Good morning + happy February 14th to all you lovelies out there! Valentine’s Day is always an exciting time for us at GWS—there are so many things to celebrate: unique weddings, awe-inspiring engagements, and fresh creativity for the new year. Well…this year we have one more thing to add to the list of reasons to revel, and it comes in the form of our latest collaboration: the GWS Zadie Shoe! Yep, that’s right!! We teamed up with Rachel Simpson for the first ever GWS shoe! How cool is that?! We think it’s pretty on brand, too…I mean, shoes is in our name! :)
We are absolutely over the moon with how these gold beauties turned out. Since I was little, I’ve dreamt of being part of a design team when it comes to creating the perfect shoe…I can recall sketching designs when I was just 8 years old, and now it’s come to fruition! Curious about how it all came together? We’re letting you in on a little bit of the process throughout this post!
The Design Process
Last spring when I was in Barcelona (for the annual Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week—truly inspiring + so many incredible designers), I met Rachel and Katie of Rachel Simpson. I’ve been following their work for quite a while now + majorly crushing on their signature styles for years…so, I’m sure you can guess how excited I was to chat with them in person. Such an incredible opportunity!
As we got to talking…and sharing our love of fashion, it only seemed natural that we should design a shoe together! After going back and forth a few rounds and collaborating on ideas + inspiration, our Zadie shoe was born!
What inspired us for the design?
Well, we channeled some of our most-loved Pins, our readers’ love of metallic shoes, my love of florals—et voilà, the darling handmade leather flower took center stage. These shoes are crafted in Spain + made of high-quality soft metallic gold leather—so they’re built to last.
The front of the shoe is made up of three deliciously oversized flowers, each one skillfully crafted by hand and gently moulded to give it a 3D appearance. They flow slightly over the edges of the simple straight leather strap, so it almost looks like the shoe is made of flowers! An intricately detailed back part give the look of a sandal, but with all the security and comfort of a full backed shoe, and is secured around the ankle with a small oval buckle.
And, because they’re such a timeless style, you can keep wearing them for years to come. :)
We hope you love them as much as we do!
The PRETTIEST of details, don’t you think?
For Your Wedding Day + Beyond…
We paired these strappy sandals with our Lovers Society x GWS gowns…so naturally, we think they’d be the perfect addition to your wedding look. But, if you know us, we’re all for dressing up + wearing cute kicks all the time. We can picture these styled for date night, gorgeous travel photos, a birthday celebration, bridal shower, and beyond!
Those handmade florals are absolutely divine, aren’t they?
Can’t get over how pretty our logo looks in gold!!
Whether you want to don a bridal cape, go for a minimal + luxe outfit, or add a gilded touch to your bohemian ensemble…these truly are the sweetest way to create a polished look.
Can you imagine these paired with a stack of gold bracelets, gold hoops and layered necklaces? We TOTALLY can!
Talk about the perfect ‘going out’ shoe…though we could see these being super adorable with some boyfriend jeans or a midi dress!
Alright, alright…so, are you crushing on these bad boys, or what?
A huge THANK YOU to the team at Rachel Simpson for letting me dream up this gorgeous GWS Zadie shoe with them. I am so looking forward to seeing all the ways our GWS gals style them for weddings, parties, and more!! <3