Design Your Pedestal, the Custom Wedding Shoe Company
At Design Your Pedestal, we think different is good and daring is great! We know that you’ve spent months planning your wedding down to the very detail. It is one of the very few days in your life when your closest friends and family members will travel hundreds (or even thousands) of miles just. for. you. You want it to be special, and so do we! That’s why we personally engage with each bride to talk wedding shoes. If you ask us to, we’ll look at your wedding dress, your bridesmaids’ dresses, your flowers and your destination and help you design the perfect pair of custom wedding shoes for your occasion.
Design Your Pedestal has been designing custom adorned wedding shoes since 2007 and we’ve seen and done a lot–from the traditional ivory shoe with a simple silver adornment on the toe to a pair of blinged out peeptoes with a lace overlay and rhinestone covered butterflies–and we love every minute of it. And, while wedding shoes are our “plat de résistance” we’re also pretty good at taking those designs and applying them to custom clutches, wedding sashes and wedding hair accessories. So, browse the website and gather your ideas and then send us a custom inquiry to get started!
The Design Your Pedestal Team:
Kate Friedman, Founder
I’ve always had a entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to “make” things. I dropped physics in high school to take an extra art class. I grew up working odd jobs in my parents’ ribbon factory where I loved seeing the colors and patterns come together in yards and yards of beautiful fabrics. I excelled at Home Economics and made my Barbies’ wardrobes. And, when I was thirteen, I had a stand selling tied ribbon bracelets at the local county fair. I had a little cash box and display stand. It’s one of my favorite memories. I got so much satisfaction out of it all and always thought.. I should find a way to make a career out of this…
And, then, I grew up and went to law school. Yes, I did. I know, I know…
But, the creative spirit never went away. In fact, it met my love of shoes in 2007 the two of them got together and convinced me to launch Atelier Shoes, a custom shoe boutique dedicated to mixing and matching fabrics and adornments to make truly spectacular shoes. I still operate it, but the light bulb really went off when I realized one day that what I really wanted to do was develop into a true niche–the custom designed wedding shoe. And so, one night, I sat at my desk and I played with all the fabrics and gems from my youth creating adornments for wedding shoes, inspired by the brides themselves… and my brides loved it and it’s just grown from there.
For awhile, I bootstrapped the business and continued working full time. Then, my son came along in 2010 and my daughter in early 2012 and working full time, raising two children and encouraging a fledgling business became too much. I decided that I had to do what I loved, which is a combination of raising my kids and growing my business and so now, Design Your Pedestal is my full time gig. I am blessed. I know many people dream about doing what they love and working for themselves their whole lives and I am lucky enough to get to take a crack at it.
Kerry Velez, Lead Designer
My name is Kerry Velez I live in Centennial Co with my 3 children and husband. I have been working with Kate at Design Your Pedestal since Jan of 2012. I have had so much fun being creative and working with her. Arts and crafts have always been a passion and hobby of mine since I was little and spent my free time with my Aunt in her craft room. It is amazing watching Kate bring a shoe to life and helping her creating the shoe of a brides dream.