I'll "step in" and set this right. Yes you can actually sterilize a shoe or any other garment. Even a vintage shoe or hat or clothing item. A spray called "Hospiseptic" it kills any know germ or virus or bacterial known to mankind. You spray your shoe and let it sit. Then saddle soap the entire shoe, (not suede on this step) inside and out. A quick inspection of any vintage can let you know it the shoe has any imprint from wear due to anyone wearing it. If the shoe is a REAL shoe and can be resoled, that can be fixed. A new layer of cork goes on with the new sole and no more imprint.Sorry, not a fan. As much as I enjoy thrifting, you can't really sterilize used shoes IMO. Too much risk of catching someone else's crud. Same goes for hats. I buy my own.
I'm wearing a pair of William Lennon B9 boots now; bought them second hand, on eBay, for a third of retail price. They were in as-new condition when they arrived - I can only assume the original purchaser never wore them. I've bought a lot of second-hand shoesx over the years, with no problem. As long as they're lightly worn, I find it never takes more than a day or two for the footbed to completely remould around my feet - no real differentg to wearing new shoes, really. The only people who've ever really looked at me in askance over this have been people who either sneer at the idea of second-hand clothing generally, or people who think of shoes as too cheap to buy used, because they only ever buy twenty-quid cheap shoes new themselves, and don't appreciate the idea of a quality pair of shoes, let alone one at a bargain. For every person I've heard fear catching all sort of unspedcified nasties from lightly-used second hand shoes, I've yet to hearf of a medically-verfied instance of this.
Yes you are correct. Vintage shoes are actually a decent bargain as long as they are in decent condition.I looked at it this way when building my wardrobe. I could have one pair of Allen & Edmonds or Alden Cap Toe Balmorals, OR I could have 10 pairs of shoes (Balmorals, Spectators, Wing Tips, etc.) all vintage (Allen & Edmond, Johnston & Murphy) and made way better than even the $400+ modern offerings. I good cleaning, conditioning, and shoe trees go a long way. And after a resole they feel like your own. Hell, they're basically a new shoe after that.
I agree. The comments about underwear made are a bit "out there" as no...not the same thing as a pair of shoes...unless you wear your shoe in a "strange way"....lol!I own a pair of redwing iron rangers that i got for $70 on ebay. It's the moleskin and has a lovely patina. I wore them for a bit and then sent them off to have the soles rebuilt. I don't see anything wrong with buying boots second hand. You treat and condition them plus you can wash the insides out with water and saddle soap. I don't think I would wewr 2nds with sneakers though.
Not sure what you mean in this statement? I have never heard of anyone placing a shoe in a freezer over night to get the shape back, I have heard of putting bags of water in the shoe to make them stretch wider, but it does not work.shoes just not a problem stick 'em in the freezer over night and use shoe trees to get the shape back...come on ManUp
Not sure what you mean in this statement? I have never heard of anyone placing a shoe in a freezer over night to get the shape back, I have heard of putting bags of water in the shoe to make them stretch wider, but it does not work.
Simply when a shoe, new, used no matter what is first in your hand, you clean it, spray it with hospiseptic spray, use some saddle soap in and outside of the shoe, then condition until they are really well conditioned and then polish if that is a finish you want. Never think just because a shoe or boot is new, that there is no bacteria inside or outside. And when anyone takes the steps I do with a shoe...it is completely disinfected with no issues to it at all. New or used.