Sneakers, Stilettos, and Sandals: 5 Custom Shoes to Create Now

Sneakers, Stilettos, and Sandals: 5 Custom Shoes to Create Now


Indulge your obsessive shoe fantasies with a new array of customization options for everything from sky-scraping, red-soled stilettos to kickass sneakers. Here are a few of our favorite bespoke soles.

Christian Louboutin

Journey to SF's local Maiden Lane Louboutin boutique and get your ink on. Inside the store, the Tattoo Parlor offers custom, tattoo-inspired embroidery using one of three techniques to deck out your new pair of Louboutins. The service, which takes three months to complete, was inspired by the shoe designer’s admiration for body art. Custom shoes start start at $1,066; Christian Louboutin (Union Square)

Manolo Blahnik

Step into Neiman Marcus and slip on your designer's cap—their Made-to-Order Blahnik BB Boutique gives you creative control. The selections include five heel heights and 20 colors from which to choose, including leather, suede, patent leather, glitter, animal prints, and floral. The Italian factory will send your bespoke BBs your way in 10-12 weeks, so you can step pretty in time for summer. Custom shoes start at $595; Neiman Marcus (Union Square)

Nike Flyknits

Flyknits have already gained popularity among athlets and fashionistas alike, and Nike now offers a seamless custom process that allows you to design your perfect pair. The process takes 4-6 weeks and includes color options for every aspect of the shoe, from laces to sole, and a personalized decal on the tongue. Just don't get too carried away with the paint speckle option. Custom shoes start at $190


Adidas's new app lets you customize their mid-'80s ZX runner style, which features breathable mesh, the iconic three stripes, and a grippy outsole. If you want to take your designing to the next level, upload a photo, and Adidas will overlay it onto your shoe. More of a fútbol fan? The Adidas website offers customization for soccer cleats. With a short lead time of 3-4 weeks, you'll be running in style in no time. Custom ZXs start at $110, Cleats at $250

Shoes of Prey

The newest addition to the custom shoe lineup, Shoes of Prey launches on March 12 at Nordstrom SF Centre. The line's online 3D Designer allows you to choose the shape, color, and height of your shoes, along with little details like an ankle strap, bow, or piping. These shoes aren't limited to a single customizable style—optiosns include including ballet flats, stilettos, sandals, oxfords, and wedges. If you don't love the final product, you have a year to return for a free remake or full refund. Consider us convinced. Custom shoes start at $129

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