13Feb

Preloved and Vintage Footwear: A Buyers Guide

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.

Inner View

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.

Returns Policies

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.