals. It was, as ever, a difficult task picking our shortlist and congratulations go to: @_LeighleeCookie @hannahpountney @KarenL109 @nickiem lalynns @shoeRAcom @tweet_emma @wellheeled

Lauren from Glamour is judging the shortlist and we’ll be announcing our winner later here and on Twitter.

Tuesday 16th April

Abi @SewYou : We loved all eight shortlisted shoes, but Abi’s shoes jumped out for both Upper Street and Lauren from Glamour especially when we learnt these were customised by Abi herself with three layers of tiny sequins. Abi tweeted “sure did. They were boring ‘work’ heels & I pimped them myself” In the words of Lauren from Glamour “I LOVE the sequins!

Congratulations to our 8 shortlisted shoes this week: @ambernectarine, @AniaBrighton, @mceachern7, @dellilah1982, @nshark, @SewYou, @TheShoeTwit and @worduplisa

Which shoe will Lauren Smith from Glamour pick as the winner? We’ll announce later today.

Tuesday 9th April

Shoe_Floozie: Another really competitive week and it took us a while to whittle down the 10 shortlisted shoes to one winner, but in the end Shoe_Floozie’s sandals really stood out. On picking her shoe, Lauren from Glamour said, “A fanastic sandal, I love the colours and also how it’s been styled to wear for the colder weather. Well done.”

This week we’ve changed things slightly and we’re announcing the shoes who’ve made the shortlist first. Here are the 10 shoes  shortlisted: congratulations to @ClareBlandELS, @erinlaurawalsh, @Githara, @irenedreaming, @monic_1983, @nickiem, @seldalondon, @Shoe_Floozie, @theitguide and @twentymumthing

Which one will be the winner?

Tuesday 2nd April

Daisy: Glamour magazine took over #ShoesDayTuesday and you all really rose to the challenge. It was one of the hardest week’s to judge and it took us all day. On picking Daisy’s shoe, Glamour said, “Omg it’s so hard to decide – but I think the gorgeous orange shoes should win!

Tuesday 26th March

Nia: Fashion Stylist Camille Adomakoh, aka Karma-Style and Upper Street loved both Nia’s shoes and the way she styled and photographed them. Camille said “I love these shoes because they conjure up Springtime. Happiness and sunny days…

Tuesday 19th March

Sarah: Fashion stylist Nicole Smallwood loved Sarah’s boots saying “There can only be one winner for me the monochrome boots rock. 60 chic what’s not to love.”


Tuesday 12th March

Ellie: Our judge Zoe Lem picked Ellie’s wonderful shoes because “I’m useless walking in heels but these are perfect height and have a gorgeous vintage style (especially with the red toes!). Great mix of practicality and glamour. A bit of sparkle brightens up every day!

Tuesday 5th March – as it was our 3rd birthday we celebrated with picking 3 winners this week, judged by Julia Elliott Brown, Upper Street co-founder and Sairey Stemp, Cosmpolitan’s Fashion Editor.

Jen Beale: Sairey said “I love the clashing animal prints, the dalmation booties and zebra print rug both clash and compliment each other. Jen has thought about her what she is wearing and found a suitable background to show off her footwear spectacularly.”

Stephanie Wahlstrom: Sairy commented “This girl is definitely rocking a 50′s rockabilly vibe with her gingham shoes and turned up jeans.”

Nicki Rawson: Sairey picked her shoes because “the yellow shoes and tights combo are super and show real inventiveness, a love of colour and a quirky style. She has thought about taking her shoes outside to show off their bright colour, just like a spring crocus.”

Tuesday 26th February
Victoria Aquino: We loved Sarah’s little story she shared with her shoes: “Tuesday’s shoes with a matching cat who won’t leave me alone this morning #ShoesDayTuesday

Congratulation to all our winners and you could be featured as a winner, but only if you take part in #ShoesDayTuesday

For more inspiration take a look at our #ShoesDayTuesday pinterest board featuring a selection of our favourite entries

Upper Street – the made-to-order luxury shoe label where you can design your own shoes and have them delivered right to your door.

All 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!

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Sep 10

Red Carpet Shoe Horrors

Red carpet horrors

“Give a girl the rights shoes and she can conquer the world” – the infamous and pertinent words of Marilyn Monroe.  But how can a girl feel psyched up to conquer the world when her toes are hanging over the end of her sandals like eagles claws, or are trussed up like pork sausages?

Check out some of these horrors from the red carpet. Sadly, all too common when you need large or wide shoes and can’t find your size.

Can you guess which celebrity belongs to which red carpet disaster photo?! Answers below please!

Upper Street shoes now come in an extensive size range (33-44, that is size UK 2-10.5 or US 4-12.5)  and 4 different width fittings, giving you the power to design and order the shoes that you want, in the fit that you need. Design your shoes now in our easy to use 3D design studio or our award winning iPad App.

Not sure where to start? Visit our design guide for large size shoes for some helpful ideas on styles that flatter large size feet.

Upper Street – the made-to-order luxury shoe label where you can design your own shoes and have them delivered right to your door.

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Jan 8

Shoe Design of the Week: Shoe Designing at 79

Whoever said that with age, you lose your style is WRONG; if anything it can be the complete opposite, age can be your inspiration. That is exactly what this Shoe Design of the Week takes a look at, these sassy, stylish fuchsia snakeskin courts were designed by the wonderful septuagenarian Jennifer Davidson. We absolutely adore her simplistic, yet timeless design. So keep reading to find out more about her experience with Upper Street.

Tell us a little about yourself Jennifer

I am divorced and almost 80. I now live in Thailand, right next to my son and his family. I worked for 40 years in senior positions in the nursing area of the NHS, in England. When I retired I trained in Beauty therapy and worked for 10 years, so I saw and used all kinds of fashionable women as my inspiration. I then went to University and studied Fine Art Painting; I now continue to paint in my home, in Thailand. My interests are fashion, beauty, cooking, gardening , and swimming (I swim a kilometre a week). Some could say that there’s really no stopping me. I have found that over the years my fashion and style has changed some what, but the advantage of becoming older is that you have a lot of experience from throughout your life to draw inspiration from, as well as a large wardrobe that you have accumulated over the years.

Where did you get your inspiration for your shoes from?

My inspiration for the shoes came from Upper Street’s shoe galleries, from fashion magazines, as well as fashion shows on TV.  I designed the shoes especially for Christmas and they will most definitely got shown around, especially Christmas Eve when we went to celebrate the festivities at the Dusit hotel in the town near by.

As I was in England for the summer I took the opportunity to visit the Upper Street studio and see how comfortable they are for myself. I am extremely happy and confident with ordering online and look forward to designing as many individual shoes as possible, no bland slip-ons for me.

Thank you ever so much Jennifer for sharing your shoe designing secrets with us. You’ve really brought all your experiences together to wow us with your design. Just like style icon Iris Apfel, Jennifer doesn’t see age as a hindrance but as an accessory.

If you too would like to try before you buy, to make an appointment to come into the Upper Street studio: Call 0845 680 9365 to talk to our Customer Relations Manager Lizzie Seymour.

Design your own unqiue shoes with Upper Street >>

For shoe inspiration browse & customise the designs in our snakeskin shoe gallery >>

All Upper Street shoes come in a huge range of sizes from the petite 33 (UK 1.5) to a 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 shoe design that we’ll refund you if you don’t!

Made-to-order shoes, designed by you: Start designing your shoes >>

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