There’s no “buyer beware” when it comes to the joy a shoe and foot fetishist may have when they get to satisfy their deep desire to get a sniff of your old shoes. Just the thought of all the walking, running, and sweating you may have done in them makes for a lovely treasure to the right foot and shoe lover.
What is a shoe fetish?
Well, the clinical term is “Retifism” and as noted in Wikipedia, “Shoe fetishism is the attribution of attractive sexual qualities to shoes or other footwear as a matter of sexual preference, or an alternative or complement to a relationship with a partner.” Just like some people who may get turned on by sexy lingerie, others find that their partners (or sometimes anyones) shoes will do the trick for them and enhance either their relationships or their own personal fantasies.
Don’t fool yourself, if you get into the business of selling your old shoes you’ll be catering to some very particular interests and you may get some feedback about what you’re selling right away. And remember, don’t be shocked because anyone buying your shoes is going to be doing it to get their rocks off. Brace yourself for some unique requests and get ready to enter the world of shoe fetishes where your footwear matters way more than your face does!
Your Feet Don’t Smell Like Roses
The motto is – the smellier, the better!
So, if you have particularly odoriferous feet, then you may have found a hidden goldmine in the, not often talked about, world of re-selling used shoes.
Let it be said, that everyone – and I don’t care who you are – everyone has a fetish of some kind. Whether they admit to it and embrace it or not, there’s one thing for sure someone with a shoe fetish, who is specifically after old shoes, knows exactly what they want and they hope to hell your feet weren’t clean and smelling like roses the last time you wore your shoes!
It’s amazing when you look around at all the kinky and/or stinky videos available online just how many specialize and crater to people with shoe fetishes. Over 200,000 clips alone fill the Shoe Fetish category on Clips4Sale and that to me is mind blowing! It also speaks volumes to just how big this fetish market really is and how far it reaches.
Your Trash is Someone’s Treasure
You heard me right and it’s true what they say, one woman’s (or man’s) trash is truly another person’s treasure – especially when it comes to tossing out those well-worn sneakers, slippers, boots or heels. Just when you’re thinking it’s time for a new pair of trainers, why not get them funded by a foot fetishist by selling your old ones?
There are websites dedicated to the sale of old, worn clothing and shoes, but one of the main ones for selling old shoes is eBay. It’s the one site where you can literally go from buying a 100K luxury sports car to a pair of old shoes for 40 bucks.
eBay proves that they offer something for everyone, shoe fetishist included, and if you’re lucky you can tap into this unique market with nothing more than a visit to your closet (or the local thrift store to get a pair or two that you can trash yourself and then re-sell).
10 Tips and Tricks for Selling on eBay and Online Marketing
- Start a new eBay account just for selling your old shoes. Why? Because if your listing gets pulled then your compliance rating will be lowered and you may get a listing limit added to your account then you’ll be out of luck when free listing events happen.
- Get a new Gmail account and don’t use your real name. Come up with an online persona for your shoe sales. You’ll thank me in the long run for this advice. You can even come up with a cheeky name for yourself to sell your shoes.
- Check out social media accounts because if you really want to do this right, you’ll need to market your listings and sites like Twitter and Tumblr make a great place to advertise your old shoes for free!
- A picture speaks a thousand words… You can put as many photos as you want (up to 12 for free) to advertise your shoes, but remember to keep the shots below the knee! Shooting anything higher may be distracting to your sales pitch.
- Use terms like “Well Worn”, “Trashed” and “Used” in your title and in your description. The better you can describe just how “well worn” your shoes are, the more chance you’ll have of selling them and possibly getting a return customer. If you wear them without socks – great! Make sure you note all the things you’ve done in the shoes like running, working out or just walking. On a side note, why not film yourself (just your feet) doing some of these things in your shoes to make them all smelly before you sell them… You only need 2 – 5 minutes per video and you can always sell the clips too! Plus, you can talk about how smelly they are in the clips because in a clip you can basically do and say anything! If you want to sell you clips too, check out Clips4Sale.com, it’s free too start your online clip store and offers a 60% split on all sales and they cover all other costs! Are you ready? Go Open a Studio at Clips4Sale now!
- Don’t say your old “well worn” shoes stink or smell – that is a listing killer. While you can’t say it in as many words in the listing a foot fetishist will get the picture if you have written about how the shoes have been worn and they will understand how well you’ve personally added to their unique aroma.
- IMPORTANT: Due to posting rules on eBay you do have to say that you will “clean the shoes to meet eBay’s and the manufacturers standards and guidelines” – but you really don’t need to clean them, plus it’ll ruin the whole effect and reason they are being purchased. However, you must comply with the rules by stating you’ll clean them and that’s that. PS – Don’t clean them!
- Don’t use the term “fetish” anywhere in your listing as this can be an automatic cancellation of the listing. eBay won’t even advise of the listing being pulled. While many people sell their old shoes on eBay knowing a shoe fetishist is going to buy them, you don’t want to fall into the trap by waving a big red flag that you are selling yours for someone else’s kinky kicks.
- Be accessible to your potential buyers by letting them know you’ll answer questions about your listing by emailing you. A true foot fetishist will want to know the down and dirty of your shoes and don’t be shy about telling them.
- Remember to ship your shoes discreetly, put them in a zip lock bag to keep them smelling “good” and you should also offer to sell in both the US and Internationally too because there are foot fetishists all over the world who love a good old shoe!
Just to give you an idea about who’s selling what on eBay, check out a few of these searches below:
Looking for more information? There are some very interesting articles about people’s experiences with selling old shoes online too. Check out this piece from Metro, Don’t throw out your old shoes – sell them to someone with a foot fetish instead or this one from MSN Money, How Emma made £2,000 selling trashed shoes on eBay – and you could too.
Here’s to making someone’s toes tingle and your pockets jingle!