With only a few days before the royal wedding in Britain, owners of a local shoe company hope bride-to-be Meghan Markle will ease into a pair of their custom slippers as she prepares for her big day.
Sacramento resident Marisa Sharkey, co-founder of the footwear business Birdies, says the company shipped a pair of one-of-a-kind wedding slippers to the former "Suits" star.
News of Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry broke in late November, subsequently creating international glee over the prospect of a royal wedding. The two are to wed on Saturday.
“We really felt like it was an ode to Meghan,” Sharkey said of the custom slippers. “We were just excited about (the wedding), so we wanted to create something special.”
The slippers, which are intended for comfortable indoor and outdoor wear, come in a light blush color and are adorned with a pearled heel, she said. They were shipped to Markle about two weeks ago.
Markle has previously shared photographs of herself wearing the black calf-hair version of their shoe on social media after the company shipped her a pair in 2015, Sharkey said. The company started that year after longtime friend Bianca Gates, the other co-owner of the company, texted Sharkey with the idea of starting a line of fashionable slippers.
Both women listed Markle as a potential brand influencer soon after their launch, noting her "classic style" and active presence online. Since news of Markle’s engagement, however, those personal pages have been deleted, Sharkey said.
The company has a flagship store in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood but has employees that work in both cities, Sharkey said. Gates lives out of the Bay Area city.
The shoes, which come in different styles and are all priced at $140, are designed to provide the comfort of a classic slipper while still being fashionable enough to wear to work or while hosting friends at home, Sharkey said.