Travel Dilemma Solved

Dallas entrepreneur saves our precious soles one shoe bag at a time

Dallas entrepreneur saves our precious soles one shoe bag at a time

Solebag
Solebags protect your shoes from scuffing when you travel. Photo courtesy of Solebag
Solebag
Solebags come in seven colors and two sizes to accommodate men's and women's shoes. Photo courtesy of Solebag
Solebag, shoes, travel, May Wong
Unlike most shoe bags, Solebags have a separator to prevent scuffing.  Photo courtesy of Solebag
Solebag
Solebag
Solebag, shoes, travel, May Wong

Dallasite May Wong is saving our soles with a greater mission of giving back to the community. Her idea for Solebag started with her own personal dilemma when traveling with precious cargo: shoes.

“I had to use plastic bags, which wasn’t ideal,” she says. “My heels would pierce the bags, the shoes would scuff and I’d have to go on separate grocery excursions to acquire new bags.”

Her first prototype, which she sewed herself a few years ago, was unlike an ordinary shoe bag, because it had a separator to divide the pair. “I didn’t want my shoes to rub against each other,” Wong says.

As those with a fondness for footwear know, not all shoes come with bags to keep them pristine, and even designer heels that do come with shoe bags don’t have a separator to protect each shoe individually. When Wong realized she wasn’t alone in this “traveling shoe trauma,” she decided to launch Solebag.

Whether your kicks cost $40 or $400, Solebags help keep them in tip-top shape. The bags, with a built-in separator and drawstring closure, are carefully constructed with a silky, washable material and a light padding for protection in suitcases.

Solebags come in seven different colors with a black exterior. They are available in two different sizes: small for flats, wedges and sneakers; and medium for high pumps, thick wedges and high-top sneakers. Wong is also working on a bag for tall boots.

In addition to her efforts to keep production as local as possible, Wong is dedicated to helping low-income schools by donating a portion of the company’s net proceeds via Donorschoose.org. Solebags are currently available online for $27.99.