We do get a little bit shoe obsessed at times behind the scenes at Rock My Wedding and when we started planning Va Va Vintage week as while back we had just met the lovely Jo from Emmy shoes, at Julia Boggio’s studio launch. Another wedding industry Pro that I have been wanting to share for some time, but have been waiting for the perfect occasion, Emmy shoes are vintage inspired beauties made with the most beautiful materials.
The lovely Emmy herself agreed to answer a few questions for us so lets start with finding out exactly what goes into the Emmy experience…
Can you talk us through the process a Bride goes through when purchasing an Emmy shoe?
The Emmy experience starts with a visit to a our gorgeously girly studio for a one on one appointment.We ask you bring along a swatch of your dress and a picture so we can help narrow down your choices from the vast range of possiblilties!
You will try on lots of different shoes to get a feel for what is comfortable and what suits you and your look, and then we will talk through the options to tailor the style you like to your personal vision. We can do this by making the shoe on different heel heights, so even if you need to go for a low heel there is no need to compromise on the glam factor, we also have lots of gorgeous materials to choose from, we work a lot in suede which is really soft and comfortable as well as looking and feeling luxurious.
Most brides find the most exciting part of the appointment looking at the different embellishments, we have lots of beautiful details in crystal, pearl, silk and beading, we are particularly excited at the moment about our new milk glass based trims which are going to be part of the new ‘Secret Garden’ collection. We also custom make hair decorations to match the shoes, or your dress, and these don’t take as long as the shoes, so lots of girls who don’t have 12-14 weeks left come to us for the perfect vintage style finishing touch.
Once you have designed your dream shoes they take 12-14 weeks to make and then we call you back for another appointment to try on your creations, check everything is perfect and take them away with you.
Can you recommend a particular shoe in the collection for each popular vintage era our brides might be channelling?
Many of the shoes in the collection are inspired by real vintage designs so we have lots of shoes really appropriate for creating a vintage look.
For the twenties look a shoe with a jewelled t-bar such as ‘Eva’ is perfect, especially if you go for the fan jewelling as this a classic twenties design shape. I’ve also designed some gorgeous art deco inspired hair decorations to complete the look, the fan and feather comb would be perfect for a flapper style dress.
I had a thirties style wedding dress myself, and designed the ‘Emmy’ shoe with some glamourous thirties style pearl and crystal beading round the topline to complement it perfectly.
For the forties look shoes tend to have a bolder shape, something with a platform such as our new ‘Hannah’ shoe would be gorgeous with a shorter forties style dress. There are a few option for a fifties style dress, a pointed sling back is a classic fifties shape, but for a slightly more glam look a peep toe court shoe is a fantastic option, I love the ‘Rose’ style with satin sash and crystal buckle with fifties dresses.
When you are creating a vintage look it is also worth considering softer colours such as blush, oyster or grey rather than white or ivory for the shoes, not only does this complement vintage style dresses, but you are left with a much more wearable pair of shoes you can treasure for years to come.
When you’re not wearing Emmy, which shoe designer is your absolute favourite to splurge on?
Apart from Emmy my shoe passion is for vintage finds, I love to browse flea markets in the hope of finding that hidden gem. I am lucky to have Camden Passage very close to my studio, which not only has a great market on Wednesdays and Saturdays but has the gorgeous Annie’s for a selection of very special pieces.
Aside from all the beautiful shoe creations, Emmy also make a stunning range of vintage inspired accessories with head bands, combs and even a matching handbag for the Bride who can’t live without one!
Will you be wearing Emmy shoes for your big day?