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Nov 17

Shoe Design of the Week: Beautiful Bridal T-Bar Platform Peeps

This week’s Shoe Design of the Week comes from South Manchester and is lovely bride Francesca. We absolutely loved her story and we are sure you will too. She looked stunning on her wedding day! So keep reading to find out more about her experience with Upper Street.

Tell us a little about yourself

My [New!] name is Francesca Chiorando Meredith, I’m originally from South Manchester, but have spent the last ten years traveling up and down the country for various University degrees and jobs, until deciding to settle back home with my new husband! Since moving back up North I have been working with my family, but before that I trained and worked in fashion. I always have to have a project on the go, recently it was our wedding, and we have also been refurbishing our new house ready for married life… I love to have something to research, plan and design, and I love learning new things! This year I gone from screen-printing wedding invitations one night, to knocking plaster off walls the next day…it’s been an interesting year!

What inspired your shoe design?

Having worked in fashion [and being a bit of a control freak] as soon as I heard about Upper Street, there was no WAY I wasn’t going to buy their shoes for my wedding! I did try to talk myself out of it for a short while, as obviously the wedding costs were spiraling, I even bought a crappy pair of high street shoes at one point…but I just couldn’t do it… shoes are important to me, and even if no one sees them (which they did!) I know they are there. There is no way I could’ve worn just any old pair of high street shoes for my wedding. As some of my friends like to say, I am a little contrary, I’ll always like the thing that no one else likes…I think just to be awkward, so the idea of having bridal shoes that I designed, and that no one else would have, was amazing.

I played around with the design for quite a while on the online designer (which is just brilliant) I designed about 10 variations of the same shoe: I knew a few definites, it would be 4.5 inches, it would be a platform, and it had to have an ankle strap or T-bar (I’ve had an obsession with ankle straps since I was five!)

In the end, after visiting the lovely girls in their studio in London, they offered to make me a special shoe with a T-bar that is slightly different to the one they normally did. I love the idea of a T-bar, not only is it super cute, but it means you can throw yourself around without any risk of the shoes coming off!

I wanted to design a shoe that wasn’t obviously a bridal shoe, but was bridally enough, I wanted something that I could wear again… I couldn’t bear the thought of typical bridal shoes; I can’t stand satin, and low heels…eeek!!

What I didn’t expect was to design the shoe I ended up with, on paper it sounded awful: 4.5inch platform in white snakeskin and gold leather?? Yeugh! But they are gorgeous! A lot of my wedding was understated, quite a plain dress, Pachelbel to walk down the aisle, a lot of it whispered simplicity, but these wonderful little shoes, hiding underneath my dress, ready to pop out screamed excitement!

What did you think of your shoes when you received them?

I adored my shoes on sight! I immediately tried them on and started prancing around in them! There were a few slight fit issues, and when I contacted the girls at Upper Street, they could not have been more helpful! I sent the shoes back and received a perfectly fitting pair within a few weeks. I was so impressed with their service and contact, which is absolutely invaluable, especially where stressed out brides are concerned!

I loved how beautifully the shoes were packaged, they were totally luxurious, I kept getting them out looking at them, and spending ages wrapping them back up again! The shoes themselves were beautiful, they were so well made, and I couldn’t believe how well they fit considering I had ordered them online. I just could not wait to be able to wear them properly.

Have you worn your shoes yet?

I wore my shoes for my wedding in June 2012, and they were a hit! Aside from being gorgeous, they were so comfortable that I wore them all day long, and even walked from the reception to our house in them (which took us about 30 minutes!) I danced like mad in them, and ran around, without one tiny bit of discomfort. This is pretty impressive for wearing shoes for the first time, for over twelve hours!

A lot of my friends asked to see my shoes, as they all know that I love high heels, and it was great to show them off! A few were quite surprised at how high they were for a wedding shoe, but not surprised that I had chosen them. It was brilliant to be able to show off my shoes, and explain how special they were, to have something so individual for my wedding, when so many things are often repeated. I had had a few problems with over aspects of the wedding, and so to have this part be so perfect was really lovely, and not something I had originally planned.

The week of the wedding, I was even more surprised to receive a lovely card from the girls, wishing me well for our wedding, it was so lovely of them to remember, and to show such care. It shows that to the girls at Upper Street, it’s not just about making shoes, it’s making dreams come true!

Thank you very much Francesca for sharing your gorgeous wedding shoe design, story and beautiful photos with us. We’re delighted to have played a part in making your wedding day so special.

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 bridal inspiration visit our bespoke bridal shoes gallery and view our bridal blue shoe gallery to see more colours, design and embellishment options and then create your own personal design in Upper Street’s 3D Shoe DesignerBrowse our full range of colours and materials in our Swatch Store and you can order swatches for that all important perfect match.

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

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Sep 17

Help Julia pick her next Upper Street shoe design

Category: Shoe Love,Trends

We know how hard it can be to pick your favourite shoe design, but with Upper Street’s Shared Collections you can share your shoe designs and invite your friends to review, ‘Love’ and help you pick your perfect shoe design.

This week, Julia Grinham, Upper Street ‘s Co-founder, is looking to update her shoe wardrobe for Autumn and she’d love to hear your thoughts on her  shoe designs!

Join Julia’s Shared Collection and help her pick the shoe design that she’ll order.

Love the design you think is just right for her, give your views and design advice in ‘Comments:’ should she add a large bow to that lovely burgundy ballet flat or would it be better to go with a black suede pointed court instead? Or design a whole new shoe and share it with Julia.

Julia will announce the winning design on Facebook and Twitter on Monday 24th September, so you have until Sunday 23rd September to give your shoe design advice.

Join Julia’s Shared Collection >>

What to know more about Julia’s personal style before giving your feedback?

Read about Julia’s Luxe Must-Haves >>

Julia’s go to evening shoes >>

Julia’s working shoe wardrobe >>

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Jun 25

Upper Street Masterclass – How To Design Your Shoe

For most shoe lovers, the prospect of designing their own bespoke shoe is the ultimate dream scenario. But sometimes, having the chance to create something that encompasses all you want in a shoe may feel a little daunting – the pressure to get it perfectly right is definitely on!

So we’ve looked back at some of the chats we’ve had with customers who needed a little extra assistance in creating a dream shoe and put the key points into our latest Upper Street Masterclass  - How To Design Your Shoes. Take a look at some common questions below and then step forth and design your shoes in complete confidence!

Help! I Don’t Know Where To Start!

Emerald turquoise platform peep toe, Studded ballet flat, Monochrome round toe brogue

Think of the shoe that’s missing from your collection. Which shoe styles make you feel good and help put a real spring in your step? If you’re not comfortable in a high heel avoid them – at Upper Street we have plenty of gorgeous lower heeled options.

You can also customise our shoe designs or get inspiration from our beautiful shoe photos. Browse a whole host of beautiful shoes in our galleries, view photos of shoes on Pinterest and on our Facebook photo albums. Then just get stuck in and have fun!

Is It Really Boring To Design A Classic Shoe?

Nude bow platform court, Zebra pointed court

No…definitely not, your shoe should reflect your personal taste and needs. And so often, it’s those simple, yet classic, shoes that are the ones that you can never find on the High Street. But what you can do is add a personal touch or twist to a classic. Choose a design with a contrasting counter back or heel. Or why not keep to the same colour mix but use different materials – brogue detailing is a great way to add detail to a classically chic design.

There Are So Many Colours…Which Do I Choose?

Asymmetric jewels peep toe platform

Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour. At any stage of the design process you can change shoe colours, so mix and match – be bold and surprise yourself! If you’re still unsure, take a look at your wardrobe contents and think about what will work with your favourite pieces. Start your Upper Street shoe collection for your own inspiration – just save your shoe designs and share with friends via email and Facebook and ask for their views. You can also browse our swatch store for colour inspiration and order swatches to give you confidence and make sure you’ve got your shoe just right.

I Know Which Colours I Like But Which Material Should I Use?

Rule Britannia platform peep toe, Purple & brown platform sandal

When choosing your materials, think about where and when you’ll wear the shoe. Something delicate like Italian satin is perfect for an evening shoe but not so practical for a daily work shoe. If you’re designing with patent bear in mind that it’s a little bit stiffer than leather and therefore less flexible. A good option is to mix and match to give accents to your shoes, putting harder wearing materials on the heels for instance.

I’m Worried About How My Design Will Fit – How Can You Help?

Gold round toe brogue, Snakeskin T-bar sandal

Firstly think about your foot shape and what normally works for you – our sizing and width options cover sizes 33- 43 and 4 width fittings. We also offer advice on fit via a phone call, email and of course during our VIP appointments at the studio. If you receive your shoe and find that it doesn’t fit we can alter it, and if necessary remake free of charge. With Upper Street, there’s no fear of ordering and getting stuck with a pair of shoes that don’t fit.

Hopefully by now you’re raring to go and ready to create those perfect shoes that you thought were previously unobtainable. But don’t hesitate to contact us at any stage of your design process – after all, no one appreciates the need for shoe perfection more than us!

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!

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

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May 29

Upper Street Masterclass – Designing An Investment Shoe

If you invest in our key shoe styles you’ll always have the footwear equivalent of the Little Black Dress, the jeans that you can wear for any occasion and the white shirt that works from season to season. With an Upper Street shoe design you can take a classic design and add that individual stamp that will always get people asking “Where did you get those shoes?”

Read on to find out what shoe designs we recommend you invest in to ensure you have fabulous footwear with the bespoke touch…

Black animal pointed court shoe

The right evening shoe is the shoe wardrobe equivalent of the Little Black Dress. This elegant D’Orsay cut pointed court in black animal has just the right amount of detail with its black satin Mary Jane strap, heel and large bow. Customise your design with different materials or select a 2.25″ kitten heel at the checkout.

Gold snakeskin sandal

When all out glamour is called for, you can’t go wrong with a shimmering sandal in gold tones and a little added extra sparkle. This snakeskin sandal with an easy back strap and two front straps embellished with Swarovski diamante gems is the perfect party shoe for every season.

Zebra pointed court shoe

Liven up your wardrobe by choosing a stiletto that makes a head turning statement. These fabulous zebra calfskin pointed court shoes use a perennial favourite print, zebra, and add an individual touch with a zingy red patent heel. Customise our stiletto shoe style to create your individual shoe.

Black & gold pointed court shoe

We love this kitten pointed court – it takes a classic brogue design and adds an Upper Street twist by contrasting stunning gold leather with sleek black patent. The 2.25″ kitten heel means you can take your feet comfortably from the office to evening cocktails…exactly what an investment shoe is supposed to do!

Cobalt suede studded ballet flat

A ballet flat is always a solid investment to add to your collection so why not up the ante by giving your ballet flat a little rock chic edge? These cobalt suede flats with their black snakeskin toe cap and counter back are given a fierce finishing touch with a sprinkling of studs.

Chocolate orange snakeskin platform court shoe

And because when it comes to a shoe investment, we can’t just stop at five, here’s an added bonus heel for work wear. Bring style to the boardroom with these platform courts in chocolate brown snakeskin with a contrasting tangerine back and heel. A lower 0.25″ platform and 3.5″ heel is available at the checkout stage if less height is required for work.

So now you know what styles we recommend you invest in, take a look at our shoe galleries and design guides for a little investment inspiration of your own. From season to season you can step out in your own investment shoes which you designed yourself for a truly individual look.

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 iloveshoes@upperstreet.com 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!

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

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