Women, more than men, are more likely to hold onto multiple pairs of shoes – even if they don’t wear them anymore. The average woman has about 7 pairs of shoes in her closet that never see the light of day, while men only have about 3. Women also restock their shoe collections every six months, with an average of 11 pairs they wear on a regular basis.
What if you could make money off all those shoes that are just collecting dust and taking up space in your closet? Even if you sold each pair for just $20, that’s $140! In this article, we’ll share the best places to sell your shoes including sneakers, boots, high heels, and more. So, dust off those shoe boxes, and let’s start making some money.
Although Sofia Gray is known mostly for being the largest used panty marketplace in the world, it’s also a great place to sell your sexy shoes and other items. The same people searching for used underwear are probably interested in those strappy stilettos or thigh-high boots in the back of your closet.
Once you register on Sofia Gray, you can start uploading all of your items into different categories and collections from used panties and lingerie, to stockings, socks, and shoes. Buyers view the items in your collection and send you messages and order requests. Be sure to respond promptly to all inquiries so you never miss a sale.
The best part is, Sofia Gray doesn’t charge any commission. Sellers keep 100% of their profits and are only required to pay a small listing fee for access to thousands of kinky buyers around the world. Choose between a 3-month package for $24.99 or a 6-month package for $44.99. The only other thing you’re responsible for is shipping the products in a timely fashion using a reliable shipping company like FedEx or UPS. Once the money is deposited in your Sofia Gray account you can start making withdrawals using any of the site’s convenient options.
If you love designer shoes, then this is the online consignment shop for you. The RealReal specializes in luxury brands like Chanel, Gucci, and Micahel Kors. There are a few ways to sell your shoes on this platform, including:
TheRealReal has a team of over 90 experts that work together to authenticate, photograph, appraise, and sell shoes, jewelry, and other garments. When it comes to earnings, most payouts range from between 50% and 55% of the selling price. You’ll get paid either through direct deposit or a check. You can also collect earnings as site credit and earn another 5%.
Flyp connects shoe collectors like you with professional sellers, also known as “Pro Sellers” who take the reins and do all the legwork for you (no pun intended). Because all of the Pro Sellers on Flyp work off commission, they hustle to get you the best possible price for your shoes. The more money they sell them for, the more money they make – and you!
Pro Sellers on Flyp are skilled at taking attractive, professional photos. They’re also extremely knowledgeable about shoe brands, styles, and trends. This knowledge makes it easy for them to find and score the best deals for you and set prices that result in the biggest profit. Pro Sellers even handle all of the shipping and handling fees, taking the guesswork out of selling your shoes.
If you’re worried about the security and legitimacy of this site, don’t be. Flyp has a thorough protection policy that ensures neither you nor the Pro Seller gets scammed. If a pair of your shoes don’t sell within the first 90 days, you can request for Flyp to send it back, choose to donate it, lower the fees, or choose to sell it at a discounted price.
Poshmark is one of the most popular and well-known apps and websites for selling a variety of garments, including shoes. If you want to sell your used shoes fast, Poshmark can help. In fact, the site claims people can list and sell their shoes in as little as 30 seconds. While this may be an exception, not the rule, you can still make quick shoe sales using this platform.
One thing to keep in mind is that brand-name shoes and sneakers do best on Poshmark. For example, Prada heels, Nike sneakers, or Ugg slippers. Posting non-name brands will likely be a waste of time. The process of selling shoes on Poshmark is fast and easy. Start by snapping a few quality pictures from different angles, write a brief description, and set your price.
Once someone buys your shoes, Poshmark will provide a prepaid, pre-addressed shipping label for you to use. Now, just pack up your shoes neatly and securely and drop them in your local USPS mailbox. All sellers pay a small fee for every sale, which is around $2.95 for sales under $15 and 20% on all sales over this amount. You don’t get paid until the buyer receives the package. Once they do, barring any issues, Poshmark will credit your account within three days.
thredUp is known for helping people sell not just shoes but also clothing and accessories. To get started, you need to request a free “Clean Out Bag” through the website. Once it arrives (this can take several days), simply place the shoes you want to sell inside and send them back to thredUp via USPS or FedEx.
Professionals at thredUp will examine your shoes before listing them for sale. One downside to this platform is that, on average, thredUp accepts less than 40% of all items. To increase the likelihood that your shoes get chosen, make sure they’re clean and in great condition, a well-known brand, and less than 5 years old. thredUp doesn’t accept or sell overly worn or damaged shoes.
High-demand items are especially popular on thredUp. If you have a rare or retired shoe or sneaker, thredUp will pay you immediately after your shoes are inspected and approved. If your shoes fall into the “luxury” category or thredUp thinks they’ll take longer to sell, you’ll get paid on consignment once a final sale is made.
You can also send non-luxury shoe brands to thredUp. These are considered “value or mall brands” and include items from popular stores like the GAP, Forever 21, and Target. These shoes are listed on the site for 60 days, whereas premium brands like Prada or Calvin Klein are listed for 90 days.
Similar to some of the other sites listed here, Tradesy is only interested in authentic designer or luxury fashion brands. One good thing about this platform is that it can sell your luxury shoes in 60 seconds or less (according to the website).
Similar to Poshmark, once your shoes sell, Tradesy will provide a prepaid, prepackaged shipping kit for you to use. The box even comes complete with the shoe’s brand! Tradesy handles everything else for you, including returns. If the customer is dissatisfied with the item, you still get to keep your money. But that doesn’t mean you should sell overly worn, damaged, or fake shoes on the site. Doing so could get your account terminated.
For their efforts, Tradesy keeps $7.50 for every item sold for less than $50 or a flat fee of 19.8% for all items over $50. These earnings will be automatically added to your Tradesy account where you can use them to purchase items on the site. If you want the cash, you can pay a 2.9% transfer fee and have your money deposited into a PayPal account, checking account, or added to a debit card. One downside is that Tradesy may hold your money for up to 21 days following each sale.
Mercari is an expansive marketplace for all things used from clothes and electronics to toys, household items, and you guessed it, shoes! While Mercari doesn’t charge a listing fee, the site collects a flat 10% commission on all sales.
To get started, download the Mercari app, snap pictures of your shoes, write a detailed description including the size and condition, and set your price. Buyers searching on Mercari can add your items to their “favorites” list or share them with friends on social media.
Once someone makes an offer and buys your shoes, you have two options for shipping. You can either ship the items on your own or request a prepaid shipping label. If you choose to mail the shoes yourself, use a service that provides a tracking number. Also, keep in mind that Mercari’s labels are 30% cheaper than most forms of retail shipping.
Similar to Poshmark, once the buyer receives your shoes they have 3 days to submit a review and officially “accept” the items so you can get paid. If they fail to do so, Mercari will write a generic review and rating and send your money. You can choose a cash-out option via direct deposit or a credit on the app. Keep in mind that there’s a $2 fee for any direct deposit requests made for funds below $10. Adding funds to your credit card also comes with a flat $2 fee.
These two sites are unique in selling shoes because they specialize in men’s and women’s shoes, respectively. Grailed is a platform for men’s shoes and clothing, whereas its sister company (pun intended), Heroine, only deals with female fashion.
Grailed splits products into four distinct categories: Grailed, Hype, Sartorial, and Core. Find which category applies to the types of men’s shoes you’re selling. When you first sign-up, Grailed will request permission to connect with your PayPal account. Next, you can start uploading photos and descriptions of your shoes. Not only will your items be listed on the appropriate pages and categories but also on the main seller’s page.
Grailed will notify you when someone makes an offer or has a question. When a sale is made, you’ll receive your payment via PayPal minus a 6% commission, plus PayPal fees. Sellers on Grailed are responsible for shipping the items in a timely fashion. To expedite the process, PayPal lets you print a label directly from the website.
Heroine works in the same way, except it’s intended for women’s shoes and clothing items.
If most of your shoe collection is made up of sneakers, Kixify might be the best place to sell your shoes. This free website specializes in sneakers for both everyday wearers and collectors. Kixify is similar to Shopify and requires all sellers to create a storefront. While there are no set-up fees, you do pay an 8% commission on every item you sell.
Kixify works directly with PayPal so every time a sale is made, you get an automatic deposit into your account. Because you technically own your Kixify storefront, you can create policies for shipping, returns, exchanges, and any other guidelines or protections you deem necessary. While some people love this level of control, others may find it overwhelming. If you prefer to leave the shoe-selling to the experts, you may want to check out a different platform.
GOAT and StockX are two more shoe-selling platforms geared toward sneakerheads. Both of these platforms require sellers to fill out an application and be verified before they can start selling. That’s because GOAT and StockX pride themselves on selling authenticated items, which, in the sneaker world, is a pretty big deal.
While GOAT’s pay structure works on commission, StockX gives sellers the option to place a pair of sneakers on auction. Here, buyers can bid on the shoes and you can decide if you’re willing to accept the highest bid. If not, you can take the shoes down and choose to sell them a different way.
Who doesn’t love a good pair of sexy heels? Regardless of how amazing they make your legs look, most women only wear a pair of high heels a handful of times before storing them away on the top shelf of their closet. If you’ve collected heels from countless events, weddings, and parties, with no plans to wear them again, buyMyheels is the site for you!
This is also a great place to sell designer heels. The worldwide platform doesn’t collect a commission but does charge sellers a £5 listing fee, which equates to about $6.50 USD. Although buyMyheels does accept some non-brand items, they have strict guidelines for the types of shoes they’ll accept. One downside to this site is that it’s slightly outdated. But if you have the time and patience to navigate it, you’ll have access to plenty of buyers that find your used heels irresistible.
It should come as no surprise that social media platforms are a reasonable outlet for selling your used shoes. This is especially true if your shoes don’t fit into any of the above-mentioned categories or are gently worn. Some people selling their shoes online are also doing it for different reasons, like to fulfill a foot fetish or other naughty fantasy.
For example, stripper shoes, shoes worn during sex, or even smelly sneakers are a big hit in many kink and fetish communities. Some of the best platforms for these types of shoe sales include Instagram, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and eBay. Each platform works a little differently so you’ll need to find the one that best accommodates your needs and shoe inventory.
Selling items on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and eBay are fairly easy. Just follow the website's instructions on uploading items for sale and start selling your shoes! Instagram, on the other hand, is more about promoting your shoes, posting pictures and videos, and then dealing with buyers directly via private chat. While this approach means you get to keep every penny of your shoe sales, it also puts you at greater risk of being scammed, so be wary of over-eager buyers or anyone asking too many details about your personal or financial background.
Speaking of social media, Social Sell is an app that works similarly to Facebook marketplace and allows you to sell your shoes locally. This means no hassle of shipping your items, paying for a label, tracking them, or having to pay for return shipping if the customer is displeased. Instead, you download the app, up for $1.99, take pictures of your sexy or luxury shoes, upload them, and watch the offers roll in. Unfortunately, Social Sell is currently only available on iOS, not Android.
If you’re an Android user, check out Tradyo. The app works similarly to Social Sell and both have user-friendly chat features to help facilitate negotiations.
OfferUp works similarly to Tradyo and Social Sell except it’s a nationwide app that also allows you to ship your shoes. The good news is, OfferUp provides the shipping label for sellers and charges the buyers for the cost. You will, however, be asked to pay a commission for using OfferUp’s label – either 12.9% of the final sale or a minimum flat fee of $1.99.
OfferUp connects directly to your Facebook account, making it easy to message back and forth and coordinate the final exchange. You also have the added bonus of checking out the buyer’s ratings based on previous sales and deciding if you want to do business with them. According to OfferUp, it takes as few as 30 seconds to upload your shoes to the app and start selling.
If you like garage sales, you’ll love VarageSale for selling your used shoes and other items. VarageSale is currently only available in the US and some parts of Canada. VarageSale vets all of its buyers and sellers so safety is never an issue. Like OfferUp, you’ll need to connect your Facebook account and wait for the approval. All of these security measures ensure that only authentic items are bought and sold on the site. One unique feature of VarageSale is that there are absolutely no listing fees or commissions. Similar to a traditional garage sale, all negotiating, haggling, and sales are strictly between the buyer and seller.
Last but certainly not least on our list of places to sell your shoes is 5Miles. What makes this platform a bit different is that users can rate one another based on their experience. Like the previous two platforms, 5Miles requires users to link their Facebook accounts to their buyer or seller profiles before getting started. This is another safety measure to weed out hackers and scammers.
5Mile works similarly to Craigslist but is set up to look and feel more like Pinterest. This user-friendly interface is one reason people love 5Miles for selling their shoes. It’s also the reason you need to invest time and care in taking and posting high-quality photos of your items. 5Miles is definitely a visually-driven site. One caveat of this platform is that it’s relatively new to the shoe-selling game and may not be available in your area.
You can find just about anything for sale on the Internet from items that once belonged to celebrities to interactive experiences and sexy used items like panties and sex toys. So, why not unearth those high heels, sandals, or boots you haven’t worn in years and turn a profit? There are countless websites and apps dedicated to selling shoes that are in good condition or collectibles.
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