Ever gone shopping for a specific style and spent hours with no luck? I have, many, many times. When it comes to shoes, you really want to spend your money on something that is exactly what you want, 'cause, let's face it, shoes are not cheap. I'm pretty sure that most of my money has gone to my collection of shoes and most of the time, I make the mistake of settling on styles that aren't really what I want and only end up wearing them once out of principle of buying them. Also, you can't resell them as easily as you do clothes - not many people want second-hand shoes - not knowing how many times someone else's could-be sweaty feet were in them (#firstworldproblems, I know).
A few years ago, I browsed through the Shoes of Prey stall at Sydney Fashion Weekend. Custom-made shoes! My prayers were answered. More recently, I was lucky enough to collaborate with this brand. I designed my very own shoes where I could choose the style, material and colours - these photos show my creation. I've long been searching for this kind of 'naked' heel but the ones in stores are usually a little generic, especially when it comes to the colour (black, nude, etc.). Or, when I do find it in a colour that's quite unique, the fit and/or style is off.
I decided to go for a rose gold/grey combination. I find that these two colours go really well together for a subtle, elegant and chic look that doesn't overpower an outfit. For the grey components, I chose to use suede over the other types of leather as the others can look quite tacky. Suede provides that softness the grey needs to exude luxury. The rose gold brings that pop of colour to an otherwise dull palette. But, of course, I only used it for the smaller parts of the shoe. Too much rose gold and you should be on your way to your disastrous Year 10 formal.
Another positive for Shoes of Prey is that they cater for all types of people. The sizes range from a US2 to a US13 and there are styles for people with narrow or wide feet. The company was founded on the issue the majority of us have to deal with - the inability to find the perfect shoe all the time.
Currently, they are holding a competition which could see you winning a new pair of shoes every week for a year. Go over to their site to learn more!