Thursday, 23 May 2013
Playing shoe designer is one of my favourite ways to waste hours of my morning (only just behind getting lost in a Buzzfeed blackhole and throwing balled up newspaper for the kitten to play with). I'm already having a long-term love affair with Upper Street, but after this morning, I'm thinking that I might have a thing on the side with the new kid on the block: Shoes of Prey.
The thing I like most about Shoes of Prey? BROGUES! I'm a recent brogue convert and the idea of making my own is very exciting. For £109 those Oxfords will be handmade just for you. In pink, if you'd prefer. Or with a heel.
There are some potential downsides to the shoes, especially if you're used to creating designs on Upper Street: I can't find a strappy strap. Now, this might not seem like a big deal but thanks to an old foot injury I can't wear a court without a strap, my feet slip and everything hurts for days after. I love the chunky straps on these sandals, though. I'd rock these.
It's hard not to compare Shoes of Prey to Upper Street, and I think both have positives. I do prefer US's design platform. I think the software is simpler and it's just a little more elegant to use. The Shoes of Prey software feels a little clunky in comparison and I think you get a better idea of the shoe with Upper Street. But I do like the other options that you get with Shoes of Prey (brogues! brogues!) and I do love a wedge heel.
I'm also really impressed with the price point - prices start at £109. Not too shabby for a pair of shoes that you created yourself. Their shoes are made in European sizes, starting at a size 34 (a size 1!) and going up to a 49 - that's a size 13.5, fact fans. SIZE 13.5!
And if you really want something crazy on your feet, then Shoes of Prey have plenty of options for those - I don't think I could wear these to the office (that's a fiv, I could and I would). Of course, with any design creation software your creations can be as bold as you like, it's very much what you make of it. There's only one way for you to find out, go lose your lunchbreak to making a pair of shoes or seven.