Shoe shopping for me is rarely about those moments of unadulterated lust. My shoe shopping experiences are usually a bit beige. Quite literally. I can count 8 pairs of nude heels in my cupboard. I can’t squeeze my tootsies into Louboutins or Manolos, and while it means that I can totally justify an over-the-top handbag spend (right?), my poor feet don’t know what it is to feel really ruddy special.
That’s why I’m very interested to see what Upper Street’s new collaboration with celebrity stylist Nicole Smallwood throws up.
You’ll probably already know Upper Street as the innovative footwear company that invites you to turn shoe-designer. (Check out its website to create your dream creation). But extensive research by founders Julia Grinham and Katy Chandler brought them to the conclusion that the choice available for larger footed women was “depressingly unstylish” (they’re not blooming wrong), and that there was a gap in the market for a decent range of ready-made shoes in bigger sizes.
Now they’re set to launch a new ready-to-wear range designed by Nicole Smallwood (herself 5ft10 with size 43 feet). Nicole says, “Since the age of 18 I’ve had a size 9/10 foot and always found it a complete nightmare to go shoe shopping. I couldn’t even find one pair of shoes that fit never mind finding something fashionable that I wanted to buy. The aim of my first collection is to help remove the stigma from having larger feet and produce a line that shows it is possible to have fashionable shoes in larger sizes”.
Let me know what you think when the site goes live on 1st October. Prices start from £170 in a range of heel heights in 2 different width fittings. Alternative sizes, materials and heel heights can also be made to order.
Anyone found any other places on the web for posh and pretty shoes I can squeeze my size 43s into?