Emmy’s shoe tips

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Most women, what­ever shape or size they are, love shoes. You don’t need to look a cer­tain way to en­joy them and feel amaz­ing Emmy Scarter­field talks to Hetty Chid­wick

‘Many peo­ple have one foot that’s big­ger than the other and the best way to stretch shoes is with your own feet— have a hot bath, dry your feet and, while they’re still warm, put on stock­ings, then the shoes and pad around the house for half an hour. The warmth will make the leather stretch more quickly.

Suede has a bad rep­u­ta­tion for mark­ing and stain­ing, how­ever, a clean­ing block (not un­like a pumice stone) gets rid of marks eas­ily by brush­ing up the nap. Suede also ab­sorbs colour well and will dye eas­ily if you want to wear white bri­dal shoes again or match a pair to a spe­cific out­fit.’

On a hot sum­mer’s day in London, I slipped into a cool, calm par­adise at 74, Ful­ham Road, home to Emmy London, de­signer of some of the most fem­i­nine shoes on the mar­ket. Emmy started her footwear and ac­ces­sories com­pany when a friend asked for help find­ing a pair of bri­dal shoes. See­ing a gap in the mar­ket, Emmy’s pretty shoes quickly be­came the talk of the town and now, 13 years later, the mother of twin girls is at the top of her game.

Although el­e­gant, be­spoke bri­dal de­signs ac­count for 20% of sales, Emmy London shoes are not just for wed­dings. Emmy can cre­ate elab­o­rate em­bel­lished footwear that’s fit for a princess, but she also de­signs for the more ma­ture woman who wants to feel com­fort­able yet stylish in her shoes.

‘Stay within your com­fort zone, but think out of the box a lit­tle and try on a few styles. It’s most im­por­tant to feel com­fort­able and se­cure in your shoes,’ in­sists Emmy. ‘I’ve spent a lot of time per­fect­ing the physics of the de­signs so that they’re per­fectly bal­anced—there’s noth­ing worse than shoes ru­in­ing your day.’

Emmy does sell shoes and ac­ces­sories on­line, but I would strongly rec­om­mend go­ing into the store in or­der to ex­pe­ri­ence the full ser­vice. Per­fectly po­si­tioned near many bri­dal and mother-of-the-bride bou­tiques, there will be no hissy-fits here as the ac­ces­sories are of­ten the most en­joy­able part of shop­ping for an event— no mir­ror cri­tique needed.

When you put on high heels as exquis­tely made as these, es­pe­cially if you’re hav­ing a bad day, you truly feel as if you can conquer the world. Be­spoke Suzan­nah court shoe in duck egg, £480 (020–7704 0012; www.em­my­lon­don.com)

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