December 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Hey, if you can’t wow on your wedding day, when can you?
Kick up those heels!
December 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime
that Christmas list ain’t going to write itself gals.
December 1st, 2014 | Rachel Parry
Along with the festive party season comes killer footwear making now the ideal time for brides-to-be to find their dream shoes.
While some ladies like to stick to specific bridal collections in search of a plain but pretty shoe, others use their footwear as a way of expressing their personal style, opting for a pair with a bit of pizzazz.
If you fall into the latter category the current high street offerings won’t let you down. Christmas and New Year is a period when people want to stand out from the crowd with shoes that sparkle, pop, or quite literally put them head and shoulders above the rest (we’re talking skyscrapers).
Dune’s store window to many women can easily be compared to that of a sweet shop. It’s neat and shiny with delicious treats carefully positioned to lure you closer and closer, until before you know it you’re excitedly saying the words: “I’ll take them in the pink”.
Looking at Dune’s current collection there’s certainly a few show-stoppers for brides-to-be.
Here at Brides Up North we love glitz and glam so for us a wedding shoe glitters is a fabulous choice. The stunning Harlane T-bar platform design offers a wonderful amount of shimmer as does the sleek Hydro. Meanwhile those wanting shimmer and gems will fall head over heels for Hasim as well as the Hottie platform, that certainly lives up to its name.
But if you’re looking to lower the height but up the sparkle, the dashing glitter-encrusted Blitzen will give you toes that twinkle.
Metallic heels are also hot news at this time of year and can be a more subtle option to the above. The Henrieta peep-toe sandal in gold and the strappy Hilarie in silver would both make fashionable yet elegant bridal footwear. Alternatively Azura and Aonda offer classy courts with a magical metallic shine.
Again for tall brides, or those that just don’t get on with heels, Cameron provides a cute flat option in adorable blush pink with gold snakeskin pointed toe.
But the ultimate show-stopper has to be the Breanna which bears a striking resemblance to Carrie Bradshaw’s something blue Manolos that she wore when she married Mr Big in the Sex and the City movie. The gorgeous suede design, complete with square broach detailing, is made for the aisle. Better yet, it’s available in a range of colours, including Brides Up North’s favourite – pink!
November 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime
These boots are made for posing.
November 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime
“I used to be snow white, but I drifted” Mae West
Velvety, red, winter wedding shoe perfection. Right there.
October 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Oh god. what’s not to love?
Bubblegum Pink Butterfly Heel by Aruna Seth, coming soon.
October 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime
If you’re thinking of flats, for the love of the fashion gods pick these ones.
Be a brogued bride with Dalston by Irregular Choice, £110.
October 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime
September 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime
You shall go to the ball.
Save the pumpkins for Halloween, Cinders.
September 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime
A relative newcomer to the bridal design scene, Charlotte Mills is a bit of a genius.
Launched to huge acclaim within the industry, the talented designer (and all round lovely North West lass) offers affordable luxury to style conscious brides giving them a more fashion forward option to traditional wedding shoes.
We like her style.
And we want her shoes.
Charlotte says: We create beautiful, elegant, fun, romantic designs we hope brides will fall in love with and want to wear again and again after their wedding day.
What were your inspirations for this collection?
Love hearts provide the inspiration for collection each style incorporating them in a unique and individual way. I love art deco and art nouveau, so studied heart shapes and also the lines used in the architecture of these era’s and gave them a modern twist to create the designs. For as long as I can remember I have always has a passion for shoes. I couldn’t imagine designing anything else.
It amazing to be able to design something which some one will love and want to wear on their wedding day to show a little bit of their personality. I find this really inspiring.
Each shoe is hand finished with a silver sixpence and the leather sole is embossed with the phrase ‘Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.’
We have covered all bases. The Sixpence is also the Something Old, the Something New is the shoe, the Something Blue is detailed on the insock and the Something Borrowed will be inside the shoe box. Brides love this old tradition. This detailing is unique to Charlotte Mills Bridal shoes.
What shapes, materials and embellishments were chosen for the collection?
The collection has been created using laser cutting, appliqué and embroidery techniques. Each shoe is handmade in Spain using finest materials such as Italian Kid Suede, silks, tulle or metallic and pearlised leathers and is embellished with large structured bows, embroideries, appliqués or Swarovski crystals.
What is your average retail price?
What does 2015 hold for Charlotte Mills? What are you excited about?
I am busy designing lots of new styles to add to the range and working on a top-secret collection.
Seeing images of all the ‘Charlotte Mills brides’ is so exciting and as we have only just launched there is a time delay because people tend to buy so far in advance for weddings. It will be amazing to see our shoes featured in someone’s special day.
What are your ‘best things’ in life?
Shoes Shoes Shoes!
My husband, family and friends, my dogs Meg and Coco, pink, holidays, cake, weddings and fashion – I could go on and on…
Where can Brides Up North find out more about Charlotte Mills?
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