Wear a Favorite Board Game on Your Feet

Wear a Favorite Board Game on Your Feet

It’s no secret that we have a house full of shoe-lovers. Madison won’t admit it, but she loves wearing the proper shoe for the task, no matter the style. Kennedy, on the other hand, shops by brand before utility. And Nicole has never turned down a new pair of boots. Me? I’m happy with a comfortable pair of Chuck Taylors or some leather boat shoes.

Just a couple weeks ago we hit the mall (and a couple other stores) in search of new shoes for the girls. Kennedy keeps outgrowing her cross country running shoes and Madison has worn her Lugz sneakers so often that they are truly beginning to wear out. JC Penney was running a special where if you spent $100, you got a $20 voucher to redeem immediately. Nicole spied a fall-appropriate pair of store brand boots she just had to have… And while I did check out Foot Locker, Journeys, Finish Line and more to see the latest Converse and Vans on the market, in the end I remembered I was “over the hill” and shouldn’t be sporting cartoon characters on my feet.

It got me to thinking about other possible designs that might not only be appropriate for all ages, they could also display my own personality and likes at the same time. A few Google searches later and I found exactly what I was looking for – the ability to custom-make my own shoes! And not just picking out colors and style, but actually uploading high resolution graphics that would be sublimated onto my own custom kicks! What type of image did I choose? Board games of course!

What’s fantastic is that you can design and preview the shoes before they’ll be manufactured so you can get a good idea of the final result. I found four different sites offering customization services – some actual shoe companies and others printing on other company’s products. No matter the method, the final product is something that I think most any gamer would be proud to wear!

Let’s start with one of my two favorite sneaker companies – Vans. I was the type that wore the checkered skate shoes after the successful release of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and have always found them to be affordable and comfortable, so the ability to make my own was mind-blowing to me.

Show off your board game favorites by making custom shoes for game night. We highlight four of the major players who will custom make them for you! - SahmReviews.com

I first mocked up a pair of classic slip-ons featuring the board game design from Sagrada by Floodgate Games. The stained glass artwork looked great on a plain white pair, accented by a thin black line down the side. The end result would cost only $90, not much more than regular pairs at the mall!

Show off your board game favorites by making custom shoes for game night. We highlight four of the major players who will custom make them for you! - SahmReviews.com

The next board game I chose was Scythe by Stonemaier Games. With its darker design I elected to go with a brown motif on Vans’ Old Skool style. The gray stripe down the side is subtle enough to not interrupt the flow of the artwork, yet present enough to still be seen.

Show off your board game favorites by making custom shoes for game night. We highlight four of the major players who will custom make them for you! - SahmReviews.com

I then happened upon SpreadShoes, a small China-based company specializing in one-off custom shoes. While I cannot attest to the comfort or quality, their website certainly made designing a shoe based off a board game (in this case, Feudum) very easy.

Show off your board game favorites by making custom shoes for game night. We highlight four of the major players who will custom make them for you! - SahmReviews.com

We’re all familiar with Zazzle. What I didn’t realize is that among the t-shirts, mugs and tote bags was a line of customizable flip flops. These remind us of warm weather and the artwork for Settlers of Catan looks warm, so the imagery from this board game was a perfect fit for this design.

Show off your board game favorites by making custom shoes for game night. We highlight four of the major players who will custom make them for you! - SahmReviews.com

But what if we wanted to do a little more customization to the shoes other than just printing? BrandYourShoes offers side, tongue, shoestring and heel customization along with the application of a full color logo on the sides. One of the first hobby game companies we started working with years ago (and is still a favorite to this day) was Tasty Minstrel Games. A quick use of their online shoe designer and an upload of Tasty Minstrel’s logo and we had a solution that we would be proud to sport!

Show off your board game favorites by making custom shoes for game night. We highlight four of the major players who will custom make them for you! - SahmReviews.com

And just last week, Under Armour began offering a customized version of their popular Curry 5 line of sneakers. Not only can you upload your own image to be printed on the upper, you can choose matching laces, heel accents and soles! We decided to go with one of the hit tile games from last year, Azul by Next Move Games!

These are just five companies we found that let you design your new kicks from start to finish and provided a digital mockup in real time. There are a couple other companies that prefer to communicate by email, with an artist on the other end making sure the designs are submitted correctly. A little longer process, but I’m sure the results are just as good, if not better!

What board game design would you put on your shoes?

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

10 comments on «Wear a Favorite Board Game on Your Feet»

  1. Sue E says:

    I had to pin this! This is incredible!! I love the idea and was already thinking of what I would put on my shoes! The game board designs look like they can go with any casual outfit!!
    I really thank you for sharing! I wonder why I don’t see these kind of treasures when I am out and about?? I guess I don’t go to the cool places!!

  2. Terry says:

    Wow, this is so amazing as I have not seen anything like this until now. I used to paint on my girls’ shoes when they were little which was over 30 years ago but it was nothing like these. This would be so fun to try.

  3. I just never knew this option was possible and never thought about custom making your shoes this way. How very different and cool. Did the girls go for this and if so, what designs did they choose? I’m now thinking of this as a great present for my neice and nephew after I have had a think about the best designs they would love.

    1. Scott says:

      I showed it to the girls, but now the problem is they can’t make up their mind! I guess I’ll have to order it and make it an xmas present!

  4. Those shoes look super cool. What a great idea to uploading graphics of board games to apply on your kicks!

  5. Susanna says:

    What a cute idea! I know a number of board game obsessed folks who would love to wear these. And my oldest son loves Monopoly. I need to see if I can get hime some Monopoly shoes for Christmas.

  6. Neely Moldovan says:

    I would wear monopoly which is my all time favorite. We have a ton ofversions of it!

  7. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    This is awesome. The board game designs are great. I am thinking about which board game would look nice on a pair of Vans! Tough choice to make. 🙂

  8. These shoes looks super cute and fun. I would want to have a monopoly design on my shoes.

  9. Rachel says:

    I don’t know that I love a board game enough that I would wear it. I would wear books on my shoes though.

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