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Design Guides

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

Designing sandals

Upper Street's core sandal is shaped with a feminine almond toe, which creates a perfectly elegant balance, and can be made with either a 3.75”, 3" mid-heel or 2.25” kitten heel (select at checkout).

Here is our advice and tips on designing your unique sandals online in Upper Street’s 3D shoe designer. Follow these 5 easy steps to create your own individual sandals online...

Step 1  - Pick sandals from shoe style: Choose the seventh thumbnail option and click on the sandal option.
Step 2  - Choose your sandal font
Design the front of your sandals by choosing from 12 different options to suit your style. If you’re looking for a strappy sandal, select the double cross over, or a weave front for a sophisticated choice.  For an edgy look, design a T-bar sandal, and colour the heel and platform different colours to the upper shape.
Tip: If you want to add crystals or studs, you must select plain front, crossover, asymmetric, T-bar or gladiator. If you want to embellish with a diamanté trim, select the weave, double crossover, 2 thin strap, gladiator, or T-bar fronts.
Step 3  - Select your sandal back
Design the back of your sandal by choosing from 6 different options. Choose a dainty gilda strap, which wraps delicately around the ankle and accentuates slim legs. Alternatively, a small counter with strap will instantly flatter your legs. For an easy to wear style, try an easy back strap.
If you want to embellish your sandal with diamnaté, crystals or studs, select the gilda strap, small counter strap or easy back strap.

Tip: Click on the image of the shoe and rotate it 360 degrees to get a full view from every angle. 
Step 4 - Bring your sandal to life with colours & materials
The colour option is organised in 2 ways: ‘Sort by materials’ which shows our extensive range of materials and ‘Sort by colour’ which shows our rich palette of colours.
First click on the shoe area then choose a colour or material, remember to colour each part of your shoe.
Tip: Please note that studs can not be added to animal skin.
Prices differ for our standard materials and our premium materials. Please visit our pricing page for further details. At any time of the colouring process, you will be able to click on the "Cost & materials" button to see the costs for each material and extra embellishments.
Step 5  - Add an embellishment (optional): You can adorn your sandals with studs, crystals and diamanté.
For studs and crystals, you need to have selected a plain front, crossover, asymmetric, T-bar or gladiator at step 2. For a diamante trim, you need to have selected the weave, double crossover, 2 thin strap, gladiator, or T-bar front.
To embellish the back, you must have selected the gilda strap, small counter with strap, easy back strap or counter with strap.
Tip: For studs, you must add a counter back in step 3. Please note you cannot add crystals to the back straps.
For more advice and inspiration on embellishments, take a look at our embellishment guide
Don't lose your design: Save your shoe design to your collection or add to your shopping bag. Share your collection with your friends; they can help you decide which shoe they think would suit you.
Upper Street's shoes are available in sizes 33 - 44 with 4 width fittings. You select your shoe size and heel height (3.75", 3" or 2.25") once you’ve added it to your shopping bag. Alternatively, please contact us at or telephone  +44 (0) 845 680 9365.

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For inspiration or the option to customise our designs, view our sandal shoe gallery

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