Design Your Own Shoes: Lines That Help You Show Off Your Creativity

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Imagine stepping into a shoe that not only perfectly forms to your feet but is one you designed, all while just staring at your laptop. The future of shoes is changing in that you will be able to custom design the style, color, and feel of your new kicks. It's all about encouraging every person's creativity and allows for a unique, personal twist on your next new pair of shoes.

Taking to the liking of designing your own shoes, check out Marcus' MOZO shoe line that provides chefs with the ultimate stylish, comfort shoe in the kitchen. The MOZO Chef Signature Collection is a collection of chef shoes created by various chefs such as Chef Chris Cosentino and Chef Aaron Sanchez, that are currently available on MozoShoes.com. These shoes are not only uniquely designed chef shoes, but provide anyone who has to stand on their feet all day long with a sense of comfort in mind.

Check out some of the companies that enable you to customize your new kicks:

Nike: Nike, the king of all things related to new kicks has of course taken a liking to custom designing your own brand-spanking-new kicks. The beauty of Nike is that prior to customizing your new kicks, the website provides you with information on why that shoe is right for you. If you are in training or just want a leisure shoe, Nike has it all and so much more. Get ready to 'Be Like Mike' as you take to the shoe designing world just like Michael Jordan did.

Converse: Converse is all about gaining a little bit of inspiration when it comes to customizing your new Converse sneakers. The company encourages you to create your own sneakers with a customized note along the side or to choose from the seasonal sneakers that are ready to be customized to your liking. For around $60 you can customize your very own Converse shoes; how cool is that!

Vans: Vans is certainly an "Off The Wall" company where you literally choose from an array of Vans shoes that are hanging on their wall to custom design. The custom designing process enables you to choose your own designs for all parts of the shoe, or goes one step above and allows you to choose from designs already made. Let your friends get a say in if they are keen on your design, through the chat tool on the design page; just another way Vans creates a unique custom designing experience.

Reebok: Reebok is all about enabling you to create your perfect one-of-a-kind Reebok shoe in mere minutes. Reebok provides you with their basic shoe; all you have to do is jazz it up any way you like. With over 2 million people already having designed their own pair, you can be next to hop on the Reebok band-wagon as they are taking the custom shoe designing world by storm.

Shoes of Prey: Don't worry ladies the world of designing your own shoes is just not all about creating unique kicks, but also about how fashionably well you can design your next pair of heels. We all know how hard it is to find that perfect heel, so what better way to find the perfect pair of heels then to create your own. Using a step-by-step guide you can design your new heels within seconds.

Milk & Honey: Milk & Honey enables you to design your most elegant heel that you were inspired from the storefronts but just don't have the hundreds of dollars that the pair in the window costs. While you are designing your new pumps you can ask a stylist how to perfectly finish your heels. Follow their step-by-step guide and you will be happy you chose to customize a pair of pumps from here.

With new fashion trends springing up in a store near you, the way of the future is all about custom designing everything you purchase. Customizing your own shoes allow you to enjoy a pair of pumps, kicks, heels or sneakers for years to come, and of course allow you the bragging rights on how you created your new pair of shoes.

What would your pair of customized shoes look like?

Photo: lesleychoa

My Signature Shoe Collection for MOZO

We've featured numerous fashion articles on my site this month and how fashion relates to food. If MOZO shoes aren't a great example of the combination of the two, then I don't know what is! MOZO is an extraordinary line of high performance footwear designed, not only for chefs, but for all those who want comfort while working a high demand job on your feet. I'm honored to be a part of their latest collection called "Chef Cabinet." Along with fellow Chefs Aaron Sanchez and Chris Cosentino, I worked with them to design my own line of signature chef shoes. With MOZO's help, I designed three signature styles, the "Uptown", the "Madison", and the "Downtown". I designed them with functionality as well as Harlem style in mind. Check them all out here.

Also, check out my video below, on my collaboration with MOZO.

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I wear the "Downtown" pair all the time. Which one is your favorite design?

Introducing My MOZO Shoe Line

The Greek philosopher Plato called necessity the mother of invention.  I've definitely found this true working in a kitchen, there are always problems that need to be solved, and often chefs have to think on the spot to find a solution.  When it came to designing shoes for chefs, I knew that there were a lot of ways to improve on the time-honored shoe and make it timely.  I'm really excited about my new line of shoes and proud to collaborate with MOZO shoes on a stylish and comfortable solution to chef shoes. My three styles are called The Uptown, The Downtown, and The Madison.  Each has its own flair, and look great whether you're inside or out of the kitchen.

I wore the Downtown shoes to the 2011 James Beard Awards; http://marcussamuelsson.com/news/my-thoughts-on-a-wonderful-night-at-the-2011-james-beard-awards they're my take on what Manhattan would have been like in the 1940s, when it was custom to always be decked out with a nice hat and in a pinstripe suit.

The Madison is chic for stepping out from behind the stove and heading for a night out with your buddies; and the Uptown takes cues from the copper cookware in classic New York diners.

I wanted the young chefs in my kitchen to have an affordable yet stylish option.  All the gear you need to be a chef is really expensive and it's hard to be paying out of pocket for all the tools.

Whether you're a professional or an avid home cook, I hope you find these a stylish and comfortable addition to your kitchen wardrobe.

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My Fashion Style

There are many ways to express myself, be it through food at Red Rooster, on FoodRepublic.com, or through what I wear daily. Whether I'm wearing my Grandfather's overcoat, the chef's shoes I created with MOZO, or a pair of deep blue Levi's 501 Jeans, I like to be adventurous and have fun with my clothes. And while the clothes shape my image, I mark them too, they're full of stains from grease to vinegar to pork. Check out my week's worth of wardrobe in the New York Times Sunday Styles section.