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Design Guides

Advice and tips on designing your made-to-order shoes

Core shoe styles

Each unique shoe that you create in our 3D Shoe Design Studio starts with one of our eight core shoe shapes. Meet the beautiful curves, proportions and balance of Upper Street's hand-made shoes and choose the shape that’s right for you.



The pointed court - Cut with a contemporary short toe and elegantly tapered high-heel, our stiletto is an undeniably sexy cut that is that is super flattering on the foot. Sleek in shape yet designed not to be too narrow at the front to pinch. As with all of our styles, every pointed court shoe has a brushed leather sole and is fully lined with leather, giving you the ultimate in comfort and breathability.
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The round toe court – This high-heeled classic features beautiful shapely proportions with it’s smooth line gently curving the heel.  The perfectly rounded front provides plenty of wiggle room for toes. The round toe court is versatile base shape for designing both day and evening shoes.
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The platform court – A superbly shaped silhouette with smooth curves and contemporary round toe front.  The 0.5” platform and 4.5” heel on this platform court shoe create presence and height without compromising on comfort. We only use the best materials for our uppers -  sumptuous Italian satin, super shiny patent, the softest suede, leather and pony (calf), textured snakeskin and vibrant metallics - it’s up to you to choose which you use to create your own unique look. 
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The Peep toe - The perfect mid heel with a feminine almond shaped toe and beautifully proportioned peep.  The modest heel is manageable yet plenty flattering making this peep toe shoe a chic yet comfortable choice to compliment both your day and evening wardrobe.
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The platform peep toe - Gorgeously cut and shaped with just the right amount of peep on the round toe front, the sweeping lines of this platform peep toe shoe are incredibly flattering and totally sexy. This Upper Street best seller is perfect for creating a long and leggy look.
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The sandal - A classic sandal shape with a feminine almond toe creating perfectly elegant balance. Craft a delicately strappy style for the quintessential special occasion shoe that is unabashedly flirty. 
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The platform sandal - A contemporary take on the classic sandal that gives more height and presence, yet perfectly balanced for comfort and style. The platform sandal is the perfect choice for those occasions when you need to maximize the glamour factor with the ultimate sexy shoe. All of our diamante embellishments are all made from stunning Swarovski crystals to create the ultimate sparkle.
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The ballet flat - A beautifully feminine cut and low vamp that looks super flattering on the foot. Our ballet flat sits with a half inch stacked wooden heel, cushioned leather lining and leather sole to give your feet the little piece of luxury they deserve. Whether you want an every day flat to run around in all day or a glamorous alternative to heels in the evening, there are hundreds of design option for your made-to-order ballet flats.
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Lower heel options are available all of shoe styles. Simply select the heel height you want in the Shopping bag when placing your order.

For tips and advice on how to design your shoes, read our guides to designing shoes

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3.75” pointed court
3.75” round toe
4.5” platform court
3" peep
4.5" platform peep
Purple satin sandal- 3.75" heel
4.5” platform sandal
Ballet Flat