Edited by trapline - 12/30/11 at 11:01pm
Awesome thanks everyone I appreciate the feedback. I will probably search the forums for what to look for in used shoes. I guess I was naively hoping to throw some polish on them and have some treasures.
what is a reasonable amount to pay for a new AE shoe 50% off retail?
I figured it was better to have a few ok pairs to rotate than buy one pair of NIB AE's and wear them everyday to work untill I can afford another pair.. because if I don't rotate them they will end up creased like beaters anyway right?
I was just going to suggest that. There are a few very nice models for $199.
If you are buying pre-owned shoes from eBay, make sure they are in perfect condition. Good shoes like AE, when maintained properly, should remain in great condition for a long time. So, take your time and look for a really good deal, rather than just jump on the first thing.
For example, this is my one and only shoe purchase on eBay (I think I may be developing a shoe fetish, this forum partly to blame) but the shoes are in near new condition, only a minor creasing, which is natural: http://www.ebay.com/itm/370569873899?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
As you can see, if you wait patiently, you will come across some amazing deals.