Check Yourself: 4 Places to Get Custom Sneaks brownkidd May 28, 2011 Uncategorized Check Yourself is a new column from Albotas. Our goal is to highlight awesome stuff that we simply haven’t been able to get to, from current games and TV shows to emerging trends. So without further adieu, here’s four places to design your own sneakers. What Is It: Some sneaker manufacturers have caught onto the customizing scene and have decided to capitalize on it. Most of these sites let you choose specific colors, patterns, or sometimes even material and text to customize your sneakers with. If you’re willing to try and new brand out, Vessi waterproof sneakers from Kickstarter has some great designs to get you started in the ‘sneaker-game’. Why You Should Check It: If you’re like me, you love customized sneakers but don’t have the resources [read: talent] to make your own. These sites let you unleash your creativity via Flash-based interfaces. You can get surprisingly detailed, customizing right down to the color of the stitching. Hit the jump for the countdown and photos! Vans‘ website lets you customize their Era, 106, Old Skool, and of course, Slip-on styles. Prices range from $60 to $70, depending on the model. For a pair of customs, that’s a pretty sweet deal. There are a lot of colors and patterns to choose from, but there’s one big thing missing: You can’t choose your own two-colored checkerboard pattern. They only have pre-made checker patterns to pick from. Converse let you customize a crapload of their sneakers, though most of them are variants of the All Star. Custom All Stars ring in at $67, which is kind of steep for shoes that wear out pretty quickly. But they have a ton of cool prints to choose from as well as colors. From hearts to cupcakes, there are a whole lot of options that will have people asking where you got your sneakers. You can have some text put on there too, just in case you ever loose your shoes. Nike makes some awesome sneakers and they have a great customizing site, too. Material options are mostly restricted to suede and leather, and the suede colors tend to be pretty ugly. Keeping that in mind, you can get some pretty cool color schemes going on. Text can be added to the straps and other locations depending on the model. Check out a pair of Zoom Moogan Mid 2s customized with the official Albotas colors. Prices vary, so head over to Nike iD and get designing. If there’s one definitive place to design your own sneakers, it’s probably Reebok. There are a ton of parts to be customized. The site offers a ridiculous amount of colors to choose from and the best part is that you can choose the specific material for different parts of the shoe. They’ve got suede, patent leather, crushed leather, mesh, metal, and more. The top of the back can have custom text added. My favorite thing about Reebok’s service is that they have some cheesy sparkly material and some neon. Prices vary, but expect to pay between $95 and $125 – not bad. Plus, a little birdy told me you can get 15% off your order if you enter the code “SORRY” when checking out.