This post brought to you by If The Shoe Doesnt Fit. All opinions are 100% mine.
Remember your college days? You and your roommates sharing and swapping your entire wardrobe with each other? That way you could all get more outfits and not have to spend any more money (after all, you were probably living on ramen noodles already).
For me, the best part about clothes swapping was the shoes. I love to accessorize with shoes, and getting to share shoes with my best friend made it easier and more fun for both of us.
It’s a fun way to join the green movement. This way, instead of throwing away your shoes (and contributing to the 300 million pairs of shoes that Americans put into landfills every year), you can save your planet and your wallet.
The idea is simple – auctions for shoes. The site works much the same way as other sites. Except the fees to list an item are much lower. It costs just $1 per item. There’s no percentage of the sale when it sells either.
There are a few improvements I would like to see on If The Shoe Doesnt Fit as it matures. I would like to see the swap system developed and changed a bit. Right now, you have to agree to swap shoes with someone. You take a pair from them, and they take a pair from you. You both have to agree.
Eventually, I’d love to see the site develop a more PaperBackSwap method. (Where you list a pair of shoes, and agree to swap. But, you don’t necessarily have to swap with that person. You get a point for each pair of shoes you swap, and you trade your point for a pair of shoes you want. This way the swap isn’t forced to be only between two people.)
I would also like to see it be a little easier to search by size. It’s really easy to search by style, but searching by size and color was more difficult. Making sure that the search fields are the same across all the pages of the site would help.
Again, those are all things that would make the site better, in my opinion.
I really like the idea of being able to trade and sell shoes. It’s an especially good idea for moms whose kids grow in and out of shoes so quickly! It’s also good for parents who have kids in sports and need a specific pair of shoes for each sport, but only fit into them for one season.
It’s also a fun way to clean out your closet and make some money while you’re at it. If The Shoe Doesnt Fit is a fun way to recycle shoes(both yours and someone else’s). And, as a bonus, you can pretend you’re back in college again.