Custom-make your dream shoes
Shopping for shoes that fit perfectly is not an easy feat for those of us with broad feet and odd shoe sizes – whenever we wear a new pair of shoes, most of us are already armed with band-aids for the painful blisters that we know will form.
But if you’ve had enough of gritting your teeth and limping along, consider getting your shoes custom-made so that they’ll fit you to a T. Made-to-order fashion pieces naturally come at heftier prices due to the effort involved, but we’ve sussed out 5 shoe shops in Singapore for you ladies to get bespoke heels and sandals at relatively affordable prices:
1. The Shoe Design Studio – design your own heels from scratch
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At $230 – $350 a pair, shoes made by The Shoe Design Studio are the priciest on this list, but this local online-based retailer’s bespoke shoes use premium leather and fabrics like satin, crepe, and brocade.
Check your creation from all angles with the 360 degree 3D viewing function. Image credit: The Shoe Design Studio
For each part of the shoe, you get to take your pick from over 120 different kinds of material, including snake prints, lace, and faux fur, as well as choose your ideal heel height – with an option of including a platform so that it’ll be less strenuous for your feet.
On top of free domestic shipping, you’ll also be guaranteed a pair that fits like a dream, thanks to their comprehensive Feet Measurement Guide.
Waiting time: Approximately 1 month to be completed and delivered
2. TK Customs – branded kicks with spiffy hand-painted art
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If you need something more comfortable to run around in, or are simply not a heels kinda person, you’ll be pleased to know that TK Customs sells hand-painted branded sneakers that go for around $130 – $270.
These usually include models like Nike Roshe, Nike Air Jordans, Adidas Yeezy, and Vans, and the constantly changing handpainted designs listed on their site are not your only options – just drop an email to request for something else if those aren’t up your alley.
Waiting time: 3-4 weeks for the shoe to be completed before delivery
3. Blackout Singapore – waterproof sandals with endless colour combis
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Perfect for dress-down days or dates at the beach, these customisable sandals and slip-ons from Blackout Singapore are a great buy at $30 – the same price as non-customisable ones on Zalora.
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On top of being able to decide your own unique colour combinations, these slip-ons are also waterproof and anti-slip, which makes them suitable for rainy days. Plus, there’s even a wide range of quirky charms that you can add to give your shoes a more personal touch!
Proudly display your love for superheroes, Pokemon, or Star Wars with these. Image credit: @blackout_sg
The shoes can be made-to-order in-store and online, with self-collection available. Simply specify your customisation request in the comment box when placing orders online.
Address: #02-102, City Plaza Shopping Mall, 810 Geylang Road, Singapore 409286
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 12PM-9PM
Telephone: 8484 4359 / 8571 4819
4. be*U – flats with fun designs for you and your child
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Dress yourself and your mini-me up in cute matchy shoes from be*U. Handcrafted in 6 different kinds of leather, including kangaroo and ostrich hide, these slip-ons have a price range of $149 – $169 – pretty reasonable, considering they take a whopping 10 hours to cut and stitch from scratch.
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From sensible loafers, to ballerina flats with animal and floral designs, there are tons of options for you to pick at either their various outlets or online store. When you’ve settled on a style, choose from 5 different widths, and select your preferred colour combination.
Patented keyboard outsoles and wide girth. Image adapted from: be*U Shoes
What’s more, these booties and flats also come with patented keyboard outsoles that maximise both flexibility and shock absorbency in the heel.
Address: Paragon, Robinsons The Heeren, Takashimaya, United Square
5. Sinderella – bridal heels fit for a princess
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When you need to be your most glam self, be it for a wedding dinner or a fancy date, Sinderella offers intricately designed bridal and evening shoes priced from as low as $100 – with options for customisation at either no additional cost, or an extra $40 – $60, depending on the base design selected.
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The choice of fabric, heel height, shoe width, and embellishments are entirely up to you, and if you prefer, you can also fashion a completely new design that isn’t inspired by any of their existing ones.
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Consultations are by appointment only, so book a slot by either dropping them an email or a message through their Facebook page.
Waiting time: 4-6 weeks after design has been finalised
Address: #09-34, Oxley Biz Hub, 71 Ubi Road 1, Singapore 408732
Telephone: 6224 5586
Bonus: online store that customises shoes with free shipping to Singapore
Christy Ng – your dream heels with embellishments at no extra cost
Get a 360 degree view of your potential shoe to make sure it’s perfect from all angles. Image credit: Christy Ng
Specialising in heels for the girly girl, Christy Ng’s physical store might be located across the Causeway, but her online shop offers free shipping to Singapore – with customisation services for flats at $128 and heels at $190.
Build the shoe of your dreams completely from scratch – right down to the tiniest details like the material for its trims and overlay. From flats to strappy slingbacks and peep toe pumps, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the different shoe types available.
Ankle straps and other embellishments like brooches and ribbons can also be added on at no extra cost.
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As an added bonus, Christy Ng has a shoe expansion service for ladies with broad feet. If you love bling and the basic embellishments just don’t cut it for you, you’ll be glad to know that a Swarovski Embellishment Service is also available. The cost of each service will vary according to complexity.
Waiting time: Approximately 1 month for the shoes to be delivered
Telephone: +603 7495 5909
Made-to-measure ladies’ shoes in Singapore
It’s time to say buh-bye to ill-fitting shoes and painful blisters. It doesn’t matter if it’s for casual everyday use or a special once-in-a-lifetime event like a wedding – these shoe stores can do it all. Now, your feet can get the comfort AND the beautiful kicks they deserve, all without you having to fork out too much.
Also check out our article on best men’s leather shoes in Singapore for your boo.