How I Made Over £400 Selling Smelly Shoes – An Interview

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If you’re looking for ways to make a little extra money, here’s one you may not have heard of. Selling smelly shoes. Yep that’s right. You can make money selling old, well worn shoes. Sounds crazy, but it’s true!

You might be wondering:

Who on earth is gonna buy old smelly shoes?

I thought exactly the same, but it turns out there is actually a market out there that is interested in buying your worn, trashed shoes. Your smelly shoes!

People with an interest in smelly shoes, or those with a foot fetish may be interested in buying trashed shoes or well worn shoes. This might not be something either party would want to buy or sell in person, but it’s simple enough these days to buy and sell used shoes online.

Very well worn shoes, ladies pink ballet pumps

If the whole idea of foot fetishes freaks you out, then this may not be for you – check out these other money making ideas. But if you’re unfazed by that and you want an easy way to make some money – why not give it a try!

This somewhat unique side hustle is actually something that lots of people have been able to make good money with, and luckily, I’ve managed to bag an interview with a successful smelly shoe seller! Read on for her answers to for all things smelly shoe.

Hopefully this will provide some insights into a weird and wonderful way to make money and give you an idea of how to get started if you think selling well worn shoes on eBay might be a good earner for you!

How to make money selling smelly shoes

Where did you get the idea for selling old shoes?

I first got the idea for selling smelly shoes on eBay from a blog that I read about another woman that had done so. Thought I would give it a try and it turned out to be quite lucrative!

How long have you been selling used shoes?

I did it for couple of months until I ran out of well-worn shoes. Once I get some more shoes that are quite well-worn I’ll probably start selling again!

Where and how do you sell your used shoes?

I sell used shoes strictly through eBay, however when I’ve had extra requests I have given customers an anonymous email address I created just for smelly shoe selling.

What kind of used shoes can you sell?

You can sell all kinds of old shoes! I have found the most popular to be flats / pumps however some people do buy well-worn heels, preferably with the heel almost worn away.

You could consider buying cheap shoes from Ebay or from Primark, just to wear to sell on. You can even get cheap ballet pumps like the below from Amazon, so it doesn’t have to cost you much.

You can also make money selling used socks, either on their own or in addition to selling well worn shoes.

How much can you sell used shoes for and what’s the most you’ve made?

I have found per pair of pumps I would get an average of £20 per pair. Some particularly well-worn shoes sold for around £35. In 2-3 months I made around £400+!

How To Sell Used Shoes

Are there any words you need to use or avoid using in your listing?

To meet with eBay’s guidelines, it is important to word your listing appropriately. The key words to use are ‘Well-worn ladies shoes’. Never make any references to fetish and do not use the word smelly. Your listing will be removed, and you could be faced with a temporary ban from selling!

You also can only take photos of your feet in the shoes below the ankle. In your listing you can also quote ‘shoes will be cleaned in accordance with the manufacturers standards’. You don’t actually have to clean them, just say that you will!

Any other tips to sell used shoes online?

pair of ladies feet in black shoes surrounded by more shoes

Add photos with feet in. You don’t have to do this but customers buying used shoes generally prefer to be able to see the feet in the shoes. (remember, below the ankle only if you’re selling used shoes on eBay!)

When posting out your well worn shoes, an airtight bag (such as ziplock) within your packaging is best to keep them in the condition you’re selling them.

Do you take precautions to stay anonymous?

In order to stay anonymous, I created a whole new eBay account without using my name and a new PayPal account to protect my privacy.

Do you sell any ‘extras’ and how do you go about it?

I have had so many requests for extras! Some of which I would never dream of doing! People have asked to buy used socks which I did agree to for £10 per pair. I sometimes charge £10 for a bundle of 5 photos of feet or feet in shoes. I’ve even been paid £20 just for a bunch of photos of the insides of my shoes!

I’ve also had requests for videos of me wearing the shoes, some of which I was comfortable with as again, they were only from the legs down. In one of them I was asked to squash a cake wearing the shoes. For less than a minute of footage and a red velvet cupcake I made £35 and gained a repeat customer!

Customers pay the money into PayPal and then I send the photos/videos by email.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve been asked by a customer?

The strangest thing I have been asked for by a customer is ‘would you allow me to worship your feet in person’. Now, I have been offered large sums of money to do this but is an absolute NO-NO for me. Although it may seem like easy money… it’s a dangerous game!

How do you feel about your customers?

Personally, I don’t have a bad opinion of my customers at all! People have all kinds of fetishes and this particular one benefits me financially, so I can’t complain! Not that it floats my own boat…

I have found the vast majority of my customers to be incredibly polite and sometimes embarrassed by their requests. Always treat your customers with respect.

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Anything else you think we should know about how to make money selling well worn shoes?

A top tip for anyone wanting to start selling smelly shoes is to make sure you are honest about the condition of the shoes… the customers only want well worn shoes and often shoes that smell. Make sure that’s what you give them to avoid negative feedback.

Also – don’t limit your postage options to national; a lot of my customers are from outside the UK.

Final quick tip: Create an amazon wish list! Several of my customers have asked for my amazon wish list in order to send me gifts! You can completely anonymise it and get some great stuff!

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Quick FAQ:

Can I sell my old shoes?

Yes! Depending on the condition of your shoes you may be able to sell them using buy/sell apps, Gumtree, Ebay or even Facebook.

Where can I sell worn shoes?

If you’re looking to sell well worn shoes you could try selling on Ebay; many people have made money selling trashed shoes and worn shoes there.

Do people really buy smelly shoes?

Yes. There is really a market to sell smelly shoes, trashed shoes and well worn shoes and it can be quite profitable for sellers.

How much money can you make selling used shoes?

On average you could expect to make £20+ per pair of well worn shoes.

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20 thoughts on “How I Made Over £400 Selling Smelly Shoes – An Interview”

  1. I sell a lot on eBay but I’ve never ventured into the ‘well worn’ shoe market… Though I must admit it’s very tempting! Really interesting interview – thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. I’ve never ventured into this but I have to say it’s intruiging! Something I’ve always wondered is how do you make your Paypal anonymous? I understand your interviewee set up a separate one for this purpose but doesn’t it have to be linked to an address? I’m interested to know if you can find out 🙂

    1. Miss manypennies

      I can definitely ask! I think if you use a PayPal business account you can set your business name to whatever and that’s what shows on the buyers end when they send money, so that’s one way of staying anonymous from the buyer.

    1. Emma it’s SO fun! I run 80 km per week, and always have a series of sweaty shoes and socks, my feet are cheesy my husband says! Wild knowing men are excitedly sniffing my nasty foot odour and paying me!

  3. I have been told by multiple sources that it is against eBay regulations to use the term well-worn and that such sales of well-worn shoes can get you banned. Is this not true??!

    1. Hi Catherine, I’m not sure on the exact eBay regulations, but if you wanted to be cautious, you could just say they’re in ‘used’ condition.

    1. Good question! It’s unlikely that you’d get a customer wanting to return a smelly shoe sale, but I think the safest thing to do is to just state no returns on the listings and avoid that situation entirely.

  4. Unfortunately eBay has ruined sale of well worn shoes now it’s harder than ever to buy smelly shoes with listenings constantly being pulled. Plus all the shoes that could have been bought will now just end in landfill.

    1. That’s a shame, I know some people are still having success with eBay but it does seem it’s a little harder now to keep the listings up! Do you know of any other places to sell well worn shoes?

      1. Unfortunately not I like the security of eBay. Too be honest iv sort of given up on buying shoes I would say only 1 in about every 10 pairs actually smell and can’t really return because something doesn’t smell enough. One point I’d like to add for me I was always way more worried about sellers knowing my name and address it never been a problem but none of my friends know about my fetish.

        1. Hi Tim I have a lot of worn shoes and clothes to sell. I would like a buyer’s point of view on how best to advertise the such as wording and images, where to sell them and for how much plz, thank you

          1. From my point of view. When I am searching, to be blunt, I want to see the feet that the shoes have housed. I completely overlook any pictures of just shoes. I am drawn to sales where I see them ‘modelled’ and – if you don’t usually – it’s always nice to see painted nails, some foot jewellery maybe, different photo angles etc..

  5. Occasionally though you might get super lucky and find someone that is willing to pay well over the odds for your smelly shoes, and this is what happened to me. I listed a pair of Trashed Ladies Primark Shoes on a Sunday evening after work. Monday morning I received a message from a gentleman saying he would be away for the end of the auction and would I consider changing them to Buy It Now at $70.

  6. I thought I’d try this out but my listings (2 pairs) got pulled after 3 days. Frustrating ! I got loads of messages from men wanting to meet in person ! Obviously my answer to that would always be no. The messages did get a little annoying tbh.
    It’s a shame EBay aren’t letting people list stuff like this as there is clearly demand !

  7. I made quite a bit of money selling my well worn shoes on eBay… until I had TWO accounts closed down! I managed to find a website that is especially for the sale of used shoes, so I’m now selling on there instead. You should all look on there if you want to continue selling. The website is called allthingsworn.com. If anyone has any questions let me know!

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      I just listed a pair of my heels on eBay and unfortunately it got removed and I have a 3-day ban on selling now. So I will no longer risk selling shoes on eBay. Thank you for mentioning this website, going to sign up but wanted to ask how easy do you find it to sell on there? and any tips??

      Thanks!

  8. I came here looking for advice on all things worn I didn’t know if it’s legit and worth it to pay the money is my credit card secure how often do you get sellers etc 🙂 thanks !!

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