Bridal Shoes Ireland Biography
It appears the forums have gone wedding shoe mad in the last two weeks, and even in WOL HQ, our soon-to-be bride Sophie is in the midst of some sort of wedding shoe crisis! Must be in the air… Anyway with all the chit chat about heel heights, style over comfort and DIY wedding shoe projects, we decided to put together a simple post of some of the dainty darlings we’ve seen and liked over the past few days. From high street to couture, self assembled to specialist, here are the shoes we think will make you smile.
London based Emmy shoes (main image, bottom left) is a collection of wonderfully designed, delicate wedding shoes that reflect up-to-date trends in both weddings and fashion. The collection offers a variety of shape, heel height, material and detail to allow the bride to create a unique, personalised product, with every pair being individually custom made. Emmy is a favourite of the Middleton sisters, which may be reflected in their price range – but if you have got the budget, we could think of worse ways to spend your money!
On the high street, we’re looking at Next and Dune for bridal style. The thing we like to remind brides is, as with everything, you get what you pay for. If you’re going for shoes at the cheaper end of the spectrum make sure to really wear them in. Really. Some high street stores tend to favour style over substance which one often only remember when one is digging through one’s handbag for something that resembles a plaster.
Thick, clunky heels are making a bit of a comeback for winter this year (bottom right, Next), and while we love them for high fashion, they may not go so well with a wedding gown, unless you’re going for the ‘statement heel’ in which case the brighter and chunkier the better!
rachel simpson wedding shoes
Rainbow Club and Paradox London are both names synonymous with weddings. They are designer companies that make a concerted effort to make their footwear as comfortable as possible while still in-keeping with general wedding style. Shoes are usually simple satins, with heels averaging about three inches, however they can go as low as ballerina style. Rainbow Club is UK based, with Jimmy Choo-trained Diane Hassall at the helm. They have over 50 stockists in Ireland including Little White Dress and De Stafford in Dublin, B Couture in Wicklow, and The White Room, Westmeath. Paradox London specialises in ‘appropriately designed’ bridal footwear fabricated using dyeable satins’, with added padding and cushioned linings. Stockists include Esposa Bridal in Cork, The White Room in Westmeath, The Bridal Rooms at McElhinneys, Donegal and Edel Tuite in Louth.
Rachel Simpson Shoes are gaining a massive bridal following over in Ireland since they came to Bella Blue in Cork and Frilly Frocks in Drogheda. In fact, over the last few weeks we have featured a few brides in our real wedding section who chose the UK designer’s footwear as their weapon of choice on their big day. Rachel Simpson is of the opinion that "not everyone wants skyscraper heels and bling", and so her shoes are understated and elegant, originating in vintage ideas. "[They are] beautifully made shoes," Rachel says, "from factories small enough to be as close as I can to making them myself; and prices which may not be pile ‘em high cheap, but offer real value for money for a product manufactured as near to the UK as I could get."
Shoes of Prey is an extremely bride-friendly fashion website as it does everything you wish you could do to create the perfect look for your big day. They have a 3D designer for you to choose the shape, colour and height of your shoes as you would like them to look and feel. They custom make them to your specifications and say that they will ship anywhere in the world in around four weeks, plus shipping. Prices range from €100-€250.