My First Design Collaboration

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Shoes of Prey Design Collaboration, Camel Block Heel Pumps and Taupe BootsHappy Wednesday loves, and thank you for stopping by!  This is the first blog post of 2018, and I’m quite excited about it!  We have a whole new year ahead of us, and I can’t wait to see what it has in store.

I’m also quite excited about the content of this post; it’s all about my first design collaboration!!  As many of you know, I wanted to be a fashion designer growing up, so getting to design shoes with Shoes of Prey was that dream coming come true in a special little way.  It was so fun and fulfilling to get to create different pairs of shoes that embodied my style.  If I’m honest, I designed well over 10 different pairs, even though only 2 were actually brought to life.  I went with 2 neutral and versatile pairs for this first collaboration, but hopefully I’ll get to bring more of my ideas to life in the future!

Shoes of Prey Design Collaboration, Camel Block Heel Pumps and Taupe Boots

The first pair I designed was a rich camel suede pump.  I’d been on the hunt for a beautiful camel pump but wasn’t able to find one that that I truly loved… so I was thrilled to be able to create exactly what I was looking for with Shoes of Prey!

Camel is one of those colors that can be worn year-round and looks great with so many colors, especially black!

I decided to go with the shade they call ‘gingerbread’ and opted for suede.  I have also been loving block heels lately, since they’re so comfortable compared to stilettos while still give me the extra few inches, so I went with a 3.9 inch block heel.

Shoes of Prey Design Collaboration, Camel Block Heel Pumps and Taupe Boots

For the lining and soles, I went with black, to add a bit of contrast.  One of my favorite details though, is the inscription that I added inside the shoes:

“always be different” -CC

It’s a snippet of this full quote by Coco Chanel… “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”

I love it because it reminds me to stop comparing myself to others & feeling pressured to conform, and to just be me.  Growing up I always hated that I was different, especially in high school, but now I’m slowly learning to celebrate it.

We’re each unique, with our gifts and our flaws, and it’s a wonderful, beautiful thing to be embraced.

The second pair of shoes I created actually embodies that quote beautifully, I only wish I’d had in inscribed on them as well!  I originally didn’t since it’s harder to see inside a pair of boots.

But I love the option of being able to add an inscription with your name, IG handle, or some snippet of inspiration!  It makes your shoe design even more special and personal!  (Keep reading for a fun coupon code for this!)

But back to design #2…

I love the color taupe, and wanted a pair that were slightly reminiscent of these Chanel ones (I might be a bit of a Chanel fan), without looking like a dupe attempt.  What I created fit the bill perfectly.

Made of luxurious soft taupe suede, with the exception of one jet black strip down the side, they’re sophisticated and elegant.  Then for an edgy twist, I opted to have the heel made from black crocodile leather.

Shoes of Prey Design Collaboration, Camel Block Heel Pumps and Taupe Boots

Opening these when they arrived was such a special moment.  The shoes were honestly even more beautiful in person than I imagined they’d be.  The colors rich and materials high quality & luxurious.  I’ve absolutely loved wearing them the past few weeks, and hope to design another pair soon!

If you want to design your own pair, just head to Shoes of Prey and click ‘Create’.  There are so, so many ways to customize!  Or, you can even go to ‘Shop’ and choose predesigned pairs and tweak them to make them exactly what you’re looking for.  I loved both ways of designing, as you can either start from scratch, or find a template for something you like, but change up the heel, colors, or materials to create what your own version!

Don’t forget that you can inscribe something inside of your shoes, after you’ve designed them!  Shoes of Prey was kind enough to give me a coupon code for you guys so you can get the inscription added for free: just use ‘BELLEBYLAURELLE’ at checkout.

If you have any questions at all about the design process, please feel free to drop a comment below, or shoot me an email or IG DM.   Thanks for dropping by!



This post was in collaboration with Shoes of Prey, but as always, all thought and opinions are 100% my own!

Shoes of Prey Design Collaboration, Camel Block Heel Pumps and Taupe Boots

Shoes of Prey Design Collaboration, Camel Block Heel Pumps and Taupe Boots

Shoes of Prey Design Collaboration, Camel Block Heel Pumps and Taupe Boots

Shoes of Prey Design Collaboration, Camel Block Heel Pumps and Taupe Boots


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  • Joanne
    January 6, 2018

    Wow stunning outfit! That coat is just, everything. I adore your camel pumps on the first few photos. <3 You have amazing content!

    Joanne | With Risa: A Lifestyle Blog

  • Layla
    January 7, 2018

    This is such a lovely post – you’re looking absolutely gorgeous!!! Hope you’re having a wonderful start to the year and look forward to seeing more posts!

    Layla xx

  • Britta
    January 12, 2018

    Babe!! This is so exiting! your first design experience!
    I absolutely love the concep of shoes of prey! I mean how many times have we tried to find that perfect shoe and noone had the exact ones we wanted?! now we can design our own. thats truly amazing!

    I especially love the booties you designed. Such a perfect heel and color all year aound. And the little inscription you added on the first pair is the perfect detail.
    Congrats on designing som beautiful pairs.

  • Sheree Ho
    January 12, 2018

    These shoes are everything! Im obsessed with these! You look gorgeous and your hair is absolutely beautiful! Hope you are having a great start to your year!

    ~ xo Sheree

  • Aimara
    January 12, 2018

    You did an amazing job girl! Love this brand so much. They are great and I love their message!
    I’m obsessed with those camel pumps and the outfit you created around the booties 🙂
    Designing your own shoes sounds like such an easy and smooth process. I’m def checking this out!

  • Helen
    January 12, 2018

    Totally in love with how wearable those boots look! Love how you’ve gone with a colour that goes with virtually any outfit you could put together too. I’ve always been a fan of the concept behind Shoes of Prey and love what they do!


  • Sandy
    January 13, 2018

    Congratulations on your first design! Both shoes are beautiful. I especially love the rich camel pumps with the block heal. So neutral yet a great stand out pop of color. It will look beautiful with anything!

  • Christine Kong
    January 13, 2018

    I love Shoes of Prey! I also worked with them to design my own shoes and thought it was such an incredible process. Shoes of Prey makes the design process so easy and it’s step by step that you don’t miss a single detail. The classic camel pumps are beautiful and timeless. I love the stiletto boot too and the two toned color. Great styles and also love the inscription! xoxo, Christine

  • Open Kloset
    January 13, 2018

    Hey Sweetie,
    How are you?
    Love Shoes Of Prey, the whole concept is Fantastic:)
    Yours Looks sooo Gorgeous:)
    Perfect with your Outfit:)
    Love, Kisses Karina
    Happy Weekend

  • Jen
    January 15, 2018

    I love how you chose neutrals that you can basically wear with every outfit! The camel pumps are going to go with everything and the taupe booties definitely remind me of the Chanels! I can see you mixing and matching these with so many outfits. I need me a pair now!

  • sirin isik
    January 15, 2018

    Doesn’t seem like it’s your First Design Collaboration. I love how you created different pairs of shoes that embody your style. I love the camel suede pump that you designed. you look great.

  • Tandya
    January 15, 2018

    Your capsule collection with Shoes of Prey is so beautiful! I really love the camel block heels. The color is perfect for all year round and the inscription is perfect. “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” Being you is the best person you can be,


  • Michelle
    January 16, 2018

    Congrats on your first design collab! It’s the stuff we all dream of! Loving these rich neutrals! And love the inscription – that really makes it so special 🙂 I always play around on the Shoes of Prey site – I love the idea of custom shoes!

  • Candace
    January 16, 2018

    I love the whole concept of Shoes of Prey, being able to design your own shoes without having to go through of all the logistics one would normally when designing an article of clothing. While I love both pair, the boots are definitely my favorite! There’s something about that stripe on the sides that I just love 🙂

  • Eva
    January 17, 2018

    Beautiful boots and heels. I saw Shoes of Prey on other bloggers too and liked so much every personalized design. Looking such a good leather quality.

  • Darya
    January 17, 2018

    Hi Laurelle,

    Haven’t heard from you for a long time! So happy that you have created your own design! Shoes of Prey is the best company to partner with as they create beautiful and stylish shoes! I love the color of these shoes – exactly what I want for this spring! Thank you for this coupon code, it’s so kind of you!


  • Vanessa
    January 17, 2018

    Girl, you did such a great job! Love your entire outfit, but your shoes are amazing. Those pumps are totally versatile and chic, perfect to add a nice touch of color to any look. I realized that they are from Shoes of Prey, I have heard great comments about this company.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of the week!

  • Everest
    January 17, 2018

    You have such a good eye for beautiful shoes! The Camel suede heels look great and I imagine it would look great with a short skirt in summer! The booties in grey are so versatile and looks more fun than the usual black booties!

  • marcy
    January 18, 2018

    OMG This is incredible babe!! Congratulations for your shoes design!! Both design are absolutely stunning and definitely will be something I will buy. The camel suede coolr heels is perfect. I would love to have this experience one day.

    Keep the great work and such a great post to start the 2018!