Most women wear heels when they go out dancing. And walking home home on tired and sore feet, in heels, can be a grueling experience.
This is a problem that one German student, Isabella Fent, has solved. She has created vending machines, called Rollasoles, that sell super cheap ballet flats to women to wear on their way home from the club. These ballet flats cost around $10, and are meant to be worn for the walk home. You even get a bag to put your heels in.
Now on the surface, this seems like a savvy answer to an annoying problem women face when they’re out late dancing. But I can’t help but be critical of the idea because it’s just one more “disposable” product that will get tossed in a landfill. Like we need more of that.
A better answer?
Don’t wear heels to go dancing.
Yeah, I get it, they look great. But a recent study, as reported by TIME Magazine, proves that most men don’t notice when a woman is wearing heels anyway. So why bother putting yourself through the pain of wearing them? They’re hard to dance in anyway.
I wear VivaBarefoot shoes, made by Terraplana, when I go dancing. These shoes mimic barefoot walking and are, hands down, the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. I have four pair, and other than my winter boots and a pair of sandals, don’t own any other brand of shoe. Yes, they’re that amazing. I could dance all night in them (and have!)
They’re also eco friendly because they’re made with sustainable and recycled materials.
So, don’t be surprised if you see a machine selling disposable flats at your favorite big city club. But if you do, think twice before you purchase a pair. Sure, they’re an answer to an immediate need. But they’re a product that is made to be thrown away. Just like cheap clothing and disposable fashion, they’re a short term solution that, I think, does more harm than good.
(Photo credit: Clare & James)
Filed under: Eco Fashion on October 19th, 2010