Should obsessions be fed?
I have been pondering this for about a week, ever since I got my exclusive invitation to Sole Society. Associated with the flash sale site HauteLook, this is basically a subscription shoe service. You take a style quiz, and your virtual closet is populated with shoes based on your style.
My style, apparently, is classic, understated, and elegant. Stop laughing. That’s what the quiz said! Is it any wonder that my first closet full of shoes was disappointing, at best. I didn’t like any of the bland shoes on offer. I may like classic clothes, but south of my ankle is Fun Town. Fortunately, you can ask for another batch of shoes, and the second try is better. There are actually some fun colors and styles.
So, the deal is, you pick which shoe you want for the month, and order it. Once you’ve placed your first order, every month you will have options to choose from. You can skip a month, no penalty. And the shoes are a good price; only $49.95 a pair.
So why am I stressed out about this? First of all, all of the shoes are by one designer. And when I Google that designer, this comes up:
Apparently Marco Santi is not just for shoes, but also for Mixed Martial Arts. And Marco Santi shoes can only be found on Sole Society. Exclusive is good, but on the other hand, I don’t know what kind of quality these shoes are. Will they fit my feet? Will they be comfortable? Will they be falling apart in no time at all?
Then there’s the purely practical question that I shudder to ask: how many pairs of shoes are too many? If I’m buying a pair of shoes from Sole Society every month, does that mean I can’t buy more shoes from other places? Or that I won’t have the shoe money? It gives me pause. I’m also having Columbia House flashbacks–yes, 8 tapes for a penny were awesome, and I jammed out to my Depeche Mode, but then it just seemed like a hassle–a lot of mailings and sending back unwanted items. What if I forgot to reject a month’s shoe purchase, and they sent me something ugly? Quelle horreur!
What do you think? Would you sign up for Sole Society? Or give it a pass?