Gemma Kenward Shoes

Personalized hand painted shoes for weddings and special occasions

Beautifully hand painted wedding and occasion shoes by award winning artist Gemma Kenward. 


How many of us have squeezed our feet into a pair of shoes and thought to ourselves 'ah they'll be okay once I've worn them in'. And as you stride out of the door you can happily ignore that they don't quite fit you properly and dismissively think - 'ah I'll be sat down all day/evening' and then bam! Miserable feet! They're suddenly pinched, sore, aching feet that scream for freedom from the clutches of the ill fitting shoes. I swear I just had the worst, clumsiest and horrid day due to a pair of cr*p shoes I bought. They weren't even high. They were cruel and sadistic shoes and the misery of my feet spread up from my toes and ruined my good mood.  

It's true a good pair of shoes can often make or break your day. I used to work in a shoe shop on a Saturday and my favourite part of the job was fitting children's shoes. Measuring the children's feet for shoes was always fun as they squirmed about and didn't particularly want to be out shopping, invariably for new school shoes. So why is it so important for a child to have the correct fitting shoes but when it comes to our own we throw caution to the wind and think 'F*ck it, they're so pretty the pain's worth it.' Granted a child's feet are still growing, yes and they need to be looked after but why not apply the shoe fitting rules to us adults? Especially wedding shoes, after all you're going to be in them for the whole day and night. 

  • Always walk around the shop a few times to check for signs of rubbing or discomfort. If there's a slight rubbing in the shop then more often than not this will get worse after a few hours of having them on your feet. 
  • Fit the shoes on with the tights or socks you plan to wear with them.
  • Think about in-soles or those little pads of gel you can get to ease high heels 'bruised balls of your feet.'
  • Ask a friend or a member of staff to feel the tip of the shoes. If your toes are right to the end you need the next size up.
  • Never, ever, ever order shoes off of the internet........nine times out of ten you'll be sending them back.