By Milly J
Previous Footwear Designer of the Year &Multi, Major Award Winning Shoes
The Milly J hand crafted boutique and shop for hand crafted, limited edition Milly J's.
Know what's coming next through these naughty little teasers.
We are now stocked by
upmarket bridal boutique, Hannah Emily Bridal. Do swing by their shop or their online store here. We are thrilled to welcome them to our Milly J Shoes roster of clients, as well as award winning fine art gallery, Gallery 1066! And fab and funky, White Wardrobe in Hitchin.
Proud to be nominated for 7 Footwear Industry Awards!
in the first year, our shoes were nomintaed for 6 awards, we stepped one up this year! our categories include:
Ladies Footwear Brand of The Year
Fashion Footwear Brand of The Year
Footwear Brand of The Year
Ladies Independent Retailer of The Year
New Independent Footwear Retailer of The Year
Best Use of Technology
Footwear Designer of The Year
Your support would be very welcome and you can nominate our categories under, Milly J Shoes or Milly J by clicking the banner Footwear banner. Thank you!
Milly J Collects Award
Milly J is seen here proudly alongside, Dragon's Den investor and entrepreneur, Theo Paphitis. She was invited to collect her business award issued to her by him as a business winner, the #SBS Award.
Milly J Shoes and Bridal Shoes By Milly J is Published!
Approached by the author, Tracy Martin to appear in her published book, alongside the likes of Dior, Westwood, Louboutin, Chanel and many others. You can purchase your copy from
Milly J Shoes Is Shortlisted For 3 Footwear Industry Awards!
The ceremony takes place on the 16th Feb 2014. Milly J Shoes Ltd is up for Ladies Footwear Brand of The Year, Fashion Footwear Brand of The Year AND Footwear Designer of The Year! Thank you for your votes!
See Milly J Perform on BBC's The Voice!
On Saturday the 1st Feb! Of course wearing her Milly J Shoes. The gorgeous Kylie Minogue is commissioned her own pair by the show too!
Milly J receives Highly Commended Award for Footwear Industry Awards!
Milly J Shoes received an award for the category of Footwear Designer of The Year!
Did you manage to catch Milly J strut her stuff on prime time show, Four Rooms? Milly J made a great impact when all four dealers had great praise about her shoes. So much so that Milly even managed to have Celia Swayer say she wanted to invest in her.
Milly J Appears on Channel 4 Four Rooms and woos Celia Sawyer
Milly J Will Be Appearing on The Chrissy B Show!
Last night I was invited to the launch of the beautiful Italian Footwear brand, Loriblu. Opened and hosted by the XFactor's Sarah-Jane Crawford in Bond Street. Sarah also played a wicked DJ set.
The night included exclusive clients from across the globe and a host of celebrities. Though I do have to say my favourite part of the night were the Ciabatta breads and cheeses!
The brand is very popular amongst high end Russians, Dubains and of course Italians. With stores across the globe, this high end brand creates some truly beautiful footwear.
Head over to 99 Bond Street for a taste of luxury.
Invted to Loriblu, Bond Street Launch
Milly J wows in Germany's Deichmann Event!
Milly J was invited as an honourary guest to Hamburg, Germany for the large shoe brand, Deichmann event. The Shoe Step of the Year event saw many a German celebrity, fashion shows and exclsusivity. Milly J was invited to also exhibited some of her sculptural shoes in the grand hall of the famous, Hotel Atlantic where the event was held.
Milly J Shoes is nominated for 9 Footwear Industry Awards!
Nominated for: Ladies Footwear Brand of the Year
Footwear Brand of the Year
Fashion Brand of the Year
Platinum Shoe Award
Personality of The Year
Ladies Independent Retailer of the Year
Best Use of Technology
Leader in Customer Services (my new category)!
Footwear Designer of the Year
As a small business, your votes help! Please click the banner to vote!
Milly J Shoes is Shortlisted for 2 Footwear Industry Awards!
Thank you very much!
Out of hundreds of footwear brands nominated, Milly J Shoes has been shortlisted for 2 Footwear Industry Industry Awards 2015.
We are the top 5 with the industry votes for:
Footwear Designer of the Year
Best Use of Technology
Results are revealed next Feb at the grand Award's ceremony!
Invited to become and associate member of the British Footwear Association. The support and contacts will be invaluable.
British Footwear Association Member
Milly J Wins Footwear Designer of the Year 2015!
Sunday saw Milly J collectiong the prestigious, 2015's Footwear Designer of the Year Award at the Footwear Industry Awards!
Winners of other awards went to very well known brands from Nike to Clarks, so Milly J is thrilled to be crowned by the industry as their queen of footwear!
Milly J on BBC Radio
Milly J was featured on March 5th, 2015 on BBC 3 Counties Radio. Chatting about her latest award, life and footwear of course! Bringing the shoes to life by voice! Listen to the interview on iplayer by clicking the first image below.
Milly J Wins Current Finalist for Prestigious Drapers Award!
Milly J is a finalist for the highly respected, Drapers Footwear Awards for the Footwear Designer of the Year Award. Fingers crossed and everything else for this one please!
Backed By Theo Paphitis Again!
Milly J becomes Theo Paphitis' chosen business of the month! Having the backing of the fabulously charismatic business tycoon and ex Dragon star is great!
Last year Jessica Ellis of Hollyoaks was unable to wear her Milly J's at the British Soap Awards due to a dress malfunction. So I was thrilled when she contacted me saying she was rocking to go in her shoes especially created for her over the weekend.
These were the shoes with working TVs depicting her Hollyoaks journey and character of Tegan Lomax I uploaded. Reversing the act of viewers watching her on TV, instead, she could watch herself on her little soap box! This was Milly J Shoes' first red carpet and I must say as a small, growing business, Ellis' generosity of promoting them was much appreciated, even bagging her one of the best dressed of the night.
Milly J Shoes' First Red Carpet
Milly J Shoes Invited As Guest By British Footwear Association
A few months ago, you may remember me reaching out for sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming Drapers Footwear Awards. I was very pleased to receive a few offers, not least of all from Germany's huge footwear brand Deichmann. However, it was only right that when I received an invite from the British Footwear Association, that I accept. Especially as I am one of their members.
Thank you BFA for my ticket and I lok forward to the evening!
All current finalists receive yummy cookies!
What a lovely surprise to one saturday open the door to receive a special delivery of fresh, handmade, shoe cookies as part of being a current Drapers Footwear Awards finalist! Not least of all, these cookies didn't last long with me around!
Thank you to Drapers for these scrummy goodies!
Milly J Shoes in Heat Magazine & Spotted on Telly!
The wonderful Jessica Ellis of Hollyoaks is seen in the recent edition of Heat Magazine in her Milly J's. Not only this, but Jessica was spotted on ITV prime time Tv at the Soap Awards talking about and showing off her shoes on air!
Milly J Shoes Featured in Major, Alternative Art Magazine
The edgy art Magazine, Pinstriping and Kustom Art Magazine's 50th edition sees Milly J shoes in a fantastic, full, three page spread! Sold across 18 countires, this magazine includes some very interesting artsists using mediums from sculpture to airbrushing. My images don't do this glossy as much justice as they should. Milly J Shoes even received a favourite tweet from Silicon Valley's, Dave McClure!
Milly J Finalist for Precious Awards 2015!
Well, I am very honoured to have been made an award finalist for the highly esteemed , 2015 Precious Awards!
I have been shortlisted as a finalist for the October ceremony under the, Oustanding Women in the Creative Industries category!
Held at the grand, Banking Hall in London, The PRECIOUS Awards were founded in 2007 by Foluke Akinlose MBE to recognise and support women of colour in the business and work environment and create role models for future generations to follow.
Endorsed by David Cameron amongst other notable names saying: “I am delighted once again to give my support to the PRECIOUS Awards and to congratulate those who use their talent and initiative to start a business.
Invited into Exclusive Network
This really is an honour and to be honest, there are far more inspiring and aspiring women out there than myself. Though none the less, last night, I received an invite from Pinky Linani OBE last night to join her invitation only and exclusive, Women of the Future Network.
The Women of the Future Network (previously Inspirational Women’s Network) is an exclusive network of high potential and high achieving UK women. The network was created in 2007 and includes some of the UK’s most pioneering and talented women. *Thier words - not mine!
Thank you for this.
I was very pleased to have been contacted by the founder of the Precious Awards, Foluke Akinlose MBE saying that the Independent Newspaper wished to interview me.
The article centred around women of colour in the business environment with of course the Awards celebrating women of colour in business. I was eager not to make it a race issue. Click image for article.
Quoted in the Independent Newspaper
Milly J Wins Prime Minister Endorsed Award!
Yesterday saw a host of influential women gather at the upmarket, Banking Hall for the 9th Annual Precious Awards. Inspiring women across STEM, activisim, Leadership and the arts were honoured. Created to form role models for our future women.
Eternal's, Kelle who is now a woman in business won the leadership award and past winner, Apprentice's, Bianca Miller was there to give her story.
Me, I was thrilled to have gone home with the prestigious, Outstanding Woman in the Creative Industries Award! Issued by Barclays Bank, The British Library and Credit Suisse!
Tweet Mentioned on Channel 4!
What a lovely little surprise to be tweeted by Channel 4's prime time show that my tweet was to be mentioned at the start of their, Restoring Britain's Landmarks
Milly J in the Press
Still glowing after winning the Prime Minister Endorsed, Precious Award in the category of Outstanding Woman in the Creative Industries.
You can read the article via the image.
A great course was had yesterday at The British leather Centre and John Lobb headquarters.
To be surrounded by individuals who took the utmost pride in their work was actually quite inspiring and that's how it should be. Taking such care and precision for the end result. The over 100 year old John Lobb shoe brand is steeped in tradition with a pair setting you back at a mere £1000! Though you can now see why.
The course covered aspects from lasting to leather work right through to packaging.
Thank you to the British Footwear Association for organsing the course and content.
Invited onto BBC Radio
I was thrilled last week to receive a phone call frrom BBC Radio inviting me onto their lunch time show. It always means a great deal to have especially local media behind you when you are an independent working hard at trying to push through.
I am due to arrive at the studios at 12:30PM and I am sure the interview won't too long after that.
So I hope you can join me in chatting about life, awards and shoes of course!
Liaten to my Interview on iPlayer!
You can listen to my BBC Radio Interview from last week here.
I had a great time and hope you enjoy what I had to say! I think it starts around 30.07 minutes. Please click here
Invited to exhibit at Credit Suisse Event
Credit Suisse, one of the sposnors for the Precious Awards invited me to exhibit some of my shoes at the Empowering Women event in their Canary Wharf head quarters. Surrounded by the twinkling lights of the banking quarter along with the magnificent spread was wonderful.
Milly J heads to Women of the Future Network Event
I was honoured to be invited as a member to the exclusive, Women of the Future Event held at the Canary Wharf, JP Morgan head quarters. To be surrounded by highly influential and inspiring women was a true experience. Hosted by Pinky Lilani CBE DL, with a talk by the BBC's, Rona Fairhead who recieved a Woman of the Year Award. The canapes weren't bad either! Find out more here.
Milly J Shoes Shortlisted For 7 Footwear Awards!
I am so humbled to have been nominated and shortlisted by the industry for the running of 7 Footwear Industry Awards! One of the most prestigious Footwear Awards, they attract the big players. Milly J Shoes is not a big player, though is very flattered to be alongside some of these International brands! Do please consider voting for me here, as it would certainly help strengthen my place within the industry. Thank you for the continued support!
Featured in Horse & Hound Magazine!
Proud to be given the thumbs up by the established, Horse & Hound Magazine. Both in print and online!
Featured in Your Herts & Beds Wedding Magazine
So pleased to have found this article in the glossy, wedding magazine! Often editors do not tell you when your work is featured, so this was lovely to see!
Featured in Footwear Today Magazine
Footwear Today is one f the world's oldest footwear magazines for the industry. Packed with trends, forecasts and industry knowldege.
When I was approached by them after winning my prime minister endorsed award, I was pleased to hear that they wanted to feature my work as according to them it doesn't just relate to my footwear work, but doing good elsewhere!
Interviewed by inspiring business woman and coach, Christine Griffin in her influential blog. Please have a read here
Exceeding Despite the Odds
Finalist for 2 Awards!
Thank you to all those who took the time to vote for me in this year's prestigious, Footwear Industry Awards! Thanks to all of you, the footwear and fashion establishment have chosen me as one of their top 5 footwear businesses in two categories. I am a finalist for:
Fashion Brand of the Year
Footwear Designer of the Year.
I amazed with how the tightly locked industry chooses me as a one women business who designs, markerts and hand creates all her shoes herself. Being up against large teams of well known brands is indeed humbling.
Once again, thank you. Results in soon! Please view FIA site here
Invited to Present an Award!
What an honour! This week had me receiving a call from the founders and hosts of the prestigious, Footwear Industry Awards asking me if i'd be willing to present an elite award to one of the other finalist on the night!
I of course said a hearty yes! Need to ensure my shoes are just right for the occasion!
Featured in German Magazine!
It was a treat to be contacted by the editors of Germany's leading equestrian magazine, Cavallo, wanting to feature my Ladies Day shoes this month, alongside their usual horsey news! You may also remember seeing my shoes featured in Horse and Hound a few months ago too.
The Ladies Day Shoes are inspired by Ascot and the flamboyant hats of the day, only despicting this into footwear.
A big thank you goes out to Precious', Foluke Akinlose MBE and Jessica Huie MBE for last night's event held at the Biritsh Library. Filling a room with eager entrepreneurs willing to engage in Jessica's experience within the PR sector. From designers to social housing professionals, it was an event buzzing with inspiration. Followed of course by the all important nibbles at the end!
The British Library is one of the issuers of one of my awards.
Featured in Precious Success Magazine
I was recently featured in the Precious Success Magazine founded by Foluke Akinlose MBE who of course founded the Precious Awards.
You can read my story here
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It was a fabulous event on Sunday meeting with other Theo Paphitis business award winners in Birmingham. Great to hear the insight of Mike Pickles of the Really Useful Products and Holly Tucker, the co founder of, Not On The High Street.
A yearly seminar held for all of Theo Paphitis' award winners in the ICC. Supplied with plenty of opportunities to discuss ideas with his partners from Rymans, Robert Dyas, Ilaw and many more.
The sandwiches and spread was lovely.
Featured in Women in Trade Magazine
I am pleased to share my Women in Trade Magazine interview in the latest issue of the business magazine.
This front cover features television's, Sarah Beeny, with past ladies including Kelly Hoppen and Cherie Booth. So I was in good company here!
Talking about the inner trust needed to carry innovation forward. You a can read fuller versions of this interview to the right.
Invited to Inspire For International Womens Day
I am thrilled to announce that I have been invited by a girls' school buzzing with creative and academic vitality to inspire at their International Womens Day event. I will be alongside the CEO of Women For Women, Brita Fernandez-Schmidt and Paralympian, Wendy Smith.
The school had spotted me previosuly in the press and wnated to get me to share my unusual and inspiring story saying the audience of students, media, parents and governors were sure to take something away from it. I will also be singing a song from Handel's Opera, Semele and If I Loved You from Carousel.
I will be looking to do more for the community in terms of sharing my story for inspiration and strength.
Commissioned by UKTV network television
Half of UK brides are late to church, so I can now reveal the shoes commissioned by UKTV. Used as promotional and marketing shoes for the brides' press calls. Creating a series of sizes in a nail biting 3 days for their new show on Watch Tv - Get Me To The Church. Veiled, and great for the bride on the run. With more to come on this!
International' Women's Day
International Women's Week saw a wonderful night of inspiring talks and canapes at St Francis' College in Letchworth.
A private girls' boarding school, celebrating International Women's Day through a series of guest talks including ones from Brita Fernandez-Schmidt the UK Director of Women For Women, Wendy Smith, Paralympian and myself!
Our stories all tied in together so effortlessly, despite this not being deliberate!
A truly memorable night filled with members of the public, parents, students and the press. The school kindly saying my talk and singing were both exceptional!
Article For Huffington Post
Article For Archant's, Bride Magazine
Find my top 10, 2016 Bridal Trends here! As seen in the Huff Post
Find my top 8 Bridal Shoes here!
Prestigious Award Presented
It was a real honour to be asked by the organisers of the prestigious, Footwear Industry Awards to present an award to one of the distinguished and very worthy finalists.
Footwear Today is the UK'S oldest Independent footwear magazine and I was of course more than thrilled to accept awarding at this year's Footwear Industry Awards! I presented, Shoe Gallery with the, Fashion Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year award, seen in the latest issue of the magazine.
Made A Finalist For Respected Awards!
Being made a current finalist for the well respected, Federation of Small Businesses Awards, 2016 came as a lovely suprise. The FSB Awards are a national award, broken into counties. Covering my area, Hertfordshire and waving the flag for the Creative Business of the Year!
In Your Herts & Beds Wedding Magazine
Did you catch Milly J Shoes in the latest edition of Your Herts and Beds Wedding Magazine? If not, you can buy your copy at WH Smith!
I have excitedly been nominated for a National Diversity Award under the, Positive Role Model section!
If you feel I am indeed a positive role model, do please vote for me on my NDA profile by clicking the image below.
Thank you so much for your continued support!
Nominated for a National Diversity Award Please Vote!
Mentioned in Newspapar!
Proud to be mentioned under the business force that is Wenta in their newsapaper article yesterday!
Not long to go until many of their clients take to the grand awards event for the FSB Herts business awards. I am among fine players and proud to be shortlisted as a creative business of the year!
Invited As A STEM Ambassador
Last week saw the last of the STEM career days at Kings Langley School. To have been invited as an ambassador as a technology and innovation practitioner was really flattering.
It's vital that the emerging generations are somewhat aware of what else is out there and how they can best utilise their skills. Personally I was a youngster who had several interests and perhaps thought I could only actually delve into one career. The great news is that more so than ever, professions are diversifying and skills can certainly be utilised in several areas. Keeping your options open and mind bright!
Sharing my personal story as to how I eventually ended up starting Milly J Shoes, I was thrilled that both the students and faculty found my workshops and story inspiring.
If you'd like me to come into your organisation or school and would appreciate my unusual story for motivational and creative purposes, please do get in contact! It's not a talk solely for the education section but also humanitarian, business and self exploration.
STEM - Scienece, Technology, Engineering, Maths.
Chosen As A Speaker For Schools
With a long vetting process, I am pleased to announce that I have been chosen by UK'S leading Speakers for Schools as one of their new speakers!
Inspiring through the very key importance of individuality and mutiple potential areas, my work will involve talks, workshops and activities that will cover not only footwear, but tech to music!
If you'd like to book me to share my story with your school or establishment, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
You can now view my profile here!
Finalist for NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016!
I am thrilled to announce that I have made Natwest's, Great Bitish Entrepreneur Awards as a finalist for Creative Entrepreneur of the Year!
This was toatally unexpected and according to them, the competition was indeed very tight.
Past winners have included the founder of the Cambridge Satchel Comapany and the Lad's Bible among other big names!
was very humbled when I was approached by Inspiring the Future to visit one of Cambridge's most deprived schools. Having seen my bio, they thought that what I had to offer through a presentation and workshop would benefit the pupils.
What was inspiring for me was meeting with some forward thinking members of varying industires, including Professor Dame Athene, the renowned physician who led her own presentations, among over notable guests.
The children and staff were incredibly appreciative and as always, I was honoured to have some part to play in helping shape future choices.
Asked to Help Inspire
I am always very open to helping schools with their creativity initiatives and on this occasion, I was invited back by St Francis' School as a judge for their fashion show.
I was joined on the panel by Hertfordshire Universities head lecturer of Fashion and two other boundary pushing fashion industry women with creative years under their belts.
Milly J Judges!
I am so proud to have been given the nod again by the Footwear Industry Awards to be nominated for 8 Footwear Industry Awards!
As a small startup with my new venture underway, your support and votes would of course be appreciated.
Please vote for my 8 categories under Milly J Shoes here http://www.footwearindustryawards.com/vote-2017/
Milly J Opens First Shop!
It's finally happened! I have opened my first shop - All About Shoes in Norwich's Trendy,, The Lanes! You can find a host of gorgeous shoe items from around the world and of course - my shoes! Visit us instore today!
I was once again very kindly invited to inspire through my own personal story and as to how I ended up in the footwear Industry. Joined by other individuals from various professions, from a high ranked police officer, to solicitors and museum curators. The day was constructed through a series of small grouped talks, inspiring pupils at Sheringham school to think of what other alternatives there are to the usual careers out there today.
My area of expertise was creativity, the arts and designs.
What a treat it was for me to be contacted by BBC Radio Norfolk to interview me on their early morning breakfast show!
As I have just opened my first retail shop - the news reporter popped round to my shop - All About Shoes on Norwich's, the Lanes to chat live about my footwear, endeavours and creative inspiration. You can certainly pop in and find an array of beautiful bespoke shoes and unusual shoe gifts too!
The interview can be found on BBC iplayer for the next few days.
Interviewed on BBC Radio Norfolk
I was contacted by Archant's television network, Mustard Tv to appear on their live show - the Mustard Show, interviewed by Nick Conrad. Talking the opening of my new shop - All About Shoes in Norwich's, The Lanes.
I appeared in tow with an assorment of my bespoke shoes and other beautiful gift.
Please come and visit my new shop which is located on St Benedicts, Norwich. NR2 4PG.
The interview can be seen in part 2 here, http://www.mustardtv.co.uk/episode/the-mustard-show-664/
Finalist for Footwear Award
Interviewed on Tv
Milly J Shoes and Bridal Shoes of Milly J has excitingly been made a finalist for 2017's highly respected, Footwear Industry Awards! Taking the spot along with the likes of Skechers for Best Use of Technology / Etailer of the Year!
Wish me Luck - though don't forget that I have just launched my new retail shop - All About Shoes and so I am also a retailer now!
I am incredibly happy with this, especially since launching my new shop - All About Shoes just under a month ago. Milly J Shoes and the my aforementioned shop have been featured in Archant's, 2017 Bride Magazine.
Come the new year, be sure to grab your copy and get in touch about your very own, special bridal shoes.
Featured in Bride Magazine