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post #1 of 6
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Hey Menswear Advice,

 

I was hoping a few of you could give me your opinion on buying fine shoes from used places, such as thrift shops, consignment stores, etc. Perhaps a few pointers, like what to look out for and when to pass on a pair, how to tell if they're repairable, etc.  I also want to share with you three pairs I have found in the past two days. 

 

My story: I have recently left the military and will be going to school in New York City for the next couple of years, and as a result my budget is on the extreme low end of the wardrobe building spectrum. Most of my shoes were acquired before I joined the military, and are somewhat boyish. I have some casual shoes from Oliberte (love their mission) and a pair of boots by Guess (Made in China), alongside various pairs of basketball and running shoes, cheap loafers, etc. Recently though, I have been searching for better quality shoes that I can actually afford. 

 

So do you think the following shoes are worth buying for a college student who will be doing tons of walking on the streets of NYC? I didn't pay much for them at all, and obviously the condition varies greatly between them. I wouldn't necessarily wear any of these to a job interview, just to and from class, that sort of thing. 

 

Anyway, thanks for any help on the matter! 

 

Here a few photos, but there are more photos here. Link to album

 

Ermenegildo Zegna Couture: I picked these up for $15. The leather seems in good shape. Are these considered Oxfords? Haha I have crap knowledge about shoes. I know Zegna is usually pretty expensive. (My grandmother worked for a well-to-do gallery owner and when he passed I was given all of his shirts - Zegna, Turnbull & Asser, Bobby Jones - I wish young me would have been interested in shoes!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salvatore Ferragamo: These are in pretty bad shape, but are they wearable? Perhaps some care to the leather and a resole? The scratches on the heels are not deep. Picked up for $5.

 

 

 


Mezlan: Contrary to the previous two, which were made in Italy, these were made in Spain. I don't know much about the brand other than these are definitely handmade. They were cheap so I picked them up. $8. What is this stye called? What would you wear these with?

 

post #2 of 6
Used shoes are yucky (personal opinion) and not good for your feet (fact). I'd avoid them unless you're broke and in dying need of dress shoes.
post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by maxenvellzen View Post
 

 

Ermenegildo Zegna Couture: I picked these up for $15. The leather seems in good shape. Are these considered Oxfords? Haha I have crap knowledge about shoes. I know Zegna is usually pretty expensive. (My grandmother worked for a well-to-do gallery owner and when he passed I was given all of his shirts - Zegna, Turnbull & Asser, Bobby Jones - I wish young me would have been interested in shoes!)

 

I would pass on the second two pairs.  

 

The first pair are not oxfords, which have "closed lacing", like in the second shoe.  They are derbies, with "open lacing".  I don't know that shoe in particular, but if the higher end Zegna shoes are, or were, apparently handwelted, and really, quite well constructed.  I do no know if that it true for your particular pair.  

 

I'm not a fan of used shoes either, but understanding that you are on a budgetm and that these are in good condition, they might serve you well.

post #4 of 6
The first pair is good value and should be reasonably well constructed. If they fit and you don't mind used shoes, go for it.
post #5 of 6
Being a military veteran myself as well as going back to school I can understand what you arw facing. Brooks Brothers has a program set up for vets returning to the workforce http://www.dignityuwear.org/. Check out the website as you may not have to go the thrift store route to get a few pairs of good shoes.
post #6 of 6

I like the Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. Although like you said they are a bit beat. Perhaps you could get some shoe polish? They may help! 

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