This post is in collaboration with Shoes of Prey, but the opinions are all my own.
Have you had any problem finding that pair of *perfect* shoes? Well, I have. When it comes to footwear, there are always so many factors to take into account, perhaps too many. Let’s see, are you a heels girl or a flat lady? What about the toe shape? Pointed, round, square…Don’t even get me started with colors. Sometimes it feels like an endless battle trying to locate the one pair that meets all your standards. I bet you probably wondered this as I did – what if, I can design my own *Shoes of Perfect*? Wouldn’t it be great? Guess what, you do have that option now, with *Shoes of Prey*!
So, what exactly is *Shoes of Prey*? Short answer is, Shoes of Prey is like the shoe version of Warby Parker, if you are more familiar with the glasses/frames brand. Now if that doesn’t make any sense to you, no worries, I’ll walk you through the whole process one step at a time.
It all starts from these 3D shoe models, or to say, blueprints. You can choose from the 20 different styles, basically all sorts of combinations of heel heights and shoe types (sandals, pump, boots, etc.).
Let’s say, I’m in the mood of *Two panels pointed pumps* today. After picking the style, now we have five categories of personalization to continue with: strap, toe type, heel types and heights, decorations, and finally, colors/materials. I’ll leave most of the fun of exploration to yourself, hint: they have nine different types of toe shapes to choose from!
One specific class of customization I cannot hold myself from revealing, is *colors/materials*. Honestly, I never even realized a shoe could be broken down to these six parts! For most of the parts, like upper or toe cap, you got to pick one of fifteen shades, and then, select your favorite material in that shade, let it be leather, vegan leather, suede, silk, satin, or even pony hair!
Spoiler alert, the number of options can be a bit overwhelming. Good thing is, since every choice you make is reflected on the 3D model (which you can drag around if you like), this whole process of designing is much more fun and intuitive. Bottom line from my own experience, the final product I receive is nothing short of what I saw on the screen, only better.
Before I wrap this post up with how I styled my *shoes of perfect* with a wrap dress by & Other Stories (read this post here if you haven’t heard of the brand), I did find my shoes on the smaller side when receiving them, so I would suggest sizing up ½ to a full size when placing your order, as least for pointed toes.
All in all, it feels really good designing shoes that I picture in my head, and of course, seeing them come to life!