Custom Chacos: How To Create Custom Sandals

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In this article, I’m going to be introducing the idea of Custom Chacos and explaining how to create custom sandals. I’ll also take through the story of how I created my own custom Chacos for a full summer of guiding on Lake Tahoe! 

About Custom Chacos

Chaco allows you to customize your very own pair of adventure sandals. But that’s not all you can customize via this option. In addition to sandals, Chaco gives you options for customizing belts, wrist straps, dog leashes, and dog collars. Because I only have experience designing a pair of custom sandals, that’s the area I’ll focus on in the rest of this blog. 

When I first signed on, I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed by all the options. I wouldn’t call myself a designer (by any stretch of the imagination), so it took me a little while to wrap my head around all the features and options I had to choose from.

The first choice I had to make was the type of sandal I wanted to customize. I’ve always had Chacos with a toe loop, so I opted for the Men’s Z/2 Sandal with a single strap and toe loop. 

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Print Shop Home Screen

How to Customize Your Own Chacos

After I picked the type of sandal I wanted, I was redirected to the next screen, which gave me options to customize each of the specific elements of those sandals. I had never really thought about all of the different parts of Chaco sandals until I arrived on this screen.

You’ll have the opportunity to customize the following elements of your Chacos: main strap, heel leash, heel riser, buckle strap, buckle, stitching, footbed, sole, logo badge, and embroidery. 

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Print Shop Customization Screen

For the main strap and heel leash, you’ll have the option of choosing from the Chaco Design Library or uploading your own image. If you upload your own image for the main strap, Chaco adds $5 to the overall price of your sandals.

You’ll also have to make sure the image conforms to Chaco’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Images with low resolution may not turn out as bright and crisp as you imagine, so be careful to use only high-quality images when uploading your own. 

In addition to choosing the colors of all the elements of your Chacos, you’ll also get to add the Cloud footbed and choose from Chaco’s three grip patterns for the sole (Chacogrip, Colorado, Terreno). You’ll also have the option to add a custom embroidered message to the heel leashes of your sandals.

You’ll be able to place a different message on the left and right heels of your sandals, but that message must be eight characters or less for each foot. In the final step, you’ll choose the appropriate length and your preferred width (medium vs. wide). You’ll also be able to add any Special Instructions that you think the customization team should keep in mind when producing your custom Chacos. 

As you make changes to the design of your Chacos, the image in the design screen will update to most accurately reflect your choices. You’ll also be able to cycle through multiple different views so that you get a better idea of how your custom Chacos will look from every angle.

A fun option that Chaco includes at the bottom of the screen is the ‘Surprise Me’ button. This will randomize the design of your very own Chacos if you’re having trouble coming up with a design that you like. 

My Custom Chacos Experience

Overall, my experience in creating Custom Chacos was easy and seamless. I loved seeing my customized Chacos come into form as I selected my preferred options and I am more than happy with the resulting product now that I have them in-person.

My major concern was how the printed lettering would come out on the main strap of my Chacos. I designed that image in Canva and tried several varieties before ultimately settling on that one.

When my Chacos arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at how sharp and clear the lettering appears on that main strap. I’m really excited to put these new Chacos to use guiding for Tahoe Adventure Company all summer! 

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‘The Backpack Guide’ Lettering on Main Strap

Check Out My Custom Chacos!

Here’s where I’ll give you the opportunity to check out my Chacos from every angle. Just so you know, I chose the Terreno grip for the sole of my Chacos and went with the Cloud footbed (who doesn’t want to feel like they’re walking on a cloud?!).

I also chose the wide version over the medium width because I like to have a little extra protection around my feet as I move kayaks and go in and out of rocky beaches quite a bit throughout the summer. 

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Custom Footbed (No Longer Available) and Green Logo Badge
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Terreno Sole
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Heel Leash (Image Selected From Chaco Design Library)

How to Get Chacos! 

Making Custom Chacos only takes a few minutes and you can basically guarantee that you’ll be the ONLY one rocking your unique style!


About The Backpack Guide

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Main Strap – Lounging with Truckee River in Background

As The Backpack Guide, I’m on a mission to explore the wilderness, create learning opportunities, and connect with nature. These are the objectives that underline all the content I create on this site.

I want to inspire others to recreate in their respective wildernesses and to do so in the safest, most enjoyable manner possible. I’m also very interested in the experiences of others in the wild and I want to create a community of people that share those experiences and the lessons they’ve learned as a result.

If my mission resonates with you, you think we may have an awesome opportunity to collaborate, or you simply want to connect, I’d love to hear from you!

Feel free to reach out to me directly (email below), or share your adventure by tagging @thebackpackguide on Instagram, which is where I’m most active. You can also find me on FacebookPinterestTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Side note: Once you’ve learned how you can make your own Custom Chacos, be sure to investigate the articles in my Hiking Tips and Trails section. Check out my Outdoor Gear page for reviews on water filters, tents, hiking shoes, trekking poles, and more. Also, you might enjoy my Backpack Reviews if you’re in need of a new pack, which includes brands like Kelty, REI, and Gregory.

Finally, my YouTube Channel is full of informative video content if you’re not really into reading! I do receive a commission on purchases made through the affiliate links on this website. Those earnings go directly back into my efforts to produce more informative content for my readers!

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

– Paulo Coelho

The Backpack Guide

Custom Chacos

Starts at $130

Sandal Comfort


Ease of Use (Design Platform)


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  • Super Comfy Footbeds
  • Ability to Upload Your Own Design
  • Customization for Branding


  • Not Knowing What They're Really Going to Look Like Until They Arrive
  • Your Friends Might Be Jealous!


  1. Sherry

    Very awesome! I didn’t know this was a thing! My boyfriend and I love the outdoors. He had a pair similar to chacos that lasted him forever. I will have to show him this! He has issues with plantar fasciatis – how is the arch support? do they have options for better support? Thanks for sharing!

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      Tucker Ballister

      I have very, very high arches and I found that Chacos provide more arch support than my Tevas (although there’s a time and a place where I prefer Tevas too). I hope that’s helpful! 

  2. Myra

    What a very cool and unique idea. I can see that the quality of the printing is excellent on the products that you have displayed. Love that you give a review of the print shop. Seems like it is an easy process. I have often thought of using a online print shop but was not sure of the quality of the printing. The printing quality here does not seem to be a problem. Thank you for the information. 

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      Tucker Ballister

      I’ll be honest that I was initially a little concerned about how the quality would look when the sandals actually arrived. Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised and they haven’t shown much wear and tear after almost a full summer of heavy use! 

  3. Henderson

    I love sandals a lot and I have some pairs at home. Seeing that I can make my own custom sandals is awesome and all I just need is some simple tweaking and editing. I think I’ll try to make this custom chacos on print shop. I am already so excited about getting my own custom sandals. Thanks so much for the info.

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  4. Virendra

    Customizing your clothing is really amazing! Thank you for this article! Just wondering about something, my experience with print shops is that they are keeping costs low by providing clothes of very low quality, as printing individual and customised clothing is more expensive than making just 1000 same stuff in one go. Is this also the case with Chacos or are they providing better quality than average?

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      Tucker Ballister

      They are providing extremely high quality adventure sandals while still giving you the option to customize them! I’ve been using my sandals pretty heavily since I got them this spring and haven’t seen an ounce of wear and tear whatsoever! 

  5. RoDarrick

    I love spending quite a lot of time outside but I never owned a pair of chacos though I had one that resembles but not totally like this. I like the sharpness of the letterings and how deep they appear on the strap. It would feel nice to have my own customised chacos too. Though it’s with extra $5, but that’s nothing compared to the joy of wearing a pair with my name inscribed on it.

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      Tucker Ballister

      It’s worth putting your name on them because, with how good they’re going to look, you might have some friends or coworkers eyeing them once you start wearing them around! 

  6. Eric

    I’ve heard of tee printshops, But never about being able to do your own prints on shoes. This is awesome my children are artists, getting some of their art on my shoes, in my opinion, would show them this how much I appreciate the drawing there constantly doing for me.

    I have a few T-shirts which have some of their art. We are very outdoorsy people and appreciate anything which symbolizes outdoors.

    I see that you’ve indicated they provide arch support, I have very low arches, So these Chacos will be perfect for me.

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  7. Dane

    This is one very simple and straight forward post. I’d love to have some customize tag for my cat and chacoc for my entire family in our coming vacation. These are really pretty designs I’d love to have for myself. 

    our vacation would be around d December, how do I go about getting my own customized chacoc. 

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      Tucker Ballister

      Hi Dane! You can get started customizing your own Chacos for the entire family by visiting one of the several links in my post that will take you to the Chacos website. Here’s another link if that’s easier:

  8. Stella

    What can be so fascinating than to have a long-lasting pair of Chacos that have eye-catching designs? I am seeing many beautiful works of art and design here. I need to order one of those beautiful designs. I like the fact that we can upload our heal leash option for our desired comfort and balance. What is the lowest price one can ever meet from the Chacos print shop?

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      Tucker Ballister

      Thanks Stella! The customizable Chacos start at $80 and only really go up depending on the specific options you select! I look forward to seeing your design when you get your new Chacos! 

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