I too have a shoe fitment problem. I wear an 11 EEE and I have a high instep. My go to shoes have always been Rockports and New Balance but hanging out here and on another site where they talk about shoes every now and then put me on the track to Allen Edmonds for some nicer shoes. Before I went out and bought new ones I went to their store to find out what size I actually wear according to them. Then I got on ebay and found a pair of "Wilberts" which is one of their most popular shoes for $50.00 shipped ($275.00 retail and according to the staff at the store the Wilbert rarely goes on sale). The shoes are in excellent condition but I've never bought used shoes. Before anyone says they wouldn't do that, try and remember if you've ever been to a bowling alley and used their shoes. I'll bet I clean the insides better than they do.
I started reading on the Internet how to clean them when they got here and the consensus of what I found was to wipe them out thoroughly with Clorox wipes and then spray the insides with Lysol and let them dry. Once that was done and they did end up looking like almost new, I went back to the AE store to buy some shoe care products for the outside and some new laces. I got a new horsehair brush, two pair of laces, a cotton flannel polishing cloth, Leather Lotion, and Heel & Sole Edge Dressing for a grand total of $27.60. So now my $275.00 shoes have cost me $77.60. If I had wanted to I could have sent them to AE for recrafting for $125.00 and still been under the cost of new by $100.00 but these shoes were like new so I chose this route. If you do decide to buy used and plan to send them for recrafting make sure you view their video online as some shoes (because of various problems or the way the shoe was originally built) can not be recrafted. I figure I'll wear these for a few days and if I like them I'll go buy a new pair (Stewart Tan Waxy Saddle) before they go off sale.
Anyone else ever bought a used pair of shoes or worn inherited/hand me downs?
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