Hot on the heels (no pun intended 😉) of our amazing guest blogs from Hermione Harbutt and Flossy & Leigh, I’m over the moon that we’ve secured another exclusive, this time in the form of shoe designer extraordinaire Ruth Shaw.
Ever since Ruth’s amazing shoe label, Harriet Wilde, was launched in 2008, demand for her unique, luxurious and hand-crafted wedding shoes has been high! We’ve been stocking Harriet Wilde shoes at LOVE since we first opened our doors seven years ago and our LOVE brides adore her classically modern style, the gorgeous embellishments, wide range of heel sizes and the way her shoes are completely customisable.
In this blog, Ruth will talk you through the different ways you can customise her shoes to create something that is one of a kind and unique to you. Shoes that you can treasure on your wedding day, and wear for years to come after you say, ‘I do’.
I’m a shoe designer, yet back in 2008, when I was getting married, I really struggled to find a wedding shoe that was modern, stylish and fashion-forward.
This was when I took the leap and decided to create Harriet Wilde (named after my Great Grandmother). I wanted to create shoes that were luxurious and embellished but also designed to specifically complement wedding dresses, as well as being comfortable and practical.
Over a decade later, I’m thrilled that Harriet Wilde has gone from strength to strength, producing beautifully crafted shoes that brides continue to want to wear. One of the reasons our shoes continue to appeal is the care we put into creating each one. All of our unique embellishments are lovingly designed by my team, crafted in Spain, and attached by hand in our London studio. We use only the most luxurious materials and each shoe is made by an artisan shoemaker, providing unparalleled comfort and support all day.
Brides tell me that one of the main reasons they choose my shoes is because they are customisable. So, I want to share with you some of the fun, meaningful and beautiful ways a pair of Harriet Wilde shoes can be customised to ensure you feel super special on your big day.
Brides can choose any embellishment from our main range and they can be attached to any of our satin or kid suede styles. Embellishments include intricate, intertwined leaves in beautiful silver and gold, as well as pretty cherry blossom flowers in a variety of colours, pearl flowers and Swarovski crystals. Brides can also choose from embellishment attached to the heels, straps and even covering the whole shoe. And happily, this service takes just two weeks from order to delivery!
As part of an extra special and personal service, we can create bespoke embellishments at a bride’s request.
My signature leaves can be made in a variety of metallic finishes and the flower petals can be re-coloured to any shade. The bespoke embellishments can be attached to any satin or kid suede style from our collection. Due to the consultation time and handcrafted element of this service, bespoke embellished shoes can take eight weeks to arrive from order.
Each pair of our satin shoes (including the embellished styles) has the versatility to be re-coloured and enjoyed after the wedding.
Or, if you would prefer a pop of colour on your big day, they can be dyed to match any shade. This dyeing service takes three weeks to complete. The dye is precisely applied by hand in a skilled and experienced process, and we can create any required colour or shade except for white.
Our custom wedding shoe and handbag atelier service means you can choose any handbag or shoe style from the main range and we can create something completely bespoke.
This means any colour, material, embellishment, adding straps, removing straps and even shoe stretching if required!
Wedding shoes from our Atelier Service are custom designed by my team in consultation with you, and then handmade by our artisan shoemakers in Spain. This process can take between 10-12 weeks, although we would recommend allowing extra time before placing your order, so we can ensure everything is absolutely perfect for you.
Every bride’s tolerance for heels is different, why is why Harriet Wilde shoes can be customised by heel height and heel style. From kitten heels to block heels to stiletto heels, you can create your perfect shoe from scratch.
A fun way to personalise your wedding shoes is to write a message on the sole of your shoe. This service takes as little as two weeks, and we can add any short message you choose, in any colour you choose.
I particularly love the example shown here of a married name along with the date of the wedding, what a wonderful keepsake!
Getting married is the biggest day of a girl’s life, and I believe that only the most special pair of shoes will do! To see the full range of Harriet Wilde shoes as well as all the wild and wonderful ways the team at Harriet Wilde can customise them to create something unique to you, visit our website for more details, or get in touch with Emma and her team at the beautiful LOVE Bridal Boutique!