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5 Essential Tips to Custom Shoe Design

5 Essential Tips to Custom Shoe Design

5 Essential Tips to Custom Shoe Design

When it comes to custom shoe design, creativity is key. Read these tips to get your creative juices slowing for the perfect shoes!


Over a quarter of American consumers own a customized item, with shoes among the most common custom pieces. How can you get your own pair of custom kicks?

One-of-a-kind shoe designs are popular online, make great gifts, or are the perfect thing for group activities, like office picnics or sports team celebrations. They're a creative expression of your interests and are unique to you.

No matter what your reason is for customizing your shoes, it's important you do it right. Here are five tips to make sure your shoe design looks amazing!

1. Start Simple

Before you're a custom shoe designing pro, start with a simple idea. That way you can figure out how things will look once the shoe is finished.

Logos, team names, funny words, and favorite colors are all great places to start. See how the design looks on the various different shoes that you can print on.

2. Choose Your Shoe

Speaking of the shoe, there are different types you can choose from. The one you pick might limit your design, so it might be best to start with a shoe choice first and design around it.

For example, slip-ons have less space to work with than high tops. However, elements of your high top design could get lost under a pant cuff.

3. Unique Art

The art you upload needs to be unique and high quality. Never plagiarize; always make sure you have the rights to use any art that isn't your own.

Upload your art as a .png or high quality .jpg file at 2000 x 1000 pixels. Browse other custom shoe photos to get an idea of the kind of aesthetic you want to go for.

4. Play Around

Play around with your ideas to make sure you get it right. You want a quality outcome when your shoes go into production.

Take the time to make a few mock ups. You'll get a good idea of what the finished product will look like and figure out what limitations you're working with.

5. Be You

At the end of the day, these are going to be your one-of-a-kind kicks. Don't be shy and don't hold back; express yourself.

Do you have an in joke with your friends? Does your family have a funny saying or do you want to commemorate a special event?

Do you just really love pizza? If you're feeling blocked when it comes time to create your design, start asking these questions and the inspiration is sure to come to you.

Have Fun With Your Shoe Design

Getting to create a custom shoe design is a lot of fun. If you didn't know what to expect or what kind of designs you should come up with, we know our guide got you back on track.

So what do you feel like creating today? Some high tops with your local hockey team mascot on them or a picture of you and your best friend making silly faces?

Whatever you want to design, we're here to help. Check out all of our custom design options and get ready to have the most unique shoes ever!