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Selling old shoes to perverts on Ebay?

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malfoy Tue 12-May-09 21:26:31
Pingpong Tue 12-May-09 21:43:25

stumbled upon this phenomenon last night and I'm still gob smacked really! Seems like easy money but a bit creepy at the same time. I would set up a separate account though as people searching for the things I sell would probably raise an eyebrow or two if they were scrolling through my items and found old scabby shoes 'well worn'. seems like you have to make the listing sound a bit sexy too.
Better than getting a tenner off at Brantano though !

malfoy Tue 12-May-09 21:47:45

I know. Part of me is going eeeew but then I think £141 for a pair of £20 shoes.

Agree re separate account.

Most scabby old shoes on sale don't sell though.

southeastastra Tue 12-May-09 21:50:34

i suppose it saves on the ethical disposing of old trainers problem

southeastastra Tue 12-May-09 21:51:34

save for free listing day grin

malfoy Tue 12-May-09 21:51:47

So is it all in the wording? Can't just go Malfoy's old shoes?

I came across something like this last year. On the listing I saw, the shoes were actually on feet, and oh the positions of the feet and legs in the pictures!

I found it because my spare tens pads, which I'd listed for 99p in case some pregnant woman would like them, were the subject of a bidding war and went for £8... to a buyer called stinkykinky.

So out of curiosity I checked his profile and feeback and was led to the well worn shoes thing through one of his transactions.

Best bit was though that stinkykinky's mailing address was a very sensible mans name c/o a branch of Barclays!

Oh yes ebay has opened my eyes I tell you grin

southeastastra Tue 12-May-09 21:55:08

first thing that hit me was the size, size 8s aren't that easy to get

er, thats TENS pads as in tens machine for pain releif and not a typo for TENA pads gringrin

cos you just don't know how your mn minds work now that we are on the subject of wierd and wonderful!

malfoy Tue 12-May-09 21:55:46

My DH used to work for Barclays.

Have any of you wondered if its a way of getting an intro between people into the same kind of thing?

Like shoe fetishists bid on these items and then meet up under cover of 'cash on collection' shock

Pingpong Tue 12-May-09 21:58:53

I've just looked at completed listings and it seem like a lot don't sell as TrillianAstra pointed out.
Let us know if you go for it malfoy I'm so intrigued by it all!
Private listing seems to be important and 'cleaning to ebay standard' whatever that means!?!?!
Also wondered if larger sizes were more popular?

Tinker Tue 12-May-09 22:00:41

Could just cut and paste wording of a successful one?

blueshoes Tue 12-May-09 22:04:31

If most well worn shoes don't get sold, why would the shoes Malfoy linked to get 17 and 33 bids? Very strange why buyers would go into a bidding frenzy for some shoes but completely cold shoulder others.

SEA size 8s are harder to get, you're right. I know cos I wear them.

<<<SGK goes off to charity shop tomorrow to look for old wore shoes in size 8>>>

I am a size 3 so guess men wouldn't want my old shoes lol

SpringySponge Tue 12-May-09 22:11:09

so do men want old manky sioze 8's?? i have loads!

Is it poss because blokes could cram their feet into a size 8 but not size 5s? (don't kill me size 8 girls!)
I once saw an eBay auction where a girl was selling photos of her feet for £10 each. But that's as nothing to the "adult nappies" I discovered when searching for reusable nappies (baby ones!)

AbricotsSecs Tue 12-May-09 22:14:13

I wondered the exact same thing, OP grin

I told a friend and she said (and I quote):


luscious feet hmm

what's the deal with the: private?

SpringySponge Tue 12-May-09 22:17:39

I think it's private so people can't see who's bidding - you can see how much people bidded, but no ID.

FlappytheBat Tue 12-May-09 22:17:47

I am a size 8, on my feet for 12.5 hours at work, wonder how much money I would get for my work shoes grin

smackapacka Tue 12-May-09 22:17:58

Eugh - I know. I came across hypnosis CDs to make you wet the bed when looking for re-usable nappies. WHY? It's freaked me out ever since.

Still interested in stinky shoe selling though. I think the line about cleaning to ebay standards are just to comply with rules. No way is anyone cleaning them before they're 'scent' out

SpringySponge Tue 12-May-09 22:18:34

Bidded? blush Bid. <<blames the newborn baby for my mushy brain>>

SpringySponge Tue 12-May-09 22:19:13

It depends, Flappy - do you wear them with or without stockings? wink

malfoy Tue 12-May-09 22:19:18

Ok. If I do go ahead I will keep you posted. I am a size 6 so perhaps not so attractive.

I think the Mildmanneredjanitor should go for it.

Ewwww with the sweaty feet thing, but OMG, it si actually working, am I being really naive in asking...WHAT use would a perv have with smelly shoes!?
But nevermind, I am really pissed now that I threw out some really manky sequinned ballet style shoes I had!

FlappytheBat Tue 12-May-09 22:22:23


do wear a nice line of thin cotton sports socks though, oh I am so tempted to bring them home on Thursday and set up another ebay account!!

one pair of white nurses shoes, well worn and left at work normally as they smell really bad

<<disclaimer flappy's feet do not normally smell>>

SpringySponge Tue 12-May-09 22:27:01

They probably would do quite well - especially with the nurse connection! Go for it!

& as for what they do with them, I think they like to smell them...

SpringySponge Tue 12-May-09 22:29:31

I was just 'ewww' at that link until I read 'footjob' that kind of threw me!

FlappytheBat Tue 12-May-09 22:37:10


ok, saturday night, will set up another account and put my shoes on,

think will need a glass bottle of wine to do this though, never know where this might lead towink

SpringySponge Tue 12-May-09 22:43:31

Excellent grin Make sure you keep us updated!

FlappytheBat Tue 12-May-09 22:53:11

will do!!

have set up account, minxymedic - had to add a number as there seems to be quite a few.

maybe that's what nurses do to earn a bit of money, sell old and very smelly shoesgrin

Washersaurus Tue 12-May-09 22:55:56

Am concerned that all the ones linked to are located in Worcestershire - a stinky feet hotspot maybe? Could it be the same woman making easy money? I wonder if she pops a photo in with the shoes too?

I'm off to raid my shoe box in search of rancid pumps (I do live in Worcestershire after all) grin

FlappytheBat Tue 12-May-09 23:01:57

can see me chickening out of doing this, my shoes are really comfy and have plenty of life left in them, mind you that's what the ads say too

blueshoes Wed 13-May-09 09:28:16

I wear size 4 - damn!

pinkmagic1 Wed 13-May-09 12:51:23

I'm a size 8 and have a bag of manky old shoes by the door ready to go to the charity shop, having 2nd thoughts now!!

stillenacht Wed 13-May-09 12:54:47

ooo i'm a size 9/10....sounds interesting grin


bratnav Wed 13-May-09 13:02:06

Same here, size 8 and I am sure I have some manky shoes I could try listing hmm

HellHathNoFury Wed 13-May-09 18:52:14

I have read this with morbid fascination

And keep us updated!

I have no manky old shoes but I am sure as hell going to try now!

wotulookinat Wed 13-May-09 19:01:31

I am due a new pair of trainers soon, and you can bet my old ones will now be going onto Ebay!!!
In fact, I might put DH's on there too.

HellHathNoFury Wed 13-May-09 20:08:30

Oh yes I am so going to paint my toenails and say just how whiffy they are.

And all this time I have been wasting my efforts on electronic gear.

hmmSleep Wed 13-May-09 20:25:14

I'm a size 4 but am considering nipping and seeing if I can grab a pair of size 8s from a charity shop for 50p, or perhaps I should suggest the charity shop try it for themselves, bet they get some right stinky old shoes that they normally just chuck in the bin cos they think no-one will buy them.

Would have to think of an excuse as to why I was buying them then though!

HellHathNoFury Wed 13-May-09 20:31:17

it's not just size 8's!

All different sizes are selling!

Did you notice that the second seller was also selling her smelly well worn socks!

Huge market there!

HellHathNoFury Wed 13-May-09 20:43:24

My mum says there is a woman she knows who wears a pair of knickers once, sells them for £50 and for and extra £100 she will take a picture of the minge that wore them!

wotulookinat Wed 13-May-09 22:38:50

Yeah yeah, a woman she knows eh?

HellHathNoFury Thu 14-May-09 07:25:39

lol yeah that's pretty much what I said wink

savoycabbage Thu 14-May-09 07:44:09

There was a thread on here a while back about 'well worn' tights on e-bay.

EachPeachPearMum Thu 14-May-09 10:43:56

theres another thread currently about this... here

FlappytheBat Fri 15-May-09 18:49:50

work shoes are still at work, got a bit worried about the "extras" that might be expected to go with the shoes wink

shhhh Fri 15-May-09 21:40:12

rotflmao at this thread!!!

I recall a similar thread on mn last yr or maybe yr before where we were all challenged to see if we could sell the mankiest pair of our shoes on ebay.

We advertised them and then added the ebay link on mn. Now that thread was funny..! Quite a few mner's sold shoes iir..

It tickles dh,when I moan about money or lack of it he always suggests "get selling shoes" wink. Don't think I could though...

Saltire Sun 17-May-09 13:14:04

I remember a thread about this last year as well grin. <wonders what the neighbours will think if I go and retrieve my old work shoes from teh bin>

Whats with the "will be well cleaned" comments on all these listings? I take it they aren't actually cleaned as the smell is the whole point of them selling, is it a requirement of listing shoes?

shhhh Sun 17-May-09 16:16:21

saltire...<apparently> the reason for that disclaimer is to allow the seller to keep"within ebays selling policies". Although we all know what the shoes are being sold on for its against ebays rules BUT I guess the seller and ebay get around it this way..hmm.

Laughable really ! I treid to sell my genuine Louis vuitton bag on ebay a few months back and they were so hot about its authenticity and not allowing me to relist it for 30 days etc...YET they seem fine with shoes being sold for silly money to perverts hmm.

PurlyQueen Sun 17-May-09 16:21:13

Not only am I gobsmacked at this listing, but I'm also compiling a mental list of manky shoes I have at home.

Zero balance on my credit card, here I come! wink

shhhh Sun 17-May-09 16:38:43


Thandeka Mon 18-May-09 13:11:08

I am soooo bookmarking this thread and so going to do it! I have size 8's. Balls i just dropped a load of them off at Oxfam in North London (in fact dear pervs- head yourself there for my well worn sweaty shoes!)

Thandeka Mon 18-May-09 13:13:17

Oooh hang on just thought I guess you would need separate account- but I would also need new paypal account and would want to put a false address and have no return address on there in case the pervy guy came hunting for the owner of the delectable shoes.....

OldLadyKnowsNothing Mon 18-May-09 16:39:50

To do what? Look at your feet? grin

LetThemEatCake Tue 26-May-09 22:38:33


check out my profile - I have a pair of gladiator/ dominatrix heels which I have been contemplating selling ... and I have huge feet (size 8, but more like a 9 really)

Do you reckon a perv would buy them??? for loads of money??

Without the shadow of a doubt!!

LetThemEatCake Tue 26-May-09 22:48:34

Maybe I should wear 'em a bit more. Get them good and manky.

PixiNanny Sun 26-Jul-09 23:26:23

"so they became a little whiffy" hmm

Hell, I work in a charity shop and get icky shoes that we just throw, may just start asking to buy them from out back ;)

tiredsville Mon 27-Jul-09 23:01:00

Can buyer demand a refund if shoes are not smelly enough? (Item not as described)

lukeyG Wed 19-Dec-12 22:38:06

Hi everyone,

Im sorry, i had to sign up and post a response to this thread as im loving the responses. Yes i am one of the guys who buys worn shoes of ebay. I know its a bit strange but I woul like to think i am a normal person (i work as a full time surveyor, i have a wife and a nice home). All i wanted to say is that its not down to the size of the shoe, its more the history and style (pumps, boots, heels etc.). Most men are after the worn/used smell with marks and feet imprints as a bonus. If listed correctly people do pay alot smile


VivaLeBeaver Wed 19-Dec-12 22:40:01

Luke, what does your wife think?

I'm going to dig out some pumps that have foot imprint marks on them!

dotnet Thu 20-Dec-12 16:48:08

The smelly old shoes thing is a new one on me. Nowt so queer as folks. But I know someone - an ex teacher in Scotland - who was issued with a 'tawse' (sort of like a cat o'nine tails - leather, for flogging kids) in one of his schools when he was a new teacher.

He put it up for sale on ebay, and apparently they're really coveted! He got, I think, well over £60 for it - he was amazed.

lukeyG Fri 21-Dec-12 09:36:04

If I am honest, I dont really tell my wife. She knows about my foot fetish but she keeps away for that sort of thing. Lots of blokes who buy shoes tend to keep it quiet.

If anyone would like to sell some im always happy to buy lol

Iam sorry if a have offended anyone.

tazmo Sun 23-Dec-12 18:50:01

Ha ha hilarious - decided to try putting on an old pair of slippers and I can't tell whether people are going 'no really' or whether it is the fetish crowd. 14 views in about 2 hours. I sometimes have hardly any views on some of the usual items I put on. Maybe a lesson has been learnt on how to sell effectively on eBay"""

2sugarsandadog Sun 30-Dec-12 08:30:00

LOL, tazmo, at people going 'no, really?'!

Lukey, if you are for real well done for coming on here and explaining it to us! Where do you manage to hide them if your wife knows nothing about it?

And more importantly Luke, what do you do with them?

lukeyG Sun 30-Dec-12 13:33:15

lol I am genuine, and I am happy that I have helped. The main thing is photographs and a bit of info on the shoes/boots, foot guys love it. One thing to be careful of is guys asking to see extra pictures , which is fine, but make sure to ask for a pay pal payment up front as some of them try to get a free ride lol. Whenever i ask, i always offer to send a small payment for taking the time to do it smile

Hi 2sugarsandadog, I keep them in the roof as my wife doesnt like going up there very often (i dont have a massive collection and im only really into boots).

Hi MacaroniAndWalnut, i get really shy over this sort of stuff, personally im into the smell and it helps me .. you know. Im sorry i hope i have not offended anyone. To be honest everyone is different and other men will have other uses.

I hope this helps x

tazmo Sun 30-Dec-12 18:51:16

So gutted - 132 views and slippers not sold! Had 2 watchers and one guy wanting extra tights and panties. What am I doing wrong? Didn't reply I'm afraid - too shy.

Ha ha lukey - make sure u don't do it at work. Know someone who got caught at work going through sports bags and sniffing trainers and sweaty pants!

Think ill stick to selling baby stuff!

2sugarsandadog Sun 30-Dec-12 22:18:08

No! - what - how - did he express a want for extra tights and knickers? I am strangely absorbed by the whole notion!

tazmo Sun 30-Dec-12 23:22:32

Hi sent a message asking if lucky enough to win this, would I give him a pair of tights and panties that I'd worn. Then didn't answer so bang, the only watcher I had gone!!!!!

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prettybird Tue 01-Jan-13 12:57:07

There is a MNer who sold her son's left shoe (after he lost the right shoe) on eBay shock

WeAreEternal Wed 02-Jan-13 19:32:47

What kind of boots do you like LukeyG?

gymboywalton Wed 02-Jan-13 19:40:32

pmsl at this!!!

i have recently binned a pair of absolutely TRASHED mary janes-they had the imprints, they had the smell, they had the worn away soles -they were perfect for this! and i threw them away!!!! sob!!

OwlCatMouse Wed 02-Jan-13 19:42:13

Ancient thread!

DeafLeopard Wed 02-Jan-13 19:54:51

Can't believe I read through the whole thread and only at the end realised it was a zombie thread!

I am a size 8 though with v sweaty feet <<ponders money making venture>>

WeAreEternal Wed 02-Jan-13 20:07:29

I know that this is an absolute zombie thread, but LukeyG has totally made it worth poking the walking thread.

ravenAK Wed 02-Jan-13 20:23:42

I've been tempted - I'm a goth with size 9 feet, I reckon some of my knackered old Demonia boots would be worth a few quid...grin

wheredoistartmrs Wed 02-Jan-13 20:35:36

Put in the word scally

DeafLeopard Wed 02-Jan-13 21:48:00

Not sure if I dare wheredoi.... it's like someone coming on and saying "google dragon butter"

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tazmo Sat 05-Jan-13 11:21:36

Another dodge message even though not selling anything.... Defo think need a separate account!

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Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 20-Feb-13 12:00:52

oh no no - type in worn tights or used tights - you eill be astounded honestly. soft porn pictures with a dslisclaimer "picture is for representative purposes and contains no sexual content" except the woman is virtually naked and doubled over. I suspect its an advertising thing for prostitutes - have no proof. I posted on this a while back, found it extremely disturbing as kids tights also come up.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 20-Feb-13 12:01:50

Oops I mean I posted on MN not on Ebay!

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nuttyrachael Sat 13-Jul-13 23:38:56

Have never sold old shoes but a few years ago when I was still at uni I sold some used socks! It was kind of unintentional but I made a bit of money out of it. I made a separate account and listed them at 99p so no listing charge and made sure postage covered the cost of a new pair of cheap socks. Lost interest after a bit though and stopped after a few months. Didn't get any problems with ebay or any of the bidders, some where really nice actually. But you do have to have an open mind to do that kind of thing.

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Shortstraw Thu 31-Oct-13 22:15:03

Hi, thanks to lukey g for having the guts to write that post, there are other guys who like the 'well worn' look , and I also have a small collection of my own. It's not as pervy as it's sounds, I just like wearing them, nothing more, don't ask why, I have no ideas, lol. And to all you considering selling, go for it, why not make a few quid?
Thanks for reading my post.

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dedistribution Tue 31-Dec-13 19:44:59

I just saw this thread, albeit late and live across the pond from most of you. My friends and I have been selling our very well worn shoes for about 8 years on Ebay. We work part time at the local Junior League thrift store which requires we donate our used clothing and household goods AND solicit more. I happened upon some worn shoes while shopping on Ebay and checked the completed listings. Sure enough some brought good money. I experimented with some of mine, did super detailed write ups (marketing), took high resolution pictures both on and off and gave it a go. Every pair sold. It is kind of a turn on to know my old shoes are exciting someone else. I next told my four friends and they did the same off my account, which is separate from my main account. Well worn soles, stained insoles with very visible toe prints, darkened heel cups along sexy shoes sell best. Aromatic slippers do well also but the wording has to be tame or your auction gets pulled. Full figure shots are getting moved to the adult section so just the feet and shoes AND the pictures should have something to the selling of the item. Also proves you are female. Lots of guys are buying shoes from the thrift shops and listing them. I will entertain all polite questions but probably once a week at best. Cheers.

pickle9517 Thu 19-Jun-14 08:53:54

I've only just come across this thread, and this 'strange-smelly-old-shoe-selling-craze' and I think it's great!I never even knew about this whole underground shoe fetish! It doesn't do anything for me personally but each to their own I guess and if you can make a few pennies here and there, why not! Would love to know if anyone has had any sucess selling their old shoes though! xx

pickle9517 Thu 19-Jun-14 08:59:08

I've only just come across this thread, and this 'strange-smelly-old-shoe-selling-craze' and I think it's great!I never even knew about this whole underground shoe fetish! It doesn't do anything for me personally but each to their own I guess and if you can make a few pennies here and there, why not! Would love to know if anyone has had any sucess selling their old shoes though! xx

2014meh Wed 02-Jul-14 15:15:09

Well, I'm mightily fed up that I've managed to sell a good quantity of my clothes (no longer fit de to successful dieting, Yay !) and outgrown kids stuff but can I shift lightly used men's clothes "outgrown" by dh, can I feck !

If men (some, obviously, not all) will pay for my old shoes I'll take their money any day of the week. to compensate for the mountain of DH's stuff that I can't shift via ebay.

Why are men so disinclined to buy and wear second hand clothes ?

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