About five years ago, I was wearing a pair of ballet flats when I realized my feet looked kind of odd in them—curved in, like a heart. “I think I have weirdly shaped feet,” I said to my best friend. She replied, “Yeah, I noticed that when we were younger, but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to hurt your feelings.”
…Oh. That’s what BFFs are for, I guess? Anyway, ever since I’ve been somewhat self-conscious about the shape of my feet (they don’t look weird upon a first look, just when you really check them out), and shopping for shoes tends to be a bit of a hassle. It’s especially a problem when sandal-shopping, because my toes curve in, and my big toe often falls right off the front of the shoe. *Sad violin plays*
Luckily, I’ve found a solution. When I read Fawnia’s story about the merits of customizing your shoes, I decided to try that very thing. The Bloomingdale’s flagship store in NYC is playing host to Italian footwear company Capritouch this summer, where shoppers meet with a cobbler and design their very own pair of sandals—measured to fit their feet perfectly. Pretty cool, right? I mean, you literally watch them hammer the shoes together! Check out some of the leather options you can pick from…
…and some of the sparkly Swarovski crystals you can add on:
You can go as minimalist or as embellished as you want, and you get to pick your heel height. I love a good flat T-strap sandal (for #flatsfriday, obvs!), so I chose a fairly basic pair in super dark navy, with a matching bow and—yes—a single crystal on each. Here’s the final product:
Not to brag, but I think they’re pretty cute. Capritouch shoes are a bit pricey (they start at $195), but the perfect sandal is certainly worth it, don’t you think? If you want to create your very own pair, head to the shoe salon at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street in NYC or call to customize your pair from anywhere.