Originally Posted by tj100
(1) I'll try to remember to take a photo at home tonight; I definitely have a few black-soled non-prestige (all loafers IIRC).
(2) For BNIB examples, they probably do get a small premium, but it's pretty small. From what I've seen, the big determinents of price are size, model/color (a black City II will be a pretty expensive shoe) and whether or not the trees are with the shoes. Considering that most prestiges come with trees (and others don't) I've always believed that it made up most of whatever price gap there is.
BS has two distinct kinds of sellers: the ones who are trying to make money, and the ones who are not. One population is happy to churn inventory at cost (keeping things they like, selling things that don't work for them), and the other wants to make $$$ - hence the gap in offering prices.
(1) Now I remember - I used to have a Lobb with black soles. But its a boat shoe with thick and hard black rubber soles.
(2) I beg to differ. I sold unused Lobbs, with shop wear compared to used Lobbs. Noticed a big discernible increase in bidding activity and easily 50 to 100 more than used Lobbs.
Any black 'labelled' shoe will fetch a good price.
Shoe trees are interesting. For some reason, people like wooden shoe trees with Lobb, EG, Corthay or Berluti metal plaques on them and would pay more for them than normal trees. So yes, if one were to include trees, one can get more for them since buyers can convince or rationalise to themselves to pay 50 plus more for them.
On this note, the prices of Lobb are off the charts now! Its a good time to sell your Lobbs if you got some nice ones and I managed to ride the crest of successful Lobb selling.
About a year ago, I managed to sell a Lobb for a paltry 200 and another, with less than 5 wears and almost no crease, for less than 300.
Now, I can get 400 to 500 for them easy and without trees.
There are plenty of interest from South Korea and Japan. Don't know why, but Lobb could be increasing their presence there and them folks think paying less than 1 grand for good and used Lobb is still cheaper than buying them new from the boutiques.