There are few things I find more difficult to stomach than buying second hand clothes and yet what I am about to tell you has changed my opinion to a certain extent. Obsessed with patina I have been on the search for some new items that I could potentially work with and in the process I stumbled upon a pair of Edward Green shoes in Mosman, Sydney of which the owner on Ebay seemed to think they were in good shape.
I would say that my interest to start with was merely academic but of course I did purchase a pair in my own size so perhaps I did want to own a pair of second hand shoes. In the end I was delighted when these beautiful numbers turned up and I have spent a day using the advice from Christopher from Double Monk in Melbourne, coupled with his Saphir products which I purchased from him last week, turning these old Edward Greens into something which resembled a worn but almost new looking shoe.
If wearing another man's shoes turns you off, look away from the screen now, because I have something to tell you which I ordinarily would find particularly distasteful myself, they not only fit but they are delightful to wear and whilst I was going to on-sell them once I had done some tricks to them, now it looks like they will be staying put.
It is quite remarkable what you can find on Ebay. Good luck hunting.