Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The best wedding shoes ever? Artist hand-paints sentimental details and quotes onto bridal shoes

enhanced-21299-1440614084-1.jpg
Figgie Shoes hand painted wedding shoes.JPG

Looking for a pair of wedding shoes that’ll reflect the true nature of your big day? Canadian artist Deborah Thompson may have the answer.

Her company Figgie Shoes specialises in custom hand-painted footwear, that’s more wearable art than fashion statement.

And unsurprisingly, brides to be are queuing up the world over.

What started as a favour for a friend has now become a business that sees Deborah shipping hand decorated shoes to over 40 countries around the globe.

 

A photo posted by Deborah Thomson (@figgieshoes) on

How does it work? Each order starts with a consultation, either by phone or email if you’re not local, so that Deborah can get to know you and what you want.

“I ask for a list of approximately eight to twelve items they’d like incorporated into the design, sometimes offering suggestions to help [customers] think of meaningful things,” she tells BuzzFeed.

You then need send your wedding shoes over to Deborah – they can be flats, heels, trainers, anything – and she comes up with a design.

From personal letters and sentimental quotes written in calligraphy fonts, to patterns, illustrations and embellishments, nothing appears to be out of the question for Deborah.

 

A photo posted by Deborah Thomson (@figgieshoes) on

She’s also created plenty of city inspired shoes, with a pair of peach heels painted to resemble a vintage illustration of hot air balloons flying over Paris being among her favourite creations.

“I’m all about little details and hidden surprises,” Deborah writes on figgieshoes.com.

“My favourite part is hearing and seeing firsthand the reactions from my clients when they first open their shoebox. That reaction makes all the time and effort so worth it.”

See a few of Deborah's hand-painted shoes below...

Louisa, stepping in as quality control... #babyB #figgie #niece

A photo posted by Deborah Thomson (@figgieshoes) on

 

A photo posted by Deborah Thomson (@figgieshoes) on

Remembering these #handpainted #shoes is putting me in the mood for #spring!! #figgie #bouquet

A photo posted by Deborah Thomson (@figgieshoes) on

 

A photo posted by Deborah Thomson (@figgieshoes) on

Painting #shoes for military #brides is always extra special. :) #figgie #handpainted #weddingshoes

A photo posted by Deborah Thomson (@figgieshoes) on

#Painting #Greece in pastels... #figgie #handpainted #weddingshoes

A photo posted by Deborah Thomson (@figgieshoes) on

Love this in-between stage of #painting! #figgie #wedding #bridal #shoes

A photo posted by Deborah Thomson (@figgieshoes) on

Prices start from around £380, see figgieshoes.com for more information

Images: Instagram.com/figgieshoes / Words: Amy Lewis

Related

Nick and Jen Wedding.jpg

The most romantic wedding gesture ever?

3345970_7.jpg

Feast your eyes on these unseen photos from Princess Diana's wedding

rexfeatures_4377307hc.jpg

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's secret wedding: the details

11232897_985195584845909_6834624984541788075_n.jpg

Bride's wedding day saved by kind strangers following Facebook appeal

rexfeatures_1365711b.jpg

Infographic captures the most iconic wedding dresses of all time

followme.PNG

Famous 'follow me' couple post stunning honeymoon pictures

Comments

More

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

24 Jan 2017

Shoes to make you happy: fancy new footwear to click your heels in

Instant cheer

by Amy Swales
22 Jan 2017

Shop the 40 most extravagant pieces of jewellery under £100

What January blues?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
20 Jan 2017

Fashion designers write thank you letters to Michelle Obama

And not just because they don’t want to dress Melania.

by Moya Crockett
20 Jan 2017

37 Valentine's gifts you'll want to buy for yourself

Ditch hearts and flowers for stylish and interesting

by Amy Swales
19 Jan 2017

Why Amanda Seyfried won’t be wearing a white dress at her wedding

The actor is engaged – but she’s not interested in a traditional gown.

by Moya Crockett
18 Jan 2017

Naomi Campbell shares sweet tribute to Kate Moss on her birthday

"I love you wagon"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
16 Jan 2017

This week's Style List

From plant life to shirt goals

by The Stylist web team
15 Jan 2017

New Look have their own budget version of Prada’s new ‘it’ handbag

It’s the ultimate designer dupe…

by Kayleigh Dray
12 Jan 2017

Octavia Spencer on the joy of wearing trousers on the red carpet

“I was able to be freer”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
12 Jan 2017