I am fortunate enough to do my perfect job, which allows me to get to enjoy every day.
On September 2016 I felt lucky indeed to be able to create my own wedding shoes. The perfect shoes for the big day! Let me tell you a little about the creative process which is, all in all, always the same before starting a new collection.
The starting point for my 1950s, vintage inspired, wedding shoes started as always with a mood board (I love mood boards!)
In its simplest form, a mood board is a collection of elements -think textures, color palettes, inspirational images, etc. -that are all related to a central design theme, compiled together into a single document in an attempt to convey the overall atmosphere, tone, and positioning of a creative concept.
In this case I tried to reflect the wedding colors -olive green, ivory and dust pink- together with some inspiration for the dress, the key items of my future wedding shoes and my wedding muses: Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly. Classic and timeless inspiration for a very special moment.
Then sketching starts.
(Cat assistant´s name is Jeannie)
I refined my ideas several times before I was confident that I've created my perfect wedding shoes: a strappy sandal style inspired in the characteristic 50s patterns, with ankle straps and peep toe. Yay!
Each design starts with developing the last -a mould which defines the shape and comfort of the finished shoe. Long Gone Shoes´ lasts are based on vintage shoes, capturing the timeless elegance of a bygone era. Each style, including this special one, is tested by our skilled team and goes through several development processes to ensure the perfect fit, finding the perfect heel and the most vintage-alike outsole... All to achieve the authenticity we pursue, with the maximum comfort and the Made in Spain quality.
Last and heel were the same as in our Springolators Collection, and the pattern was copied from an original 1950s style from my personal collection: a beautiful pair of strappy sandals made out of some kind of synthetic thread fabric in light blue. Label reads Distinctive Footwear - Burt Lewis Bootery for Saks Fifth Avenue.
Then look for a nice fabric, a silk-satin blend to match my wedding gown in ivory, combined with our signature lining in blush-pink soft leather and a vintage style buckle for the ankle straps. I love the stage when I get to see my ideas come to life!
I decided to add an eye-catching embellishment to the style, a detachable floral composition to match my vintage headpiece and inspired by Brian Atwood´s bridal collection. Our local supplier, a small workshop where every piece is handmade one by one, made it with the same fabric used on the shoes.
The final stage is to make a sample and ensure the shoes are perfect in terms of fit and comfort, two key and integral ingredients at Long Gone Shoes.
Shoe making is made up of a series of intricate processes and our team of craftsmen have honed skills passed down from generation to generation. Each shoe is carefully hand finished ensuring that each pair is the ultimate of perfection.
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