Check out all the ways to design or customize your own shoes online. From sneakers to heels, make your perfect pair then own ‘em! Below, I have featured many sites that can help you create. For each of these sites I typically give: a brief review; the price range; the number of styles you can choose from; the different features; and previews of their designing platforms via thumbnails. Check out the “Software” tab up above if you are interested in learning more about taking design a step further.
Funkkit offers us a new and easy way to customize shoes…. stickers! There are hundreds of designs that users have submitted to buy for $9, or download their submission kit and create some of your own. Once you receive the stickers in the mail, use Funkkit’s fool-proof method to cut and stick them right on to your favorite kicks. Imagine the possibilities! The best part might be that these stickers aren’t permanent. They typically last about a month, depending on use, or until you peel them off. Here’s you chance to really experiment with shoe-design and fashion without spending tons of money. This is great for people like me that can’t commit to things. The stickers are flexible, water-resistant, scratch-resistant, seamless, and have a genuine texture that you’d feel on shoes.
Check out FunkKit.com to begin!
Choose between 36 different styles of Converse shoes to customize! Decide on materials (like suede, canvas, or leather), colors, patterns, and you can also add text (id). If you like glow-in-the-dark gear, check this out: You can now add glowing material and print almost anywhere on your shoes. Great for those nights out on the town. Converse also has a pretty handy tool allows you to save your creation, just in case you can’t exactly decide on everything in one sitting. Get the Chucks you could have only dreamed about! All the cool kids are doing it. Prices range from $45-$90 . The thumbnail below only shows a few of the many styles available for customizing.
Go to Converse and make your newest pair!
Milk & Honey is a rising champion in women’s shoe fashion. Created out of the dreams and passions of two sisters, Milk & Honey pleasantly helps you design the perfect shoe. Start your creation with either pumps, platform pumps, sandals, platform sandals, flat sandals, flats, wedges, oxfords, flat oxfords loafers, boots, or booties! From there, you’ll have a lot of options with the toes, backs, straps, heels, and accessories. The really fun part is deciding on the material and the colors of your shoes. They have over 15 types of material ranging from leather to snakeskin to the popular pony hair, and then many colors and patterns within those materials. Milk & Honey has a great customer service program to help you out with any questions you may have along the way. Prices range from around $200-$300. And oh yeah, many celebrities are making shoes with Milk & Honey. Just check out their press page.
Go to milkandhoneyshoes.com to begin.
Nike is everywhere and will always be popular. They were one of the pioneering companies that began the whole custom-shoe craze, and it makes sense that their NikeID site is so awesome. Once you get there, choose between a large number (I got tired counting them all) of athletic shoes to customize. There are tons of details you can customize including: colors, materials, text, width, and more. My brother recently made a pair of Nike Dunks and he gets compliments daily. Prices range from $90 to $220. The thumbnail below is an example of only 10 of their many styles to choose from.
Go to NIKEiD.com and start designing your very own NIKE shoes!
Chiko Shoes is a great avenue if you are truly wanting to become a women’s shoe designer as a career or business opportunity. They work with you from preliminary sketches all the way to your final product. This is one of the only sites that allow you to transform a shoe from your imagination all the way to a final product, and you can even make your own logo to brand your creations. Chiko Shoes is definitely aimed for the serious designers and those that are looking to sell lines of shoes. If you are looking to create just one pair of shoes, I’d recommend using one of the other sites, like Milk&Honey. Check out Chiko Shoes and live out your dream!
Design your own Vans shoes by choosing from the slip-on, old skool, era, or (newly added) the 106-style shoes to customize! There are mens, womens, boys, youth, and even toddler-sized shoes. Choose from many different colors and patterns to truly create your very own. Vans’ new custom chat & share functions allow friends to collaborate and inspire each other online in their unique designs. It’s pretty awesome in that you can make your shoe and then using their share feature, text or email it to your buddy for his/her say. Prices range from $45 to $70.
Men, women, and kids all choose from 7 different styles of Reebok shoes to customize. Prices range from $79 to $105. Reebok’s customizing options are some of the best and I especially like the view of someone wearing the designed shoe (it helped me decide which designs looked the best). Check out the Classic Leather Low shoes: they can be made to look very fashionable for most casual situations. Also, if you’re crazy about an MLB, NHL, or NFL team, make your buddies jealous by adding a team emblem to your shoes!