Originally Posted by JLibourel
The $49.95 Allen-Edmonds Park Avenues on that link were described as being in "very good" condition, which would imply to me that they have indeed been worn. The seller is also misrepresenting matters when they state that full retail value is $325. It is actually $305.
If you are a college student, I would question your need for the Park Avenue in black except for job interviews. It is really inappropriate for wear with anything except a conservative business suit, although some men choose to make do with them as tuxedo shoes as well, although most of our mavens here would frown on the practice.
Allen-Edmonds has many more versatile styles that would be more appropriate for most situations a student would find himself in.
Allen-Edmonds outlets sell factory seconds. At present, a shoe that carries a $305 price tag will go for $229 as a second. These prices drop at their semi-annual sales. The Cabazon outlet near me is having a $25-off Columbus-day sale at the moment. The best buys in A-E shoes are in closeout seconds. Nordstrom's Rack is a good source of these. In some areas so is DSW, reportedly, although I have never seen any the couple of times I have visited a DSW. The difference between seconds and firsts is usually minimal to imperceptible in my not inconsiderable experience.
I have bought many excellent pairs of top-tier Allen-Edmonds shoes for $129 and less.
I hope this is somewhat informative, Sarge.
I want a pair of oxfords that I can wear with my dress pants to work. I'm working in an office in between my school hours. I don't want to buy any used shoes. If that is inappropriate, what do you recommend then? I'm leaning towards buying online.