What's the joke? Â The leather uppers looks to be in fine shape. Â The soles indicate some wear, but don't look to have ever been re-soled. Â At first I thought that might be a hole in the soles, but upon examination, it's just a designation of the Crockett & Jones name in gold type. Â If someone gets them for, say $55, seems like a good buy to me. Personally, I have absolutely no problem buying used clothes or shoes. Â If I find a perfect Oxxford blazer at a thrift shop for $45 or a gorgeous Brioni blazer for $160 on EBay, in my size, I'm not going to blink and in fact will get a jolt of glee for having found it. Â Same goes for shoes -- I've bought multiple pairs of EG and Lobb shoes on EBay -- some new and some used -- and I frankly couldn't care less about who their prior owner was, as long as the shoes were well taken care of and the amount of wear is clearly/accurately indicated and represented by the EBay seller. Â Concerns over who the prior owner was evaporate when the final EBay bid (mine) is, e.g., $78 for a pair of perfect, but slightly used, Lobb "Campus" loafers. Â My wife, on the other hand, refused to buy shoes on EBay that aren't new. Â To each his/her own, I guess.