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. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    It's unfortunate that my Alma mater was purchased by another school which is now ranked even lower than Dogpatch U. At the time of my attendance it was actually quite well respected.
     
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    I went to Recycled Rags in Corona Del Mar, CA this weekend. It's too bad I had to drive over 100 miles to get to such a poor area to go thrifting.
     
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    Master Squirrel Senior member

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    Unless you live in Nunavut or some such remote place then you are either ignorant or a liar.

    Great, then our paths shall never cross and I will never have the experience of being embarrassed for you in person.
     
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    HarleyBob Senior member

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    Like I said, aren't you special, and a little full of yourself.
     
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    ^ Aqualung got banned already, haha...good, he was spamming up a bunch of threads with retarded posts.
     
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    LaymanX Senior member

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    Seriously.. was he Reev? :p

    I've personally never bought used shoes, but only because I haven't seen anything compelling. I have purchased used blazers to great effect however. Fantastic value with low potential for ickiness.
     
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    And I wouldn't buy used toothpaste either.
     
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    Doing this right now. I don't intend to buy used shoes after I graduate law school, but for right now it works. About half my shoes are new, other half used.
     
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    I own about a dozen pairs of good quality shoes at present. Three pairs I have bought used (never paid more than $30).

    - One pair was pretty unique (vintage) and I couldn't find anything like it new.

    - One pair was in like new condition

    - The third pair was purchased as a pair of beater shoes for when I take my kids to the park or whatever.

    If a shoe fits well and is well maintained, buying it used is a good way to save some money, help the environment a little bit, and maybe pick up something unique.

    Worrying about the shoe being "gross" is absurd. Clean them. A well maintained used shoe is no more "gross" than a used car or a used sofa. This is a very immature line of reasoning.
     
  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't own any used shoes and will not buy unless it is from a trusted member of this fora. A long time ago I tried buying ebay shoes a bunch of times. I sent every pair back. I always got shit. Aside from the footbed issue you never know how one took care of the shoes like shoe trees, wearing consecutive days, conditioning and so on. A friend of mine has bought many used shoes he has gotten a few good ones, but a lot of shit as well. If I come across a deal on here I might jump, but ultaimtely if you want something specific just buy it. For me my time and frustration isn't worth being cheap.
     
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    londonchris Well-Known Member

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    Over half of my shoes are used. I buy gently used shoes because I have never had a problem with fit, and refuse to spend £150-£600 on shoes that I can get for less than £100. I have five pairs of Etro shoes which are both hard to find and tremendously overpriced. Therefore purchasing them for £50-£100 gently used works out well for me.
     
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    Klobber Senior member

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    A man comes round your house, he takes off his shoes. Would you now slip your feet into his shoes?

    My guess is 90% of you out there would be repulsed at the mere notion of putting on his shoes there and then.

    So why should it be any different if you buy used shoes? Just because you cannot see the owner does not mean this little thought experiment does not apply.

    A problem does not dissapear when you turn your head and look away :tounge:
     
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    If you can clean his shoes before doing so, yes. I definitely would.

    Or for a reverse thought experiment: You wouldn't put something in your mouth if it had lain in the dirt and in feces, and then been covered in toxic fluids, would you? Because that's how they grow strawberries.

    Cleaning a thing is something people can and will do.
     
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    Great...more shoes for me then
     
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    A man sits in and farts in a seat for hours a day, every day. His ass is all over it, all the time, after beans, barbeque, and ice cream (did I mention he is lactose intolerant?). Would you sit in it?

    Because that's what you're doing if you buy a used car.

    A man lays in a bed. He lays right down in it after using the gym, without showering. Sweat dripping all over that nasty, disgusting bed. Would you then lay down in that same bed, even if the sheets were changed?

    Because that is what you're doing if you sleep in a hotel.
     

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