Ever have a specific shoe design in mind but can’t seem to find it anywhere? Say hello to Upper Street! Created by Julia Grinham and Katy Chandler, the website is a gold mine of exotic materials, unique shapes, and countless possibilities. Even if you’re not planning on buying a pair, the Shoe Designer is so much fun to play with that you’ll spend many hours coming up with different combinations. I discovered this site about a year ago, and since then have been building my own little online collection.
With Upper Street, you even have a chance to win your own custom pair! Follow them on Twitter @UpperStreetShoe, and every Tuesday you can enter a photo of your shoes. And if you think your chances are slim, think again! Last week I entered with my candy-red pumps and won! This is an absolute dream-come-true for any shoe lover, and I’m excited to share my experience with you.
Upper Street is fun and easy to use. There are design ideas, swatch galleries, and a lot of other information about their shoes. If you live nearby, you can even book an appointment to try on shoes and get help with the design process! But if not, you can always just use their online Shoe Designer, which guides you through the process of creating your ideal shoe.
You start by picking a “base style” for your shoe. There are several toe shapes, heel heights, and platform heights available. This is further customizable because you can choose a front style, back style, and add straps and embellishments.
When you’re done customizing the structure of your shoe, you get to choose the materials. This is my favorite part! Upper Street offers a large selection of colors in a variety of materials, including leather, suede, patent, snakeskin, and satin. And the color choices are endless!
As you’re designing, there’s a nifty little tool to see how much your shoe costs. Prices for Upper Street shoes vary depending on the style and materials you use. Most of the designs I created are out of my price range (boo for student loan debt). But if you can afford it, I think it’s worth it to pay a little more for unique shoes than to get what everyone else already has.
After you’re done, you can save your shoes in a collection, which you can later share to get opinions from your friends. Designing many combinations is easy, the toughest part is choosing which pair to purchase! I designed about 30 before I finally narrowed it down to the following six designs. Which pair is your favorite? Leave your comment below!