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

Alternative wedding shoes

Many brides-to-be are looking for an alternative option to a traditional wedding ceremony. From retro 1950s inspired receptions to Wild West themed ceremonies, no matter how alternative your wedding, you can design your own unique wedding shoes to suit it perfectly at Upper Street.

There’s a whole other world to traditional wedding shoes, and that’s where we can help you. Whether you’d like to match your wedding shoes to your bridesmaids dresses, bouquet or whole wedding theme, our range of over 150 colours and materials will give your bridal shoes that edgy look you're looking for.



Colourful alternatives to white

If you are looking for an alternative colour to white or cream for your wedding shoes, try the simple yet effective colour-blocking technique. Try picking bold and contrasting colours to create your unique alternative wedding shoe.

Have a look at our colour blocking design guide for tips and advice. If you are in need of inspiration, visit our colour blocking shoe gallery. Apply this technique onto a platform court shoe or platform peep toe heels for a striking effect.

Spice it up with animal prints

If you are ready to go wild, we have a range of gorgeous animal fabrics, from colourful and metallic shades of snakeskin to soft and stunning leopard and zebra prints. To complete the look of  your alternative wedding shoes, choose a Swarovski jewel cluster or some studs from our range of embellishments to make your shoes stand out. This is the perfect look for a dauntless bride. 

Alteratives to high heels

Since you’ll probably be on your feet for a long period of time, we recommend you choose our 3" mid-heels which will give you excellent support and comfort. For extra height, our platform shoes with a 3.5” heel have a 0.25” platform that gives the shoe the perfect balance.
Kitten heels are also a good choice since they allow you to move from day to evening in comfort. To chose the heel that best suits you, read our design guide on how to choose the perfect lower heel. You can always opt for a ballet flat for maximum comfort. Our flats have a beautifully crafted feminine cut that looks very flattering on the foot.

Upper Street shoes come in a huge range of sizes from the petite 33 (UK 1.5 / US 3) to the generous 44 (UK 10.5 / US 12.5) with 4 width fittings.
We also have hundreds of designs in our shoe galleries to inspire you. 

Or have a look at the alternative bridal shoes our brides have created in the Upper Street bridal blog

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Alternatively visit The Shoe Lounge for a personal appointment where you can try on shoes for size, view our samples for inspiration and match our swatches to your wardrobe.
Bow Tied
Leopard & red bow pointed courts
Sea satin peep toe with flower
Pink Satin Platform Peep Toe