Like one of those magical closets you see in the movies
October 22, 2008 9:22 PM   Subscribe

Modista [via mefi projects]

Finally, an online retailer that replicates the experience of what it's like to shop in a store on a website.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero (42 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
 
Wow, this actually works how I thought it would - which is really useful for my shoe needs.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 9:29 PM on October 22, 2008


Oh noes this is too awesome.... damn you TPS!

Fortunately (only for my bank account) most of the suggested stores don't ship internationally.
posted by gomichild at 9:48 PM on October 22, 2008


So fabulous and so dangerous.
posted by annaramma at 9:49 PM on October 22, 2008


I wouldn't say it replicates the experience of shopping in a real store (not that I'd really want a site that did that), but it is pretty cool.

In fact, I just bought a pair of sandals I found off the site (no, I'm not that impulsive, but I've been looking for a non-ridiculously overpriced Birkenstock-like sandal for awhile now, and I think $27 does very nicely).
posted by ErWenn at 9:53 PM on October 22, 2008


Holy crap, this is awesome.
posted by desjardins at 10:05 PM on October 22, 2008


Amazing.
AMAZING.
Thank you!
posted by Solon and Thanks at 10:10 PM on October 22, 2008


I bought a sweet pair of shoe from here that my GF actually LIKED a couple of weeks ago...

She has now hooked several other people on this awesome shopping site.

Well Done!
posted by schyler523 at 10:14 PM on October 22, 2008


Holy fuck, this is awesome. And I hate shopping, online or off.
posted by not_on_display at 10:14 PM on October 22, 2008


I hate shopping for shoes. This is soothing though.
posted by Tehanu at 10:14 PM on October 22, 2008


Kinda reminded me of this, but with shoes. Pretty cool!
posted by i less than three nsima at 10:26 PM on October 22, 2008


For the longest time I thought this was a virtual tour of the closets of Imelda Marcos.
posted by twoleftfeet at 10:38 PM on October 22, 2008


oh my god, oh my god. Now if only Obama is elected, all my dreams really will have come true!
posted by scody at 10:46 PM on October 22, 2008


I was showing this to a friend last night and wondering why I never posted it on the blue. We mentioned it in the last podcast.

I love that I can go from all men's shoes to badass orange pumas in about three clicks. It's like it knows what I'm thinking.

As I said on the podcast, I wish this was the front-end to zappos.com.
posted by mathowie at 11:02 PM on October 22, 2008


Brilliant, easy and practical.
posted by nickyskye at 11:08 PM on October 22, 2008


Well. My the winter boots I was looking for should get here in a few days. Can I give higher praise than that?
posted by MasonDixon at 11:12 PM on October 22, 2008


ajshankar you should have something appear on your homepage besides a montone expanse of grey when people don't have scripting turned on. As it is FireFox+NoScript makes it look like your site isn't functioning.
posted by Mitheral at 11:13 PM on October 22, 2008


It took me four clicks to get to exactly the pair of boots I have been thinking about for a year and have never really been able to find.

The price rose by 50 - 100 dollars with each click.

Sigh...
posted by frobozz at 11:48 PM on October 22, 2008


frobozz writes "The price rose by 50 - 100 dollars with each click"

Wheee! $1900 boots.

Very cool interface. One can insulate oneself from this kind of craziness with the drop downs at the top (you can select size and price ranges).
posted by Mitheral at 12:12 AM on October 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is great! Too bad about U.S.-only shipping. :(
posted by sveskemus at 3:42 AM on October 23, 2008


It's mesmerlzing.
posted by Constant Reader at 4:49 AM on October 23, 2008


"You can never have enough hats, gloves, and shoes."
--Patsy, Absolutely Fabulous

And abfab is what this site is. Awesome.
posted by WolfDaddy at 5:18 AM on October 23, 2008


In other shoe-related news, the Vivo Barefoots that everyone was oohing and awwing over a while back have now been restocked for online order.
posted by aheckler at 5:21 AM on October 23, 2008


If it also had a 'will ship to country X' filter on it, I'd probably never leave.

Someone upthread mentioned they'd like it if it was the interface for Zappos -- a filter for source website would also be helpful for things like that.
posted by jacquilynne at 5:23 AM on October 23, 2008


Needs a way to search for polarized lenses.
I foresee spending money in this manner.
posted by Richard Daly at 5:29 AM on October 23, 2008


I'm not sure that I understand the excitement here. They're shoes.
posted by octothorpe at 6:46 AM on October 23, 2008


But octothorpe, there are so many!

[this is awesome]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:19 AM on October 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


boo for US-only, of course
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:19 AM on October 23, 2008


WANT
...

...
DAMN CAPS LOCK IS STILL ON

HOLD PLEAse....

ok, phew. Awesome site. Let's get some shoes.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:39 AM on October 23, 2008


I have been showing this off in library talks lately as an example of how searching doesn't have to be terribly awful. There are a few similar sites, notably like.com where you can search for "stuff like this" and I did a demo that searched for adult clothes, in orange, a little more like this, a little more like that... and we'd wind up at a Giant Carrot Halloween costume. Big fun.
posted by jessamyn at 7:41 AM on October 23, 2008


I'm sending this link to Sarah Palin for her next $150,000 shopping expedition.
posted by beagle at 8:01 AM on October 23, 2008


And as a serious comment, seconding Jessamyn, it really is an nice interface for turning search into browsing. I haven't got a copy of it, maybe someone can look this up, but I think in Nicholas Negroponte's first book, Being Digital, 1995, he envisioned a large-screen interface in which you would navigate through 3-D space to find what you're looking for -- as you approached any object, shown in words or images, various related objects would become visible so you could hone in on your target. This one is still 2D, but is much closer to that idea than anything I've seen before.
posted by beagle at 8:07 AM on October 23, 2008


A nice interface but not really a 'store experience'.

I tossed around the idea a few years ago of combining 360º virtual tours with sprites that you could drag into a shopping cart. But alas, I got lazy and never returned to the idea.
posted by noriyori at 8:40 AM on October 23, 2008


It would be great to browse the web in this manner, but of course sorted by content, not by design similarities. For instance, the NYT would be next to the Washington Post, etc.
posted by desjardins at 9:07 AM on October 23, 2008


This is pretty nice, yes.
posted by Mister_A at 9:43 AM on October 23, 2008


I wish I hadn't clicked on this. This is too awesome. Goodbye paycheck. :(

Congratulations Ajshankar!
posted by Lizc at 9:51 AM on October 23, 2008


If only this would work with men's clothing, especially suits and shirts.
posted by parmanparman at 10:56 AM on October 23, 2008


Wow, that's clever. You'd think by now more people would use image processing to help shoppers...
posted by spiderskull at 11:24 AM on October 23, 2008


Just adding to the chorus of this is awesome.

I am not usually a shoe-shopping fan because the intersection of "looks good," "fits me," and "can afford it" is tiny tiny tiny. But here, dark brown knee-high high-heeled women's boots size 10 under $50 AND THERE ARE STILL SO MANY OPTIONS OH MY GOD. And it's intuitive! Someday when I have money again...
posted by hippugeek at 11:44 AM on October 23, 2008


I showed this to fifty Kansas librarians today. They liked it.
posted by jessamyn at 1:34 PM on October 23, 2008


Favorite shoe tracking in mefi profile? Hello referral $$.
posted by acro at 3:49 PM on October 23, 2008


A nice interface but not really a 'store experience'.

I tossed around the idea a few years ago of combining 360º virtual tours with sprites that you could drag into a shopping cart. But alas, I got lazy and never returned to the idea.


No it's not a store experience -- but so what? It's better than a store experience. No more hunting around for that one shoe that you want followed by a long wait for the salesperson to find your size, only to find that they don't have it. It seems like a lot of people think that what people want is a 360 degree experience that is exactly like a store or as close as possible on a computer but that just seems gimmicky and slow. This actually makes it easier to find stuff!
posted by peacheater at 7:37 PM on October 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Hi all,
Thanks for the kind comments! We're still working hard on improving the site, so we really appreciate any feedback you have. In fact, due to popular demand, we're adding the ability to filter by store -- so you can, if you want, only view items from Zappos (or any combination of retailers). That should be up and running by tomorrow night.

I also want to thank everyone for spreading the word; we're really small (it's just me and a friend) and we have no funding, so word of mouth is pretty much the only way to get the news out about Modista. So thanks again!

P.S. Richard Daly: To view sunglasses with polarized lenses, just type "polarized" into the quick find box on the top right of the site. You can also type in pretty much anything else there (description, brand, model, color, etc.) and it should work.
posted by ajshankar at 10:51 PM on October 23, 2008


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