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Purchasing a used pair of shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by solzhenitsyn, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. solzhenitsyn

    solzhenitsyn Well-Known Member

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    Is it worth picking up dress shoes that are 1 or 2 years old that have some noticeable wear on the soles, but appear to be in good condition overall? It seems like you can get some very good deals.

    Should I be concerned about the shoes already having 'molded' to the previous owners feet? Is it best to just stick to new/like new shoes?
     
  2. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    Some will buy used shoes; some will not. Fewer will buy used shoes than will buy used suits, for example, so used shoes usually sell for relatively little.

    Shoes do mold to feet. Lightly worn shoes have less molding, well worn shoes have more. The older and more heavily worn the shoes, the less easily they will conform to your own feet.

    So, in the end, speaking generally, is buying used shoes worth it? I say yes. Others will disagree.
     
  3. Bergdorf Goodwill

    Bergdorf Goodwill Senior member

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    I don't know.

    Are you kind of poor?

    I am.

    Used shoes are good for me.
     
  4. StevenRocks

    StevenRocks Senior member

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    Some people are squeemish about other people's old shoes, some aren't. I'm on the femce about it. I've bought some before from a thrift store, but I don't really wear them as much as ones I broke in myself. Maybe I'm not into them as much, maybe my subconcious is skittish about it. Who knows?

    Go with your gut on this one.
     
  5. Duke_of_Windsor

    Duke_of_Windsor Active Member

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    Hi,


    I'm poor too and I bought a lot of Lobb, Crockett,Aubercy or Weston shoes used.

    I'd just changed the sole and made a beautiful shining.

    It worth it.

    In Paris a lot of People in St Germain des PrÃ[​IMG]s asked me where they can buy so beautiful shoes.

    Don't hesitate?...Buy used shoes if you are poor like me.


    The Duke of Windsor
    Living in Place du Champs d'Entrainement in Neuilly France.
     
  6. guitone

    guitone Well-Known Member

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    I've sold Allen Edmonds and Aldens on ebay, I never will buy used shoes though, just a think I have about putting my feet in someone elses..athletes foot, sweat, etc....But that said, I have not had trouble selling used shoes, of course they never command what they are worth, so a good bargain for the buyer.
     
  7. Patrick06790

    Patrick06790 Senior member

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    Depends entirely on the Funk Factor.

    After spying a pair of used shoes you think may be suitable, take your weekly disposable income and subtract the approximate cost of a new pair of similar shoes. If the number is zero or less, buy the used shoes unless they make you gag.

    I picked up a pair of white/blue smooth leather saddle shoes (with the red sole) bearing the legend "Made expressly for L.L. Bean, Freeport, Maine" that looked to have been worn twice. Five bucks at the local Sally. No funk; no brainer.

    But I passed on a well-made (to my eye) but anonymous captoe that seemed to fit well but had been owned by someone with radioactive feet. They smelled as if someone had filled them with Fritos corn chips and then left them in the rain (perhaps in MacArthur Park).
     
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    dah328 Senior member

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    I think it really only works if they're high-quality shoes and lightly worn. If they're heavily worn, they will have molded to the original owner's feet and be quite uncomfortable for anyone else. I have a great pair of Wildsmith bespoke suede brogues bought very used that are beautiful but uncomfortable to wear for any length of time. On the other hand, I got a great deal on a pair of Luccheses that had been only lightly worn.

    dan
     
  9. marc237

    marc237 Senior member

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    I have picked up gravatis, A & E, Crockett & Jones all used and all at a fraction of retail. Would do it again. Requires a bit of common sense and, if squeamish, use of Lysol upon receipt, but otherwise, one of the hidden bargains of clothing.
     
  10. marc37

    marc37 Senior member

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    DEFINATELY...

    Never wear used shoes... Besides from the moulding of the feet thingy; who wants wants another persons shoes full of sweat and all that. Used shoes are disgusting.

    P.S: people sweat [on average] a cup of sweat a day in shoes. YUK.
     
  11. YMark

    YMark Well-Known Member

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    Unless it meant going barefoot, I'm not wearing used shoes. I'd rather wear some new $10 Walmart shoes than someone elses used shoes.
     
  12. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    M. le Duc (Votre Grace):

    If you live in Neuilly you can't be that poor...
     
  13. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    Can you please comment on how the Aubercy and the Weston age?
     
  14. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    IMO, Westons crease more than, say, Crockett & Jones or Alden.
     
  15. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Shoes can't be dry-cleaned.
     
  16. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    For me, the "I just paid $150 for a pair of $3,000 Lobbs that fit perfectly" factor always crushes the "squeemish" factor.

    EBay is an amazing source for cheap shoes, both new and used.  I've found many shoes there that seem to have been worn just a handful of times.  In one case involving an admittedly old pair of EGs, I had had my local shoe repair shop (Sky Valet in DC) completely replace the old leather insole, with a very satisfactory result -- something that is always an option as well.  Finally, in 99% of the cases of shoes on EBay, it seems they have never been resoled.  So, how bad/old can they be?.  I expect shoes to last through 4 or 5 re-solings before they are past-prime and need to be retired.
     
  17. solzhenitsyn

    solzhenitsyn Well-Known Member

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    Wow, some pretty mixed opinions.

    orbitingio, I laughed. I'm a student so I have a pretty poor shoe budget.

    Buying used sounds like it can be pretty hit or miss. It would only be worth it if I actually wore the shoes, so I guess I'll go with my 'gut feeling'.
     
  18. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    (solzhenitsyn @ April 27 2005,21:43) Should I be concerned about the shoes already having 'molded' to the previous owners feet? Is it best to just stick to new/like new shoes?
    DEFINATELY... Never wear used shoes... Besides from the moulding of the feet thingy; who wants wants another persons shoes full of sweat and all that. Used shoes are disgusting. P.S: people sweat [on average] a cup of sweat a day in shoes. YUK.
    Shooman, I find that allegation that "people sweat (on average) a cup of sweat a day in shoes" very hard to swallow. I don't know whether you mean a cup in each shoe or both shoes...but do you really believe that wearing a pair of shoes all day, even in the hottest weather, would be as harmful and destructive as pouring half a cup of brine into a shoe and letting the lining and insole get sodden? I should think any pair of shoes, regardless of quality, would be ruined after a very few such treatments. Please elaborate and comment, O gr8man.
     
  19. Bergdorf Goodwill

    Bergdorf Goodwill Senior member

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    Buying nice used shoes with the rich man's daily cup o' sweat in them allows me to squeeze the remnants of that wealthy perspiration out of the shoe and drink it up, so that one day even I may become prosperous.
     
  20. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    Peut-être que c'est un duc concierge d'immeuble .
     

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