buying used shoes, ok or not?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by iroh, Nov 29, 2011.

buying used shoes ok?

  1. yes

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  2. no

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  1. PTWilliams

    PTWilliams Senior member

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    I can imagine 100 years ago the same argument could be made for whether to have a "new" girl friend or a "used" girl friend. What other guys may have deposited there, what you could catch, that sales people would look down upon you, the fact that you're a total loser for wearing used instead of new. A new one would conform to your particular requirements, a used one will carry the impression of the last owner. Once your done with them, do you dispose of them or give them to some other guy? Of course, used girlfriends don't seem to be any less expensive than the new ones, and I'm not sure where to even get a new one.

    Talk about gross: search on ebay for used men's socks, guaranteed to be well worn by college jocks, and they sell for a fair bit of change, with lots of bidding activity.
     
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  2. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Cyber Eliitist

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    I'd imagine this analogy would extend to calling floor samples or shoes that "have only been tried on in-store" technical virgins? Sure a guy(s) has been in there but only you can enjoy the real thing.
     


  3. contactdo

    contactdo Well-Known Member

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    I was looking to buy some used shoes, so I had a question. If you buy used shoes and send it in for restoration/refurbish, would this also include replacing the insole? The description of a refurbish says they resole the bottom and replace the cork, so I wasn't sure.
     


  4. mcbrown

    mcbrown Senior member

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    Yes there are a million reasons it might not fit. But the proof is in the wearing. If a person tries on another man's bespoke shoe and it fits fine, the world will not tilt off its axis.
     


  5. mcbrown

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    I can only speak for my experience with Alden, but they do replace the insole. I imagine that replacing is actually easier and cheaper than preserving.
     


  6. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    I think it's more that people see how much the price is discounted and think they're getting a great deal, not realizing that a lot of the value of the original retail price is that it's made for the foot of the buyer, which is then no longer true when they're buying used. Just making up numbers, say it's a $1000 shoe if it's RTW but you can get it bespoke for $2000 - guy online sees a $400 price tag and the original $2k price and thinks he's getting a steal...whereas really he's paying $400 for a used shoe that's $1k if new...
     


  7. Aqualung

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    No. So you'd have the same sweat stained blackened disease ridden insoles. And besides, why would you spend over a $100 on some ebay crap that doesn't even fit you when you could buy a new one for $300 and in your exact size and width? Sometimes they even sell for $200 on the AE site (don't buy shoes from anyone but the maker)
     


  8. kasakka

    kasakka Senior member

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    At a thrift store I often check out used shoes but have yet to find anything good. In any case, even the really used ones that have never seen a shoe tree are generally in a good enough condition to wear. The whole fungus thing is just ridiculous. Most people wear socks with their shoes excluding loafers and even then if you're really OCD you can rub or spray the shoes with chemicals.

    I just received a pair of used Church's brogues. They fit great and are in good condition with some nice patina developing on the uppers. I sure as hell didn't notice any discomfort with the insoles either.

    But hey, you stay away from used shoes so I can get good ones for little money.
     


  9. Aqualung

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    There are no used clothes stores within a 100 miles of here. These are located in the poor areas so knock yourself out[​IMG]
    And shoes do not have a patina (pronounced PAT in a) That's just old discoloured leather.
    My yew wood Chippendale dining room table has a patina from age.
     


  10. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Is it possible that you could construct at least one post that doesn't allude to either your wealth or the poverty of others?
     


  11. PTWilliams

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    Ebay listings:

    Item 330648751104. Mens used trashed black NIKE athletic ankle socks. Currently 17 bids, $46.
    Item 220903084937. MENS WEEK LONG WELL WORN BLACK STRIPED OLD THIN SHEER NYLON DRESS SOCKS SZ 10-13. Currently 18 bids, $36.
    Item 220900231639. Scally nephews white worn chav sports sock. Currently 7 bids, GBP 17.00
    Item 230708878067. Adidas Baseball Socks Size Large Used Black. Currently 4 bids, $25.49.
     


  12. Patek

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    I have a motherload of gently used V-neck undershirts and boxer briefs if anyone is interested. If you are concerned about fungi just use some disinfectant--should kill most of it.
     


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  14. mcbrown

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    Now that is a very valid point. Price clearly matters.
     


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    I have several Church and C&J shoes that I bought used from Ebay, and never had any problems with them. That said I'm only buying shoes that have been worn a few times. But then they are like 1/3 of the new value.
    I think it's a great way to obtain HQ shoes
     


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