Design and Win Your Dream Shoes With Upper Street!

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I have been a big fan of Upper Street shoes for a long time. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play shoe designer once in a while? So when they got in touch to tell me all about their new personal inscription service, and to ask me if I’d like to give it a go, there was no way I was going to say no to an offer like that!

I am a flats girl. I’ve tried many many times to do the whole heels thing, but alas I’m just too uncoordinated. I love Upper Street for offering ballet flats in their range and it was a total no-brainer that this was the style I was going to go for. I mean, I was tempted by the fabulous killer heels, but what’s the point of designing your dream shoes if you’re never going to actually wear them!?

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of all things bright and beautiful, but I actually decided to go for something more – ahem – subtle (for me) for this shoe. I have plenty of eye-gauging pairs already and so I figured that a nice soft grey would be the perfect addition to my ever-expanding collection. The heart motif stole my… er… heart and I couldn’t stop at just one so I added one to the front and the back! OK, OK so I did go for a brilliant teal and bright, bright pink for the hearts, but give a girl a break, how could I not?!

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One of the many things that I love about Upper Street is their HUGE variety of fabrics and colours. I went for a suede for the main shoe and metallic leather (oh yes!) for the hearts. Yes, of course I was tempted by the animal prints, snakeskin and patent options, in fact I had to forcibly restrain myself from adding ALL OF THEM!

Upper Street are perfect for brides-to-be (and maybe their very lucky bridesmaids). If you’ve been struggling to find your perfect wedding day shoe, then look no further! If you use their bridal service you’re treated to some lovely added extras including the new personal inscription service where you can add a cute little message. I had mine read “Designed by Rock n Roll Bride” but you could have anything. How about your new married name or your wedding date? You can even add a blue insole as your ‘something blue’ and if you have a specific material you’d like to use in your shoes they can source that for you too!

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Their VIP appointment service at their North London offices is also great (I’ve had one before). If you prefer to do things in person and would like to try on shoe samples, flick through the material options or receive advice and help with designing your shoes before you order, this is a brilliant option.

Oh and as a final point, you need not worry about your custom beauties not fitting. Upper Street offer a free alter or remake service if you get your shoes and they’re not quite perfect. How ace is that?! When mine arrived they were a little bit too tight so they told me to send them back and they made me a brand new pair, half a size bigger. How’s that for incredible customer service?!

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The Contest

Not only did those lovely Upper Street babes send me a pair of new foot candy (damn, I love my job) but they also wanted to offer one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader the chance to have her dream wedding shoe made as well. The prize also includes a complimentary VIP appointment service (if you’re not in the UK or able to get to London you don’t have to take this – you can just order your shoes online).

Entering couldn’t be easier, pop over to their website and use their super-simple 3D design tool to create the shoes of your dreams. Then head back here and post a link to your design in the comments (select the shoe you want to submit, click on it and then click on the ‘customise’ button to get the URL) and in 50 words or less lets us know the story behind your design and why this is the perfect one for you.

This contest is now closed

Upper Street and I will then pick our eight favourite shoes and stories. The finalists will be uploaded to the Upper Street facebook page where the public will vote for the ultimate winner, who will have her shoe dreams made into reality!

You have one week, until Midnight on September 22nd, to design and enter your shoe. Good luck babes!

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Ts & Cs

♥ The winner will receive one pair of design your own shoes from Upper Street worth up to £350 in their shoe size between sizes 33 – 44.
♥ To enter, contestants should design their shoes using the 3D software at www.upperstreet.com or the iPad app and then save it to ‘My Collection’ (registration required). Next the contestant will need to open their shoe in ‘My Collection’ & click on the ‘customise’ button to get the URL of their shoe. Post the URL along with your story in the comments section on the Rock n Roll Bride blog post.
♥ Closing date for shoe design entries is midnight 22/09/2013. Eight entries will be selected by Kat Williams & Upper Street and these designs will be uploaded onto the Upper Street Facebook on 23/09/13 and the winner will be the shoe design with the most Likes by midnight on 23/09/13.
♥ Only 1 entry per email/IP address. If more than 1 entry is submitted, we’ll take the first entry received.
♥ Contest is open to all readers of Rock n Roll Bride who are aged 18 or over only and are not employees of Upper Street or affiliates. Depending on your home country, you may be liable to pay customs charges to receive your prize.
♥ By entering the competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.
♥ The winning design will be contacted via their email address within a week of the designed being voted the winner. Rock n Roll Bride/Upper Street will not amend contact information provided.
♥ The prize may not be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered.
♥ Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties.
♥ Kat Williams’ decision and any decision taken by the promoter is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
♥ The winner will be invited to a complimentary VIP appointment at the Upper Street Studio in Highbury, London to try on shoes, view samples and receive advice and help with designing their shoes. The winner will be responsible for any travel costs involved.
♥ The winner will have up to six months from the date of winning the prize to redeem the offer code.
♥ By entering the competition the contestant grants Upper Street (London) Ltd and their respective successors as well as other persons or entities authorised by Upper Street (London) Ltd, free of charge, an exclusive, irrevocable, transferable, perpetual, worldwide license to use the copyright, related rights or any other intellectual property rights that have arisen by law or will arise by law in the designs submitted in connection with the competition in any manner whatsoever for any purposes related to the competition and in particular for reports, documentaries, public relations and advertising. The contestant also grants rights for all kinds of use, including but not limited to the right to commercially retail, photograph, film and print the designs, drawings and other graphic works for commercial and non-commercial purposes as of the time each respective right arises. Upper Street (London) Ltd is entitled to publish and produce the designs, but has no obligation to do so.
♥ The contestant waives his or her right to be named.
♥ Upper Street (London) Limited, its affiliated companies and their respective successors accept no responsibility for the designs submitted. All designs that violate existing law are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to designs that violate criminal law, copyright law, trademarks and other distinctive signs, personality rights and other third-party rights.
♥ No purchase necessary but registration with Upper Street is required.

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Just in case you’re wondering, my a scuba (!) skirt is from River Island, my sequin ‘boom!’ jumper is by Pink and my flower head crown is Crown and Glory (who else?!)

49 comments

  1. Brittany Atkinson

    When I saw Upper Street has heart shoes, I jumped right on this! We’re getting married two days before Christmas and are having a Valentine’s day meets Christmas theme since our first date was the day before Valentine’s in 2009. My wedding dress is pink to honor my mom who passed in 2000 (her favorite flower was the pink rose) and the baby pink bridal satin in the perfect color to go with that. We’re plastering hearts on everything. I think the gold will be so pretty with the Christmas decor and the red snakeskin material makes me think of fiery love, which we have 🙂
    Thanks so much for hosting this contest xxo

    http://www.upperstreet.com/shoedesigner/flash_shoe_designer.php?mode=front&shoeId=91791593&userId=34682&shoeName=Big+Day+Hearts

  2. Post author

    Hey Diane, I think you posted the link wrong, I dont see your shoes. Make sure you select the shoe you want to submit, click on it and then click on the ‘customise’ button to get the URL

  3. Penny Stephan

    Hopefully this link works – http://shar.es/iEDim

    Was sooo exciting to be able to design my own shoes – I didnt know you could do it! I have been desperately trying to find a pair of shoes that goes with my vintagey theme of ivory and purples, its not a colour combo that is seen together very often. Would truly adore these!

  4. Penny Stephan

    Hopefully this link works – http://shar.es/iEDim

    Was sooo exciting to be able to design my own shoes – I didnt know you could do it! I have been desperately trying to find a pair of shoes that goes with my vintagey theme of ivory and purples, its not a colour combo that is seen together very often. Would truly adore these!

  5. Post author

    Oh laura I cant see them. I think you posted the link wrong, I dont see your shoes. Make sure you select the shoe you want to submit, click on it and then click on the ‘customise’ button to get the URL

  6. Lucy Rose Valentine

    Okay so my wedding shoes are definitely not to everyone’s wedding taste! I have had to choose heels but I would want them flat as I am 6ft and my partner is 3 inches shorter than I am, so I don’t really want to be bending down to kiss him on our wedding day!! I love the classic tan straps with hints of coral and leopard print… told ya they were a bit weird!

    http://www.upperstreet.com/shoedesigner/flash_shoe_designer.php?mode=front&shoeId=91791655&userId=34708&shoeName=Wedding

  7. Kristen

    http://www.upperstreet.com/shoedesigner/flash_shoe_designer.php?mode=front&shoeId=91791744&userId=34733&shoeName=Wedding

    My shoe design reflects the color palette of my alt Jane Austen wedding theme. Due to a disability, I can no longer wear my beloved heels. It’s hard to find flats that are just as cute as all of those super cute heels I’ve been lusting after. I love the idea that I can create my own flats that are just as cute and photogenic as all of those heels I see on various blogs and wedding mags.

  8. Kristen B

    With Autumn just around the corner I designed a pump titled “Autumn Jungle”.
    The fall season is famous for neutral colors and dark tones. Although I did stick to a nude/black snake print the pop of red gives it a fun flare. This was inspired by my favorite season which is a transition between summer and winter. The red is wild and accents the nude tones. This is a classy pump while still being fierce. Something I try to live my life by.

    http://www.upperstreet.com/shared-collections/my-collection-detail.php?ItemID=91791796&order=

  9. Such fun Kat! What a great idea. I love my shoe. I’ve taken a classic design and some of my favourite elements to create a shoe for the Autumn/ Winter season which will see me through high level meetings and into the evening no probs. I’ve incorporated the warmth of chocolate brown snakeskin with a vibrant red suede and would team this with a black dress or trousers for formal. The bling encrusted snakeskin strap and silver snakeskin platform/heel will transform it for the evening. At £315 it’s a snip and I love the gold lining 🙂
    http://www.upperstreet.com/shoedesigner/flash_shoe_designer.php?mode=front&shoeId=91791969&userId=34761&shoeName=AW2013DevilishDayNight

  10. Helen

    I love these shoes (and now addicted with designing my shoes) as they are sooo me and they go with our rock/metal festival theme!! According to my grandfather im am Imelda Marcos the 2nd but im struggling to find my glass slippers to go with my traditional wedding dress i have already and soo with the tatts, the dress and the shoes wedfest 2014 can commence!! and if like Diddy Lou, I fail I will also whip out the credit card and be purchasing my design…. Thanks Kat xx

    http://www.upperstreet.com/shared-collections/my-collection-detail.php?ItemID=91792007&order=

  11. This shoe designing website is AMAZING!!! I could easily spend loads of time designing lots of shoes!!

    I’m getting Married August next year and I have been looking for a perfect pair of red flats to wear. Our wedding theme is Alice in Wonderland tea party. I designed these simple red flats with the heart of the back to represent the queen of hearts. These would be absolutely perfect for the big day and you have no idea how loud I will scream with delight if I won this comptetition! – I rarely win anything :o(

    Plus if I get to go to London for the day to the complimentary VIP appointment at the Upper Street Studio, I will plan a day in London with friends and perhaps finally get to enjoy afternoon tea with them somewhere plush!

    My fingers and toes are crossed (Eeeeep!!) x x

  12. This shoe designing website is AMAZING!!! I could easily spend loads of time designing lots of shoes!!

    http://www.upperstreet.com/shoedesigner/flash_shoe_designer.php?mode=front&shoeId=91792040&userId=34776&shoeName=Queen+of+Hearts

    I’m getting Married August next year and I have been looking for a perfect pair of red flats to wear. Our wedding theme is Alice in Wonderland tea party. I designed these simple red flats with the heart of the back to represent the queen of hearts. These would be absolutely perfect for the big day and you have no idea how loud I will scream with delight if I won this comptetition! – I rarely win anything 😮 (

    Plus if I get to go to London for the day to the complimentary VIP appointment at the Upper Street Studio, I will plan a day in London with friends and perhaps finally get to enjoy afternoon tea with them somewhere plush!

    My fingers and toes are crossed (Eeeeep!!) x x

  13. Dear Kat,

    My name is Athena, I am an artist from Utah. I have been with my boyfriend for almost four years and we met at Burning Man. Burning Man is a week long art festival in the middle of the Black Rock Nevada desert. We plan on being wed in October on our anniversary (just not sure of the year we are not rushing). We want anything but a traditional wedding. I plan on making all of my own decorations from the center pieces to the wedding cake topper. I love very different things that are not the norm. My dress will not be all white and will have black and orange accents. These shoes will be great and compliment the whole theme. =)

    http://www.upperstreet.com/shoedesigner/flash_shoe_designer.php?mode=front&shoeId=91791910&userId=34712&shoeName=Halloween+chic

    ~Athena

  14. Rocky

    These represent the year apart my fiance and I have had while we’ve awaited our wedding in separate countries. The black is the difficulty,the fuchsia is the adventure that awaits us and the white is the hope of the wedding. We’re honeymooning in Kenya, so the zebra inspiration was fitting!

    http://shar.es/iRGXF

  15. http://www.upperstreet.com/shoedesigner/flash_shoe_designer.php?mode=front&shoeId=91792485&userId=34837&shoeName=Purple%2Fblack+str+court I am working on losing weight (like 11 stone of weight!) and as I get slimmer I am starting to get more confidence. It has been ages since I’ve been able to balance in heels, I’m training myself back into them. I think these are gorgeous and if I had them sitting waiting for me, they would really help to inspire me to reach my goal. I’m already planning my new look for when I reach my target weight, and gorgeous shoes are a HUGE part of that! You can see my weight loss blog at http://26to12.wordpress.com

  16. Helen Tiplady

    Hi Kat, My wedding is in 5 weeks and I am still searching for the perfect pair of flats, so when this opportunity came up I couldn’t wait to get designing! I have been on this site so many times, if only I could afford their gorgeous creations.

    About my shoes: I designed these flats as a perfect compliment to my white and pink wedding dress, with a hint of blue to make my bridesmaids dresses really pop. Nearly everything for my wedding is handmade, so the addition of handmade shoes would really be the icing on the cake!

    http://www.upperstreet.com/shoedesigner/flash_shoe_designer.php?mode=front&shoeId=91792587&userId=34694&shoeName=pink+and+blue+bow+flat

  17. Nia

    http://www.upperstreet.com/shoedesigner/flash_shoe_designer.php?mode=front&shoeId=91793193&userId=34735&shoeName=Wedding+Wonders

    This competition sounds too good to be true! I am getting married next year and whilst I have got my dress the shoes have been another story entirely. Not only do I want a pair that are special and unique but I also have the problem of very big feet! I’m so chuffed that Upper Street do shoes up to a size 44 as well as providing the option to reduce the heel size upon checkout (being 6’1”, this is essential!)

    We are getting married in a tiny church on a beach on Anglesey so I’ve chosen a lovely, Summery peep toe style. My other half will be wearing red shorts therefore I’ve included a striking red heel to compliment the sea blue.

    Thanks Kat and Upper Street for the opportunity to enter such an awesome contest!

    Nia x

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