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?