Zappos is taking a big step toward being more inclusive. Shoes are always sold in pairs, right? Well, not anymore. Zappos will now allow shoppers to buy single shoes instead of a pair and that could make a big difference for folks who need just one shoe or who need shoes in different sizes. This could make shopping for footwear much easier for those with limb or physical differences, amputees, and those with differing feet sizes.
And they’re not jacking the prices up if you’re only buying one either, single shoes will cost exactly half the price of a pair. They’ll be available in select styles from six popular brands including Converse, New Balance, Nike and Stride Rite. Single shoes will be sold in men’s, women’s and kid’s sizes, ranging from toddlers to men’s size 18 and women’s size 13, and widths from narrow to extra-extra wide will be available.
The shoe site says customers have been requesting the single shoe option for years, so they decided to give it a try. Now people can buy one if that’s all they need, or mix and match sizes and styles to create a custom pair. Zappos is trying the single shoe sales out as a test program and if it all goes well, they plan to roll it out permanently and expand to include more brands and styles.