Melodie Narain knows the toll that wearing heels takes on a woman’s feet.
"I felt a change," the Bowie, Md., resident said. “My knees couldn’t handle it. My back couldn’t handle it. I knew I wasn’t the only woman going through this.”
Narain thought that it should be convenient for women to be able to purchase a comfortable, affordable pair of shoes to provide fast relief in such moments of agony.
From that idea, Sole Savers Inc. was born. The Bowie-based company owns two shoe vending machines in the Mid-Atlantic region, including a location in the Gallery at Harborplace in Baltimore.
The blue vending machine is stocked with 175 pairs of rollable flat shoes that can easily fit in a pocketbook.
"We provide immediate access,” Narain said. “The shoes are geared toward business women or moms — people who have achy feet from high heels and they need relief.”
The shoes come in four colors — gold, silver, pink and black — and four sizes: small (sizes 5-6); medium (sizes 7-8); large (sizes 9-10) and extra-large (sizes 11-12). Each pair costs $19.95. Next week, Narain plans to add five new colors to the mix.
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