#SHOESDAY: Something old, something new, say I do to the perfect bridal shoe

Walk down the aisle in style with Charlotte Mills shoes 

All brides know the traditional rhyme ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe’ said to bring luck and joy on the wedding and for married life.

But with so many things to consider when planning a wedding this saying is often forgotten among flowers, place settings, bridesmaids and cake tastings.

Not anymore.

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Now brides can tick off each item of the rhyme with a single pair of beautiful Charlotte Mill shoes.

Each pair of handcrafted shoes is finished with a silver sixpence (ticking off old) embedded into the leather sole. The new (tick) shoes have blue (tick) detailing and come lovingly wrapped in their box with a borrowed (tick) envelope. The idea is that the bride takes a photograph wearing the shoes on her wedding day and pops it in the envelope and sends it back.

“We absolutely love getting these envelopes in the post,” explains Charlotte. “It’s so nice to see that our brides have taken the time to send us images. We put them all up in our boutique.”

Charlotte debuted her first collection in 2014, after graduating from the prestigious Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion. Success came quickly and she now has two boutiques and over 50 stockists across Europe, America, Australia, Japan and Canada.

She has boutiques located in Wimbledon, London and the village of Uppermill in Saddleworth.

Charlotte’s designs are more than your average bridal shoe. She describes her shoes as “romantic yet fun, with fashion forward styling”.

Brides seem to be more fashion-conscious than ever, letting traditional aspects take a back in seat when making choices about their wedding day.

“Our metallic shoes, especially the rose gold ones, have been incredibly popular at the moment.

“We design our shoes to be worn again, so we try to incorporate more fashion elements. It’s about finding a good balance,” Charlotte explains.

Her designs have trend-led elements, such as metallic heels, lace-up straps and mesh panelling with classic bridal components of shape, material and ivory colour. Many include heart motifs, which have become a signature detail of Charlotte’s brand.

Blossom £230, Blondie Gold £275, Andi Swarovski Heart £360

“Keeping the colour palette muted by using mainly ivory with a splash of light blue, metallics and greys keeps our shoes looking bridal.

“I think when you’re spending this much money on a pair of shoes it’s important to be able to wear them for more than just one day!” she adds.

Recently Charlotte has ventured away from bridal and further explored fashion footwear with the launch of her first Ready To Wear collection.

“As much as I love designing bridal there are a lot of restrictions. So it seemed like the natural next step, creating a collection for women who let their shoes do the talking.”

The RTW designs include colour palettes and shapes that are very different from bridal collections. A stark contrast to the elegant ivory offerings you’ll find hot pinks, black caging and mosaic patterns.

Dani

Dani £285

The fashion collection proved successful, with many of pairs selling out. New designs for A/W 2017 will be available from September and Charlotte is already working hard creating 2018’s S/S offerings.

Follow Charlotte on Instagram to keep up with new designs.

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