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Purchasing a used pair of shoes

post #1 of 34
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Is it worth picking up dress shoes that are 1 or 2 years old that have some noticeable wear on the soles, but appear to be in good condition overall? It seems like you can get some very good deals. Should I be concerned about the shoes already having 'molded' to the previous owners feet? Is it best to just stick to new/like new shoes?
post #2 of 34
Some will buy used shoes; some will not. Fewer will buy used shoes than will buy used suits, for example, so used shoes usually sell for relatively little. Shoes do mold to feet. Lightly worn shoes have less molding, well worn shoes have more. The older and more heavily worn the shoes, the less easily they will conform to your own feet. So, in the end, speaking generally, is buying used shoes worth it? I say yes. Others will disagree.
post #3 of 34
I don't know. Are you kind of poor? I am. Used shoes are good for me.
post #4 of 34
Some people are squeemish about other people's old shoes, some aren't. I'm on the femce about it. I've bought some before from a thrift store, but I don't really wear them as much as ones I broke in myself. Maybe I'm not into them as much, maybe my subconcious is skittish about it. Who knows? Go with your gut on this one.
post #5 of 34
Hi, I'm poor too and I bought a lot of Lobb, Crockett,Aubercy or Weston shoes used. I'd just changed the sole and made a beautiful shining. It worth it. In Paris a lot of People in St Germain des Prés asked me where they can buy so beautiful shoes. Don't hesitate?...Buy used shoes if you are poor like me. The Duke of Windsor Living in Place du Champs d'Entrainement in Neuilly France.
post #6 of 34
I've sold Allen Edmonds and Aldens on ebay, I never will buy used shoes though, just a think I have about putting my feet in someone elses..athletes foot, sweat, etc....But that said, I have not had trouble selling used shoes, of course they never command what they are worth, so a good bargain for the buyer.
post #7 of 34
Depends entirely on the Funk Factor. After spying a pair of used shoes you think may be suitable, take your weekly disposable income and subtract the approximate cost of a new pair of similar shoes. If the number is zero or less, buy the used shoes unless they make you gag. I picked up a pair of white/blue smooth leather saddle shoes (with the red sole) bearing the legend "Made expressly for L.L. Bean, Freeport, Maine" that looked to have been worn twice. Five bucks at the local Sally. No funk; no brainer. But I passed on a well-made (to my eye) but anonymous captoe that seemed to fit well but had been owned by someone with radioactive feet. They smelled as if someone had filled them with Fritos corn chips and then left them in the rain (perhaps in MacArthur Park).
post #8 of 34
I think it really only works if they're high-quality shoes and lightly worn. If they're heavily worn, they will have molded to the original owner's feet and be quite uncomfortable for anyone else. I have a great pair of Wildsmith bespoke suede brogues bought very used that are beautiful but uncomfortable to wear for any length of time. On the other hand, I got a great deal on a pair of Luccheses that had been only lightly worn. dan
post #9 of 34
I have picked up gravatis, A & E, Crockett & Jones all used and all at a fraction of retail. Would do it again. Requires a bit of common sense and, if squeamish, use of Lysol upon receipt, but otherwise, one of the hidden bargains of clothing.
post #10 of 34
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Should I be concerned about the shoes already having 'molded' to the previous owners feet? Is it best to just stick to new/like new shoes?
DEFINATELY... Never wear used shoes... Besides from the moulding of the feet thingy; who wants wants another persons shoes full of sweat and all that. Used shoes are disgusting. P.S: people sweat [on average] a cup of sweat a day in shoes. YUK.
post #11 of 34
Unless it meant going barefoot, I'm not wearing used shoes. I'd rather wear some new $10 Walmart shoes than someone elses used shoes.
post #12 of 34
M. le Duc (Votre Grace): If you live in Neuilly you can't be that poor...
post #13 of 34
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Hi, I'm poor too and I bought a lot of Lobb, Crockett,Aubercy or Weston shoes used. I'd just changed the sole and made a beautiful shining. It worth it. In Paris a lot of People in St Germain des Prés asked me where they can buy so beautiful shoes. Don't hesitate?...Buy used shoes if you are poor like me. The Duke of Windsor Living in Place du Champs d'Entrainement in Neuilly France.
Can you please comment on how the Aubercy and the Weston age?
post #14 of 34
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Can you please comment on how the Aubercy and the Weston age?
IMO, Westons crease more than, say, Crockett & Jones or Alden.
post #15 of 34
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Some will buy used shoes; some will not. Fewer will buy used shoes than will buy used suits, for example, so used shoes usually sell for relatively little.
Shoes can't be dry-cleaned.
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