You got sniped.
Someone decided they wanted these maybe for "UP TO" $50" but got them for $34.
as a sniper, you never expose intention to bid until the last second, so no one can respond to your interest and strengthen their bid.
It is the frugal way to bay.
If that bidder had bid earlier on eBay, the $50 bid would be yours to nibble at, either raising the amount that sniper would pay, or, losing the sale altogether to you.
Instead, a stealth bid steals those for a song.
I use auctionsniper.com for 100% of eBay auction purchases. (not including those that accept offers) There are many similar sites and I have not compared in years, been happy w auctionsniper.
This has come up before, and not everyone agrees (particularly those who have not sniped) but, if you try it for a few purchases, you will see that sniping (on average) reduces your costs on eBay auctions.
I literally bid at the last possible seconds, it told me I was the leading bidder as time expired and POOF, it was gone.
I won't make the mistake of not putting in a higher max bid next time. I'll be regretting those shoes for a while.