I have actually purchased a number of pairs of shoes over the past two years. My comments: 1.) Make sure you see what the sole looks like. Only buy those with very light wear. Also, lots of the shoes that show up on ebay are store returns and sometimes have little holes drilled in the sole to prevent you from returning them to the store. I do not buy these because this simply offends my sense of perfection. 2.) The same for the inside of the shoe. Store returns sometimes have markings on the inside or have the label removed. 3.) On occassion, you will come across a pair of shoes described as worn "once at a wedding - My husband simply never wears dress shoes." Or. "I bought these for my boyfriend and he left them when he moved out." These are the deals you are trolling for and you should be willing to pay whatever is neccessary. Â 4.) Know your size by brand, stick to newish lightly worn shoes and you will be fine. 5.) Prada, Bruno Magli, Gucci, Church's, and some Ferragamo are pricy. Bally and Cole Haan, (including Bragano) seem to be very reasonably priced. Allen Edmonds seem to be just a little pricy as well. 6.) My best find? A pair of Wilkes Bashford mocha wingtips, worn perhaps twice for about $25.00, and a pair of Ralph Lauren bench made cognac colored wingtips for $27. (Also worn maybe twice.) 7.) I also got a great deal on a pair of Nieman Marcus black wingtips as well,($26-27). I am adding this since I notice the suggestions by others of focusing on the store brands. I readily concur.