Have somebody bought and wear "worn" Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lakewolf, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. oscarthewild

    oscarthewild Senior member

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    Much as I would like to find unworn nettletons, JM aristocrafts (the handmade ones like bennies) etc, it doenst happen too often.

    The way I look at it is similar to what happens at the ice skaing arena/ski rental place. One rents shoes/boots/skates.

    I purchased a pair of FAM santonis from a fellow forum member and the wear on them was less than some display shoes I have seen.
     


  2. lakewolf

    lakewolf Senior member

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    Much as I would like to find unworn nettletons, JM aristocrafts (the handmade ones like bennies) etc, it doenst happen too often.

    The way I look at it is similar to what happens at the ice skaing arena/ski rental place. One rents shoes/boots/skates.

    I purchased a pair of FAM santonis from a fellow forum member and the wear on them was less than some display shoes I have seen.



    Well, I have my own skis and boots... and also I have a women's pair of skis suitable for any 1.60-1.70 lady and boots for women in sizes 36,37,38 and 39, that I got 75% off at the end of the season... so when I take a girl with me skiing we don't have to rent.
     


  3. cheapmutha

    cheapmutha Senior member

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    i buy and wear used shoes all the time. ive found beautifully worn AEs and a piar of lloyd and haig boots for less than 7$ each. at that price i could use them as chew toys for a dog, but i get alot of wear from them.......

    at the same time, they are only used as street wear. i dont own a suit, or have a need to wear one, so new shoes dont matter too much. i perfer the worn look with jeans(the only pants i own)
     


  4. summej2

    summej2 Senior member

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    There are $400+ leather free shoes???? [​IMG]

    Also, how does she feel about your cow-murdering habit?


    They are leather (or at least lining and sole are). The point of buying used is that used leather goods are okay, or at least better, from a vegetarian ethical perspective... especially since there is no really good alternative.

    Most vegan shoes, for example, use vinyl (the components of which appear to cause cancer in many of the factory workers making it), are made in sweatshops, and have a shorter life than leather shoes (i.e., end up in the landfill quicker).

    As for me and my cow killing ways, I think that my buying fairly traded, long-lasting shoes that avoid chemical dyes, is enough of a selling point; we just disagree on the ethics of killing animals.
     


  5. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    It seems like a poor investment if you're not saving at least 200%...but if you can get EG's or AE's for 75 dollars or some such, I'd jump at it...
    Besides, when shopping on ebay, I always remember the military code:

    Military intelligence wasn't.
    Precision bombing isn't.
    Suppressive fire won't.

    And add to that:

    Gently used weren't.

    Excellent advice and certainly fits my experiences.
     


  6. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I've never been comfortable with worn shoes so I've never bought any.
     


  7. Jovan

    Jovan Banned for Good

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    My friend got used shoes at the local thrift shop for $3. Cap toe oxfords, black. Leather soles. They were comfortable enough that he wore them all the time. Then the heel came off one of them. [​IMG]
     


  8. rssmsvc

    rssmsvc Senior member

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    I am too afraid of any bacteria or virus issues . I would purchase a jacket or some clothing that I could run through the Whirlpool Steamer and kill any critters but I am worried that a 75 steal turns into a several hundred dollar medical bill or worse something that transfers to my other shoes.
     


  9. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    Just check the level of wear based on the soles, barring a resole.

    I bought a pair of EGs for a relatively low price, but they were not worn given their age. They're one of my favorite pairs especially considering how supple the leather has become. It just took a good polish to bring them back to life.
     


  10. mrchapel

    mrchapel Senior member

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    I've purchased a couple of pairs of AE's before on eBay. Both were had for under $80 and were in decent condition. I've found eBay to be a treasure trove for those whose budgets cannot permit $305 AE's, etc. It takes a little bit of effort and some patience, but it can pay off.
     


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    my ae holts are "pre-worn" but after seeing the sole which was almost completely new and the shoes had no creases in them what so ever, i think i got a deal at $47 shipped. [​IMG]
     


  12. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    You can get good deals on preowned AEs and Aldens, though designer brands such as Gucci, Prada, etc. and top-names like E. Green and Lobbs tend to be overpriced secondhand.
     


  13. lutfa

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    I just purchased a used pair of shoes from the original discription length and width they sound like the perfect pair take in consideration this was my first pair of used shoes being purchased on ebay.I recieved the shoes the vamp was so high not a pad or four pairs of socks on .The shoe still fell off my foot without effert. I was not warned about this prior. Only a troll or someone or something with hooves could wear them. They even cost me 200 dollars plus shipping.Sent the shoes back still nothing .I feel like I got burnt wait a minute I did get burnt . Lesson learned for me know who your dealing with and you better know every single inch other than the width and length.I only expect to get stung once.It will never happen again. All other trials on ebay were fine before this . But they were also new shoes.
     


  14. RicoItaliano

    RicoItaliano Well-Known Member

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    I would not be able to get myself to purchase and wear a shoe that someone else has worn, to me it would be close to wearing used underwear. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  15. migglesworth

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    I read an article on thrift shopping in GQ, in which the author talked drawing the line at buying used footwear after his friend called them "Dead Man's Shoes". That said, I've bought a pair of old Wallabies (someone definitely died in them), some nice wingtips, and a pair of Tod's driving shoes. Someone probably wore them sockless, like I do now, but I didn't go through any special precautions. Hope I haven't thrown anyone off...
     


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