When reporting on a pair of shoes, I generally give a price point. Some people will shrug; others will stare in disbelief that anybody would spend that kind of money on something that obviously isn’t going to be worn regularly.
The latter group, should they happen to be within the general vicinity of Boise, Idaho, will find that particular concern addressed by One Night Stand, which actually rents shoes for $6 to $12 a night plus a refundable deposit. They stock stuff like this, and each pair is given a round in the decontamination chamber, or something similar, before it’s turned loose on a customer.
Most women wear their formal shoes only one or two times before relegating them to the back of the closet. If you’re like me, your rhinestone-studded prom pieces are gathering dust, taking up space, and remotely guilting you out for not wearing them more often. Assuming the shoes are thoroughly sanitized and in good shape, I’d definitely be willing to take a rental pair out for a test drive. I also like the idea of renting shoes as a way to figure out whether a certain pair is comfortable enough for a whole night on the town. If the rental audition went well, I’d gladly buy a pair.
The drawback, of course, is that you have to be somewhere near Boise or this makes no sense. Will there be franchises some day?