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Upper Street Shoes – Design Your Own Bespoke Shoes!

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We’ve all been there… rifling through your wardrobe cursing at your existing shoe collection (and your other half) as you just can’t find the ‘perfect’ shoe for your outfit. Or perhaps like me, you have a wardrobe full of pretty shoes that you bought on a whim but are too uncomfortable/high/inappropriate that they’ll be staying firmly in their box with the label still on. Whoops.

Well stress no more, because whether it’s for a special occasion, a wedding or just to create the ‘perfect’ black court with a ‘twist’ you’ll want to head to Upper Street Shoes to create your very own custom designed pair of shoes.

I was kindly invited along to the beautiful Upper Street Townhouse, just a stones throw from Oxford Circus (danger, danger!) for my personal appointment with stylist Helena to design my own shoes, so please do excuse the many many photos in this post of them but I’m so in love with them I couldn’t stop snapping!

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As you take a look around the Upper Street townhouse boutique at the myriad styles, fabrics and colours available at first it’s a little overwhelming, suddenly kid and sweet shop come to mind because each element of the shoe can be customised to your requirements and personal tastes. But where to start!

Firstly you select the style of the shoe, and then then the design elements such as the heel height and shape, details such as straps or embellishments, and of course fabrics and colours and then the little touches like the insole. It’s the little details that make these even more special, such as the inscribing that can be printed on the insole – whether it’s a wedding date or a message to your bridesmaids or just a quote to get you inspired by wearing them it’s such a sweet touch. For me the shoes are definitely ‘going out’ shoes so I went with ‘Time to drink champagne & dance on the tables”… how predictable!

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I was stood there with neon pink, leopard print, glitter fabrics and a lot of metallics and my eyes were like a Magpie’s, but luckily with Helena’s patient advice I finally decided upon a fairly classic pair of shoes that I knew I’d get a lot of wear out of as let’s be honest, it’s not everyday you get to make your own custom shoes!

As someone who isn’t particularly stable in heels, I chose my style of shoe to ensure that as well as looking great they’d be comfortable too. My shoe style was an open back pointed court with t-bar strap and toe detail and 3″ mid-height stiletto. I chose the luxurious black pony skin for the fabric of the main shoe and to indulge my love of rose gold, accented this in the leather pointed toe, side detail and strap. I had to be reigned in at adding a neon pink heel…

They are of course a special or luxury item, rather than an every-day (unless of course that’s your thing) which I think makes them perfect for bridal market, whether it’s the bride, bridesmaids or even the Mother of the Bride and Upper Street have a special Bridal service.

It would be SO much fun to invite your girls along with you to your session to help you design the shoes, and such a great investment to have the ‘perfect’ pair of shoes for not just your wedding day but for many years on. You can browse bridal shoe inspiration in the gallery, as they offer flats (perfect for the dance floor), shoes with hearts on the heel for something a little romantic and even a blue insole for your ‘something blue’. Amazing!

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After my appointment, the shoes took about a month to arrive to my door and when they did they were presented beautifully all wrapped up in tissue with shoe duster bags to protect them, and of course all tied up with a pretty pink bow! If you’re a shoe-loving lady, (or even know one that is!) then customising your own pair of shoes is just the ultimate luxury and I for one don’t think this will be my only pair…

Visit Upper Street Shoes for more information and to design your own pair online. You can also book an appointment by contacting Upper Street HQ: iloveshoes@upperstreet.com or call +44 (0)2071487070.

If any of you out there do pay a visit, I’d love to see your designs, tag me on Instagram!

Photography: London Bride

This is not a sponsored post, opinions are my own, however I was kindly gifted my own pair of shoes! 

Dana Bolton London Bridal Designer – Boho Chic Collection

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For a number of years now I have been following the work of Dana Bolton; a North London based dress designer with a penchant for ethereal elegance. Having spent many years with a focus on bespoke design for brides, she has now branched out into a new direction by creating a stunning collection of dresses that reflect her love of all things bohemian, floaty and gorgeous.

The ‘boho chic’ designs in the collection were created by Dana from some of the most popular elements and flattering silhouettes that she has been commissioned by her bespoke customers for brides who are looking for something incredibly special but with a relaxed style. Whilst the designs encapsulate boho beauty she has ensured that they are easy to wear and comfortable – which let’s face it you need to be on your wedding day! Inspired from the textures and movement of the silks and laces, the details and cuts are dreamy and soft with details to enhance femininity with the signature low backs and delicate embellishments.

I really love the delicate and ‘soft’ styling of these dresses, the elegance coming from the separate silk and lace camisoles teamed with flowing drop waisted skirts are so romantic and are suited very much for the relaxed bride. I particularly love the signature back details on the dresses (which also have in-built cups for comfort!) as they are incredibly flattering and alluring and the French lace cap sleeve details add to the boho look. Overall just incredibly romantic, feminine and classic…

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Whilst Dana does still offer a full bespoke service, elements of some of the designs from the collection are interchangeable so brides are able to have a semi-bespoke service too, with a selection of lace overlay dress designs that can be worn with a heavy silk slip underneath. Prices are between £1850.00 – £2350.00 and bespoke designs start at £2500.00 and are priced individually.

Brides are able to see more of the stunning collection and to book an appointment to view and try the separates and dresses on at the Dana Bolton studio in Muswell Hill, North London.

The stunning look book images were created by a very talented team: beautifully photographed by Kirsten Mavric, with Make-Up by Mariam Jensen and Hair Styling by Cassandra Rizzuto. Boho floral combs from Donna Crain and velvet flower crown from The Shepherds Purse and fresh flower bouquet and floral crown from Blue Sky Flowers