I'm thinking about starting to do some thrifting for dress shoes. When you find older dress shoes which may not have been cleaned for a while, is it pretty simple to "bring them back to life" per say? Will applying some cream and/or polish be enough? Or should I expect that some shoes I find when thrifting are "unsalvageable"?
I am about to give you solid advice. Don't buy used shoes unless it is from a reputable member on here. Way back when when I tried doing this every shoes I got either went in the garbage, or back to the seller. I have a friend who pretty much wears nothing but used shoes and he has spent a small fortune trying to find decent ones and cobbling old POS shoes. You will spend just as much, or more money and tons more of your time trying to do this. Trust me.