When you don't have money for new shoes, you buy used shoes.
Otherwise, you buy new ones.
After my maternal grandfather passed away, I somehow ended up with a pair of his work shoes. They fit pretty good, but more importantly, I just felt better when I wore them. I could be down, then change to his pair of shoes and be better for it.
But they got savaged pretty badly in Katrina, and didn't really get the job done anymore. I finally disposed of them, earlier this year.
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My Mother bought these black Red Wing boots for me in the ‘90’s.
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They are on their last legs.
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I bought the brown Red Wing boots on the left about a year ago.
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You can see how many steps I’ve taken at work in just one year by the wear of the tread.
Almost all the other shoes I have were bought at the thrift store. I spray them with disinfectant and put them in a ziplock bag, squeeze the air out, and let them sit for a couple of days.
Also, I use my boot dryer every day. I take my boots off when I get home, put them on the dryer, plug it in, and they sit there for 12 hours. It kills bacteria with steady, low heat and dries out any sweat, etc.
Every couple of months I plop down about 10 dollars at Goodwill for a couple pairs of “dead man’s shoes.”
I have bought them. I have taken them as gifts. I have been poor. I prefer to be the first owner of footwear and clothing, but if needs must, no problem.
I'm not against the idea but that old saying makes me wonder why bother if you're only going to get another mile out of that other man's shoes.How does everyone here feel about buying and using second hand shoes? I've had second hand computers, furniture, houses, cars, guitars, women. Why should second hand shoes seem...weird?