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These Custom Wedding Shoes Are Seriously Amazing

Artist Deborah Thomson hand-paints each pair herself.

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If you want to show some personality with your wedding footwear, you will love Figgie Shoes.

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Every pair is hand-painted by Canadian artist Deborah Thomson.

Deborah Thomson figgieshoes.com

Thomson begins the process by consulting with brides.

"I ask for a list of approximately eight to twelve items they'd like incorporated into the design," she tells BuzzFeed Life, "sometimes offering suggestions to help them think of meaningful things."
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"I ask for a list of approximately eight to twelve items they'd like incorporated into the design," she tells BuzzFeed Life, "sometimes offering suggestions to help them think of meaningful things."

During these early conversations, she gets a sense of their personal style and what designs would suit them.

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Then brides send her whatever shoes they would like painted — whether those are heels, flats, or sneakers.

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To bring the designs to life, Thomson, who also works as a wedding photographer, uses a variety of fabric paints and calligraphy inks.

"The fabric, color of the shoes, colors in the design, and style of artwork are all things that make a difference," she says. Each pair takes six to eight hours to paint, though some take several days.
Deborah Thomson figgieshoes.com

"The fabric, color of the shoes, colors in the design, and style of artwork are all things that make a difference," she says. Each pair takes six to eight hours to paint, though some take several days.

This Paris-inspired pair is one of her favorites.

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Sometimes Thomson incorporates handwritten letters.

Deborah Thomson figgieshoes.com
Deborah Thomson figgieshoes.com

Thomson (who is getting married this weekend!) says the best part of the job is working with brides.

"Working with brides has always been a fun and personal thing for me," she says. "I don't ever want anyone to feel that they're just a number on a worksheet. I have SO enjoyed getting to know and to communicate with brides or just fans who reach out on my social media sites."
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"Working with brides has always been a fun and personal thing for me," she says. "I don't ever want anyone to feel that they're just a number on a worksheet. I have SO enjoyed getting to know and to communicate with brides or just fans who reach out on my social media sites."

Figgie Shoes start at $598 and ship worldwide.

See more of Thomson's work on her website and Instagram.
Deborah Thomson figgieshoes.com

See more of Thomson's work on her website and Instagram.