If only I had known when planning my wedding, all of the things I know now! There isn’t much I would change about our wedding, it was perfect in every way that is important – I married the man I love, feeling like a screen goddess!; surrounded by friends, family and a blanket of joy. If I could change one thing though, it would be my choice of shoes! I LOVE heels and more importantly the way the right pair of heels can make you feel; and I knew exactly what I wanted for my wedding day (that being: vintage inspired Mary Janes in silver – that I could love and wear for years to come) but had not the faintest idea where to start looking for them. I was eventually ‘persuaded’ that they would be too heavy anyway and to buy a pair of ivory satin sandals instead…..Anyway I shan’t dwell, instead let me say now, ladies if you know what you want, don’t let anyone dissuade you that it’s not right (just because its unconventional or not traditional) or that it’s not possible; because there are no rules and ANYTHING is possible, if you know who to go to. And on that note, let me share my latest discovery and shoe obsession Merle & Morris – if you are looking for luxury, affordable, vintage inspired and beautiful shoes for your big day, look no further!
Inspired by their love of shoes and their own search for the perfect bridal shoe, Hazel & Shelley the lovely ladies behind the brand, set out to create a bridal range that they both lusted after and so Merle & Morris was born. This their debut collection of 6 stunning styles is just perfect for the vintage loving modern bride, looking for something other than the conventional ivory satin. Their 16 years in the shoe industry means they dared to think differently when designing their collection, approaching their collection with sophistication, style and elegance whilst never losing sight of the importance of comfort. “We don’t believe you buy your shoes to dance barefoot on your wedding day. We meticulously incorporate comfort into our designs. With supple leather linings and hidden luxurious foam padding deftly built into the structure of the shoe, you receive a luxurious and comfortable fit, without compromising the elegance and lines of the design.” Imagine that ladies, shoes that are both fabulously stylish and comfortable!
Talk about stylish! “We wanted to offer brides something different to the traditional ivory satin. We wanted brides to fall in love with our shoes and so our debut collection embodies the ethos at Merle & Morris, melding the elegance of a bygone era with a unique twist on contemporary design.” I think it’s time to see each of their stunning designs in more detail!
Merle and Morris‘ signature style Anise would make a striking statement for the most special of occasions with its sparkly nude leather and iridescent lizard print and pearl & stone detailing…..
The stunning Beccara with its buttery soft blush pink leather and cutouts around the heel that offer glimpses of the glitter beneath, make this style both subtly dramatic and super pretty…..
With more than a hint of vintage chic about her, the decadent metallic Ginger with its pearl brooch detail is an exciting shoe reminiscent of the glamour and style of a bygone era. Perfect for the bride inspired by the 1950s, I can just see it glimmering under a tea length gown…..
To ensure your wedding shoe experience is the epitome of luxury from beginning to end each Merle & Morris style comes beautifully packaged in their signature pale blue box, complete with blue silk bow. Just imagine having this box delivered to your doorstep…..
Your wedding day is as much a chance to showcase your own personal style as any other day, which is why
Merle & Morris also offer a bespoke service. So, if you love one of these styles but not the colour or finish you see it in, fear not; you are able to take any of their styles and have them made in an array of amazing leathers (including opal effects, crackle metallics and iridescent reptiles mixes) and silks. Just let them know which colour you are looking for and they will send you a lovely selection of materials from their swatch library for you to choose from, so you can be sure you make the perfect choice for your big day or special occasion!
Peeptoe Astrantia‘s appeal is in its understated simplicity – perfect for the bride not used to wearing heels. Its striking iridescent upper brings to mind a stunning abundance of opal.
Super feminine and pretty, Iris is my personal favourite. Gracefully adorned with gemstones and bows she is s
ure to charm you with her timeless appeal…..
Romantic and whimsical, Myrtle is the symbol of love and the perfect name for this sparkly sandal with its embellished feather trim…..
Such beautiful designs, it is hard to believe this is their debut collection! For the moment they have launched exclusively online but they ship worldwide (with the exception of a handful of countries) and I am sure will soon be seen in bridal boutiques far and wide!