This paper presents an experimental cloud service framework for design evaluation of personalized footwear in augmented reality (AR) via networks. The service allows users to ubiquitously perceive themselves trying on three-dimensional (3D) shoe models in a video stream. They upload a clip of feet motion recorded by a commercial depth camera to the cloud. A new clip is generated to display the try-on process and made available to specified receivers via video streaming on a mobile device. The framework design emphasizes making most use of open-source software and off-the-shelf technologies commercially available. A prototyping cloud system implementing the framework demonstrates the practical value of virtual footwear try-on as AR as a service (ARaaS). This experimental study realizes the idea of human-centric design evaluation in modern e-commerce. The cloud framework may provide a feasible example to improve the usability for real-time applications of AR.

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