Zappos headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company now allows shoppers to buy one shoe at a time. (AP)

Zappos headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company now allows shoppers to buy one shoe at a time. (AP)

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has led the company for over 20 years.

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has led the company for over 20 years.

A pile of shoes—except these are all in pairs.

A pile of shoes—except these are all in pairs.

A Fit for Everyone

Posted: September 1, 2020

There’s big news in the shoe world. If your shoe sizes don’t match, you can buy matching shoes in two different sizes. Zappos shoe company is working hard to find a fit for everyone. At zappos.com, people can now even order single shoes too!

Tony Hsieh has led the company for over 20 years. He is using his skills and gifts to help people of all needs find good shoes. He makes sure that there’s a shoe for everyone. Many people wear two shoes that are the same size. That makes shoe shopping pretty easy. But others have different needs. Mr. Hsieh wants everyone’s feet to feel comfortable––exactly how God created them. Then those feet can take their person out into the world to do whatever work God has given to be done!

At Zappos, meeting individual needs means selling a wide variety of footwear online. Sometimes people with special needs need special shoes—ones that are easy to put on and pull off. In 2017, Zappos began the “Zappos Adaptive” line of clothing and shoes. They help make life easier for people who have trouble getting dressed. Mr. Hsieh heard about a grandmother’s search for good shoes for her grandson with autism. Her story sparked the idea to sell adaptive footwear for people with sensory (touch) issues.

It’s three years later, and Zappos is kicking off a single shoe ministry. The company’s idea is to serve people with amputations, prosthetics, or disabilities that make them need just one shoe instead of two. Single shoes and mixed size pairs are available from six brands. These shoes come in all sizes and widths, from toddler to adult.

Mr. Hsieh is trying to lead Zappos well. The company website describes him this way, “Ultimately, he has showed how using happiness as a framework can produce profits, passion, and purpose, both in business and in life.”

God carefully forms each person. Psalm 139:13 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”

No two people were created exactly the same. That means that one shoe size doesn’t fit all!