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These Custom Wedding Shoes Are Seriously Amazing

Artist Deborah Thomson hand-paints each pair herself.

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Thomson begins the process by consulting with brides.

Deborah Thomson

"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."


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

Deborah Thomson

"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.


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

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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."