Custom Shoes are Hot:
Whether you need custom shoes due to some sort of foot problem, or you just like the idea of your footwear being different from the "off the rack" styles, you'll be happy to know that custom footwear is hot.
Below you'll find several resources for custom shoes -- from personalized baby shoes, to shoes built to fit your feet, and everything in between.
Customized Brand-Name Shoes:
Lots of big names are jumping on the custom shoe bandwagon, among them are names like Nike, Converse and Vans. Here are a few brands that will allow you to select custom materials, colors and detailing for your unique shoes.
Design Your Own Shoes:
While the places above allow you to customize certain details about your shoes, what if you could actually design your fantasy footwear and have it made for you? While it's not a cheap prospect, and you'll need to make an appointment, the salons and shoemakers below will allow you to do just that.
Custom High Heels and Women's Dress Shoes:
For a while, it seemed as if shoe customization was going to only be available to those looking for sneakers or athletic shoes, or for those who really needed practical shoes to accommodate for some type of foot problem or orthotic device. While I'm thrilled that those options exist, I personally also wanted to find companies that would allow customers to customize women's shoe shoe styles, especially high heels and dress shoes. I'm happy to report, there are now options in that category as well.
Hand-Painted and Embellished Shoes:
If you don't have the funds or the inclination to have a pair of shoes custom-designed for you, there are still plenty of opportunities to find one-of-a-kind footwear. Some of the following options even allow you to send them the shoes you'd like painted or customized.
- FiggieShoes.com - stunning, hand-painted wedding and dress shoes.
- An Article about PunkYourChucks - a site that paints on Converse Chucks.
Custom Shoes & Orthotics for People with Foot Problems:
While customized shoes are a nice luxury for some people, for others they are a neccessity. Whether you have a foot condition, need additional support or have feet of different sizes, the following sources can help to make custom shoes specifically for your feet.
Custom & Personalized Baby Shoes:
These custom and personalized shoes for infants will probably be appreciated more by the parents than the babies - and they make great shower gifts.
- NameDate Baby Shoes: The original name and date baby shoes in several styles.
- PodsShoes: This Etsy shop features several styles of custom, handmade baby shoes.
- Soft Star Shoes & Moccasins: Choose materials, styles and colors.
Make Your Own Shoes:
For the ultimate in custom shoes, you could always try your hand and making a pair of shoes yourself. The following articles offer several options, ranging from weekend workshops to degree programs in shoe design.