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A new Toronto-based website lets shoppers create customized shoes

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Ashley Ebner, a Toronto-based graduate of the London College of Fashion, launched a design-your-own shoe website called Joker’s Closet late last month. Shoppers choose from a small collection of seasonal designs (we like all six options for spring, especially a lace-up flat with cut-outs and a versatile two-strap wedge sandal) and then pick the type of leather and colour for every part of the shoe, all the way down to the stitching. The custom shoes are handmade and take about four weeks to arrive. At $295—$420, they’re not cheap, but take heart: shipping is free.