We all know that there’s a world of preloved and vintage clothes waiting for us with unique and affordable bargains. Yet many are unsure about purchasing second hand boots and shoes. As experienced used footwear providers we know there are a few pitfalls but there are also numerous positives too. Finding reliable providers is probably key. Hello!
Always bear in mind you are looking at used and sometimes quite old items therefore they may not be perfect or pristine! Sellers are people too- they are not usually trying to trick you, just make an honest living.
Soles and Seams of Preloved and Vintage Footwear
Check the soles – if shopping online check there is a clear photo or ask for one. Examine for signs of uneven or especially heavy wear and consider whether they need repair and if so the cost.
Also make sure the sole to upper seam is intact. Harder online but inspect the stitching- is it broken or does it look scuffed or damaged? If you’re instore examine the joint, the main areas likely to be weakened are at the ball of the foot and around the heel.
What about the internal condition of the shoe? A dirty shoe is cleanable, innersoles replaceable but damaged inner heels or worn linings are basic no-nos. Many online sellers do not post photos of the inner shoe or boot- it is quite a tricky shot to take well! But they should confirm in the listing that the footwear is intact internally.
Look For Wear
Examine carefully for worn laces, eyelets and buckle attachments- they may indicate excessive wear which is not immediately apparent or simply indicate added costs of replacement or repair.
Sizing of Preloved and Vintage Footwear
Sizing policies vary. Bear in mind most sellers are quoting the labels of the item. We often find labels that are not consistent, use a comparison table to check, if you are unsure and ask questions.
Many second hand and vintage outlets do not take returns, you have the opportunity to examine the item at length instore- use it! If you are buying online make sure the returns policy is clear, if there is no opportunity to return the goods- don’t buy them!
At Repsycho we check all footwear before we sell it. Instore we always encourage customers to try on and examine the item. When listing online we try to describe the item fully and honestly so you can make a confident decision.
Vintage clothing is brilliant, but for some it’s just too much hard work. Locating, fixing, cleaning, then it doesn’t bloody fit! Well, whatever your nut loaf with true vintage shopping, vintage-inspired clothing could be the answer.
Why Buy Vintage-Inspired Clothing?
Vintage-inspired clothing is exactly that, contemporarily made clothing but using the styles of the past- primarily the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The advantages are numerous.
Usually, vintage inspired items are spanking brand new- if you like that sort of thing!
Vintage-inspired clothing is more readily available than true vintage.
Vintage-inspired clothing has modern sizing- phew!
Obviously, with modern fabric comes modern care instructions!
The really amazing vintage-inspired piece will match a great vintage style with a really cool pattern design. Perhaps something which would not have been popular in its original era but looks unique now- a modern take on a classic style.
This is the great type of vintage-inspired clothing we like to stock at Repsycho. We’ve listed some of the brands that we have on offer below!
Run & Fly
A British brand based in Leicester, England. Known best for their iconic dino pinafore. The collection includes, sweet knitwear, cute dresses and cool shirts as well as many other fab items in a variety of designs and colours!
This brand utilises amazing retro prints of dinosaurs, buzzy bees, animal prints and flamingos to name only a few of their unique design repertoire! Run & Fly are a vibrant company, producing their clothing in England and mashing contemporary and vintage styles in an exciting and quirky modern twist. Run & Fly is full of funky character!
The Pete Chenaski Experience
As its name conjures up the idea of Jimi Hendrix and psychedelia, the clothes of the Pete Chenaski Experience deliver! The brand has a range of shirts that cater for all needs. Whether you want a cowboy shirt, a seventies shocker or a party frill this brand has something to please all.
Many Chenaski items are limited edition – making them quite exclusive and helping to ensure a unique look for their wearers.
Madcap England Clothes
During the 60s and 70s, Mod clothing was neat, sharp and above all hyper-cool. Madcap England specialises in vintage-inspired clothing from the Mod era. Creating a stylish and colourful brand which is unique without being outlandish.
The collection includes quality, knitted polo shirts as its cornerstone, as well as smart jumpers, hip shirts, cool t-shirts and more. Madcap – named after Syd Barrett’s first solo album, ‘Madcap Laughs’ from 1970. Madcap clothing- not just for Mod’s!
Relco Vintage-Inspired Clothing
Relco began as a specialist Mod outfitter during the sixties with sharp, neat designs. Since then has developed to include more cool, retro and vintage-inspired styles including Punk, Ska and Skinhead styles.
Relco has a well-earned reputation for quality and stylish designs and products. At Repsycho we stock jackets, shirts and braces which are so exceptionally well made we will be expanding our range very soon!
Real Hoxton London
As its name suggests, Real HOXTON London is a quality brand based in East London, concentrating on retro styles from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s- with a modern edge.
Repsycho stocks a few lines from the Hoxton range which includes classic Monkey Jackets and some cool hooded raincoats.
Ada Binks Acrylics
Ada Binks is a unique jewellery and accessory brand based in Brighton. They supply retro-inspired statement pieces and limited-edition ranges made in a variety of colourful acrylic.
In-store, we stock a range of Ada Binks beautifully crafted dangly earrings and studs which complement both retro and contemporary clothing.
One of the UK’s largest hat suppliers, provides a finishing touch to an outfit. At Repsycho we stock top hats and fiddler caps for that extra bit of swish to your look.
Revive Vintage-Inspired Eyewear
Repsycho stocks Revive Eyewear in-store, providing cool glasses for men and women in a range of vintage style designs that will give your look the edge this summer!
Grinders Shoes & Boots
The Grinders brand came to major prominence during the late 80s to early 90s. Their boots spearheaded the new ‘work and utility’ street look which eventually ended up on the fashion catwalks!
Grinders street boots of today were originally worn by Skin Heads and then by Punks in the UK, who often only owned one pair of boots. Grinders had to be capable of withstanding anything the elements could throw at them, and yet still be comfortable enough to wear all day, every day!
Today Grinders boots and shoes continue to be made to that high standard, they are unisex, stylish and hard-wearing.
At Repsycho we keep our eye out for great vintage inspired brands and new lines from our regular suppliers. Therefore our range frequently changes and updates. Stay up to date with our new stock instore or online.
Ugg was originally a word used in Australia to describe utilitarian footwear worn for warmth by surfers during the 1960s. Numerous claims have been made as to who actually invented the Ugg boot, that the name came from a description of a pair as ugly, or that they were based on World War I pilots’ boots. When surf culture became a worldwide trend in the late 1990’s the footwear naturally followed, they symbolised a sporting but cool, relaxed lifestyle. UGG Australia (many other brands are available) exploded onto the fashion scene, popularised by celebrities, they rapidly became the casual footwear of choice.
Obviously, the popularity of this unspectacular boot drove the development of the basic design, more colours, buttons, bows and zips, then embroidery, sequins and crystals! Interest grew and the development continues today.
In Australia, UGG’s are used largely as slippers; using this as a starting point Ugg Australia have developed many styles of slippers for both men and women, all of them with the sheepskin innersole.
Stylish, waterproof and unusual, style no. 1001573
Chunky and waterproof men’s Harkley UGG boots
Whatever the critics say, the UGG Australia brand remains popular- doesn’t everyone like comfortable footwear? There are enough different styles and shapes to suit every taste- there are even great men’s styles if you look! They are incredibly durable boots, shoes, slippers and sandals, they feel plush and cosy, they also feel well made. Recollecting their origins and the vibe that made them popular, today it seems that they still have the whiff of the surfer, relaxed, cool and hip!
At Repsycho you can obtain genuine used and vintage UGGs at reasonable prices. We describe the condition of each item fully and honestly to provide you with the UGGs you want without breaking the bank.
Classic UGG boots are plain with no adornment, made of sheepskin with no frills, pull on and flat. Available as a short or tall boot originally only available in a couple of colours.
UGG have developed hugely and there are many collections available, cold weather, waterproof boots and leather ones too, knit boots, trainers, sandals and heels. The list seems to be endless!
The Kensington, leather, buckled boots
UGGs are the fashion world's marmite brand; detractors seem to especially dislike the classics, they have been variously denounced as ugly, dangerous to drive in and have even been banned from an airline! However, the UGG Australia brand is definitely alive and kicking despite many reports of its demise. Diversity has certainly widened the market, as have several major advertising campaigns, marketing more attractive male products and establishing UGG Australia as a ‘premium’ lifestyle brand.
UGGs can be quite expensive for most of us and although it is a well known addage that buying quality saves money in the long term it is also true that the thrifty or those with bills to pay and the new UGG wearer may be a little reluctant to spend so much money- quality used UGGs could be the answer! The insoles of UGGs are often replaceable if required and a very effective cleaner for UGG boots and shoes is available online, however many used UGGs are in such excellent condition that these items are unnecassary! Unfortunetly UGG Australia seem to have an abstract idea about the sizing, comparisons do not always match- generally the EU sizing is the nearest to reality. The answer is to try on UGGs in a shop and see which size is your best fit, then buy a quality used pair from Repsycho!