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to think my partner buying second hand shoes from eBay is yuk

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robinlovesfatman Sat 09-May-15 08:08:49

For me its like second hand underwear.
For him its like a second hand car.
I wear a lot of vintage but for some reason baulk at shoes.
Am I an awful snob?

flora717 Sat 09-May-15 08:17:53

Not sure if it's snobby, is it a dirt thing?. You seem to view shoes as a more intimate garment than many. How do you feel about bowling / ice skating / climbing centres and their shoes hire.
Or is it that shoes must be new or "on trend"? That's just fashion/ advertising victim.
Snobby would be that these shoes are not good enough and you judge people who purchase them for their inferior ways. Do you?

WizardOfToss Sat 09-May-15 08:23:44

Ooh interesting. In the past, shoes have often been thought of as being uniquely 'yours', containing your essence as it were, and been used for magical purposes (there's a little bit of weekend woo for you right there).

There's also the practical fit aspect. Shoes mould themselves to your foot, so are unlikely to fit another person for that reason. They could even be bad for your feet. I avoid second hand shoes for that reason.

StarlingMurmuration Sat 09-May-15 08:32:47

I'm not keen on second hand shoes... You can't wash or dry clean them like you can vintage clothes. Also, shoes mould to fit your foot, so if you get second hand shoes, they've moulded to fit someone else's feet, so may not be very comfortable.

Have I spelled mould right? It looks wrong.

FourEyesGood Sat 09-May-15 08:34:37

I would happily buy second-hand shoes. I regularly buy them for my children (in charity shops and on ebay) but have never encountered any in my ridiculous size. I think you're being a bit snobby, but I'm probably in the minority.

Flossyfloof Sat 09-May-15 08:35:07

Mould is right!
Some people buy exclusively second hand as they prefer the shoes to be broken in.
Some people enjoy well used shoes for other reasons.

MisForMumNotMaid Sat 09-May-15 08:36:13

I preffer softened shoes. I'd actually pay a premium to have had someone else soften the stiff leather for me.

Most second hand shoes I've purchased are not really warn in. They're more in the warn once or twice and too tight/ too big, wrong style category.

WizardOfToss Sat 09-May-15 08:36:13

I thought the same about 'mould', Starling! It can't be 'mold', though, can it? confused

Charlotte3333 Sat 09-May-15 08:36:55

I sell my shoes on EBay sometimes. They're generally only worn once, though. I have an obsession with buying new shoes for nights out and events, wear them once then never bother with them again, so I stick a load on EBay once a year and pretend to DH that I've got my shopping issue under control (I've not, I'd spend everything I earn on shoes if I could).

GoodbyeToAllOfThat Sat 09-May-15 08:37:46

I would and indeed have bought second-hand shoes on Ebay.

Lots of people buy super-expensive shoes and find they're too painful to wear. Ebay is the obvious solution.

WizardOfToss Sat 09-May-15 08:38:12

Cross post with Flossy.

And eeeewwwwww at 'other reasons'

GoodbyeToAllOfThat Sat 09-May-15 08:38:35

I buy second-hand shoes for my kids on Ebay quite frequently, too.

silverglitterpisser Sat 09-May-15 14:30:08

I'm not one bit snobby but don't buy anything second hand n especially could not with shoes, just makes me feel a bit icky. Peoples' feet smell n can carry fungal infections etc.

Yes shoes can be scrubbed n disinfected etc but I would not fancy the task of doing so!

LadyTmalia Sat 09-May-15 14:32:47

Pretty sure its mold :D
I dont think I could cope with second hands shoes unless they are like new/barely worn, even then they would have to be exceptionally pretty and cheap :D

ILiveOnABuildsite Sat 09-May-15 14:52:46

For me I depends, I wouldn't buy second hand for my children because I would worry it wouldn't be good for their growing feet (because of the moulding issue - definitely mould). I wouldn't buy trainers either unless hardly worn. I would buy evening or occasion shoes though as I wouldn't wear them a lot or often and they would probably wouldn't have been worn much before selling, as pp have mentioned doing.

I think it's a personal choice really.

CMOTDibbler Sat 09-May-15 14:54:53

I buy shoes on ebay - theres loads that people have worn once for either something like a wedding, or worn and found they don't fit properly.

Girlwhowearsglasses Sat 09-May-15 14:58:09

You can get amazing bargains on eBay on occasion shoes that have hardly been worn. I have some Chie Mihara shoes which usually cost around £300 new. They are gorgeous and cost £30. I don't think they've been worn more than once.

BTW Chie Mihara shoes rock- she is a Portuguese podiatrist and even the high heels are comfortable. All made beautifully and to last, great colours and slightly kooky style.

LindyHemming Sat 09-May-15 15:19:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ebony69 Sat 09-May-15 15:28:20

My DH bought a pair of Gucci shoes from EBay . Made of soft leather, they had been distinctly shaped by the previous owner. For some reason, I find the thought of wearing second hand men shoes more dustatesful than women's. Yes, sexist, I know.

StellaAlpina Sat 09-May-15 15:31:23

I've bought shoes second hand before, especially when I was a student. Some types (e.g. canvas trainers) can go through the washing machine and the heels I bought looked barely worn plus I always wear tights or socks.

My reasons were part skintness and part environmentalism (i.e., if I'm going to wear a pair of heels maybe twice a year why buy a brand new pair?)

These days I think i'd only buy second hand high heels (because they are only worn for a few hours occassionally) and buy new and nice quality shoes for work and walking about.

MyIronLung Sat 09-May-15 17:45:59

I buy second hand docs. Partly because they're cheaper than new (still around the £40/50 mark though) and partly because they've already been worn in.
New docs are a killer!

leedy Sat 09-May-15 17:47:12

I've bought and sold worn-once shoes on Ebay (last was a pair of trainers that turned out to be a half size too small, thanks to my not noticing until after I'd worn them for a day that Nike's "UK size 6" is different in women's and men's styles, grrrr), wouldn't bother me.

In other news, damn you for introducing me to Chie Mihara, her website is very tempting.

Bunbaker Sat 09-May-15 17:50:05

I don't think it is yuck. I just won't buy footwear online. I am a size 6, but most size 6 shoes either don't fit properly or are uncomfortable. I have to try on zillions of pairs of shoes before buying.

Do people who buy online put up with uncomfortable shoes or spend half their time queuing in the post office? Or do I have weird feet?

MyIronLung Sat 09-May-15 17:57:46

bun I'm also a 6 and have problems with shoes fitting properly. Doc Martens are the exception to the rule ime.

SeenSheen Sat 09-May-15 17:58:55

Definitely mold. I think it depends on how worn they are. Worn a couple of times would appear virtually new and save pounds.

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