Vending Machines for After Party Shoes

June 27, 2009 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - High Heel Fashion
This is a follow up on our post Free Shoes For People in Devon, in which a town in the UK was handing out flip flops to people who have had too much to drink. The program was geared towards women in high heels that had been out drinking at bars in fear that they will injure themselves walking home.

Image courtesy of Rollasole

Three new companies in England have taken this idea a bit further by selling their version of portable flats in vending machines at nightclubs. Rollasoles, Afterheels and Butterfly Twists have manufactured rollable or foldable ballet flats that sell for about 5 GBP, or $8.25 USD. There are listed 27 clubs offering the Rollasoles and 11 offering Afterheels. There was no information availalbe on clubs offering Butterfly Twists at this time. Rollasoles are available in 3 colors (black, gold and silver) and sold
in 3 sizes (small, medium and large). AfterHeels are currently available in metallic black pearl with fuchsia pink lining in two sizes (small and medium). Butterfly Twists are only available in black in 3 sizes (small, medium and large). All three are sold with a matching bag to carry their wearer’s shoes home. These shoes are a great idea also for those who must wear high heels at work. One can wear these for the ride or drive to and from work and easily change out of them into high heels. There currently are no vending machines here in the US selling this product. We are
Image courtesy of AfterHeels

Image courtesy of ButterflyTwists

unsure if these companies ship to the US but we did find one company here in the US, SpareSoles, which has an online store that carries ballet flats that has them in 4 sizes (small, medium, large and x-large) and 7 different colors (black, brown, gold, ivory, leopard, silver and white). They range in price from $25-$29 a pair (not including shipping). Each pair comes

with a matching pouch with wrist strap meant for carrying the flats only. They are not designed to carry the heels which have been taken off.

Is this trend something we should be expecting to see here in the states in the next few years? We buy food, drinks, personal products and many other items from vending machines, why not shoes? Women go out clubbing in high heels and normally have aching feet by the end of the night. Due to our society, women here in the US usually have some sort of transportation to get home, other than their own two feet. But in resort areas these could possibly become a big hit. Along with vending machines selling flats for women wearing high heels one could find in fancier restaurants or clubs, vending machines that sell ties for men or dress shoes for women.

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Economy Effects on Shoe & Apparel Prices

June 21, 2009 :: Posted by - admin :: Category - News

Happy Father’s Day!!

First we would like to post an update to a post we made back in November titled Lower Shoe Prices for Who. Earlier this year the Affordable Footwear Act was hoped to become part of the economic stimulus package that went before Congress. Unfortunately it was not included. The AAFA intends to continue to push approval of this act by Congress. Because this bill (H.R. 3934) was introduced in a previous session of Congress, no more action can occur on it. Sessions of Congress last two years, and at the end of each session all proposed bills and resolutions that haven’t passed are cleared from the books. This bill has been reintroduced as S. 730: Affordable Footwear Act of 2009. The latest action was on March 26, 2009 in which it was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee, according to govtrack.us.

We have also come upon another interesting bit of news. Back in early February 2009, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced that the VAT export rebate for apparel and textiles was being increased from 14% to 15%. It is unknown if this affects the footwear industry, but one would think that it should. The export tax rebate refers to the money the tax authority returns to exporting enterprises for the indirect tax they pay in the production and distribution process. Even if it does not affect footwear, one would think it should affect the price of apparel that is being imported from China. Since the manufacturers are seeing some sort of break in the costs they are incurring to export their goods, couldn’t they possibly pass along a discount to the importers who are purchasing their merchandise? If they could pass along a discount, the retailers should be able to offer some sort of lower price along to the consumers. Rather than seeing any decrease in cost of the merchandise we offer, unfortunately we have seen an increase. We have not passed any of these increase in costs along to our customers at this time, and hope that we do not
have to.

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