Vending Machines Updated for Modern Times

Need a pair of quick ballet flats? Get them from a vending machine!

Two British companies: Rollasole andAfterheels have started a new concept of selling cheap ballet flats in vending machines for late night party-goers.

Rollasoles sell for about GBP 5 and come in four colors: Hi Ho Silver, Gold Digger, and Back to Black and Pink.

They sold out immediately in England’s popular nightclubs. But Rollasoles don’t have a corner on the midnight market:

Afterheels are similar rollable ballet flats that also sell for about GBP 5 but have–according to the company–the added feature of being sustainable; the bodies of the shoes are made from natural materials and the polypropylene insoles are fully recyclable.

Each pair is dispensed with a matching bag so women can tote their tortuous footwear home.

Creator Matt Horan reportedly came up with the brillz idea because his girlfriend found herself in pain after a few hours wearing heels in a club.

FB’s Take:

This is a great idea, but I can think of other uses — like if your heel breaks, your shoes get soaked for some reason, and you need FAST slippers.

Then again, I do tend to keep a pair of spare shoes in the car, and when I wear heels, I ALWAYS carry a pair of flat ballet flats (the cheapie kind) in my bag just in case.


How about a Sephora Vending Machine?

Not only in airports but apparently at J.C. Penney as well, as it is too small to hold a full-sized Sephora.

FB’s Take:

My only gripe is that I cannot test the items beforehand, or ask questions from a rep.

That’s the whole point of my going to Sephora — to try things out, test things out and experiment with samples.

The good news, is that if you do need to replace your items with a travel version, forgot to buy a gift for someone, or just want to treat yourself to something.. you can.

It’s why I carry little travel versions of everything I need to use.


About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.