Saturday, May 5, 2012

Design Shoe apps: Whatever next?

A popular trend among those who prefer to design their own footwear is shoe design sites with design option apps. Some let you design a shoe from scratch, selecting colors, materials and components to make a one-of-a-kind shoe. Others will let you tweak an existing design from a design gallery. Delivery is within eight weeks and the cost for custom made footwear can range from between $200-$300. Some companies will make alterations and some will accept returns. It is well worth reading the fine print before committing to a purchase. Milk & honey allows you to design your own pump, flat, sandal, wedge or bootie and customize it with toe shape, straps, piping, embellishments, platforms, heel style, straps and backs. Materials include leather, patent leather, pony, snake, printed snake, glitter, metallic, croc, suede, stain, velvet and printed fabrics. Milk & honey also has pre-designed shoes, some of which you can make simple modifications to, like colour or heel height. The Shoe Design Studio have four basic styles: pump, sandal, t-strap and mule. From there you choose the front, back, middle, heel height and platform. Once you have the design done, you select your materials for all of the shoe parts. Choose from glazed, metallic, patent, nubuck, lace, pony, fabric and snake in a variety of colors. Their "Play of Colours" option, provides design guidance, and you can chat with a stylist, if you need help. Shoes of Prey lets you choose toe, back, decoration, heel and height options. You can also customize one of the 177 pre-made designs. For materials, you can choose from cotton, faded leather, patent, pony, leather, shiny leather, suede, glitter, snake, fish, silk and sequins. Once you have selected your first material, the app will make matching, contrasting and neutral material recommendations. Shoes come in European sizes 31 to 49, and you can select narrow and wide widths.

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