Fashion + Beauty

Head Over Heels

Hand-painted high heel shoe

Gone are the days of white satin slingbacks. Brides craving affordable, one-of-a-kind shoes with a little extra punch are turning to Seattle-based Hourglass Footwear. Led by Minnesota native Kira Bundlie, a team of artists collaborates with brides to conceptualize a design for one of the company’s varying assortment of heel heights (translation: comfort levels). Bundlie encourages brides to push the creative boundaries by opting to have shoes designed for their entire wedding party or adding the date or lyrics from their first dance song. “Bridal shoes are usually known for sitting in the closet after the wedding,” says Bundlie. “This way you can have something valuable you can wear later on.”

—Amanda Lepinski