Before we begin, allow me a moment of "Classic Affordable Wardrobe", a tiny bit of gloating if you will. A new pair of tassels, penny loafer style, came my way for a mere $3.49. (Actually, they were $5.99 but I had a coupon for 30% off). I really dig this style of shoe, with the welted seam moccasin toe, like a penny, with tassels, but not a kiltie. Men's clothing dorks will understand that sentence...the rest of you better get googlin'. The last time I saw this particular type of loafer may have been in the fifth or sixth grade, when they were purchased as part of my Catholic school uniform...and you thought this stuff was only for Protestants...
But I digress. As the title of this post suggests, what follows is a little how-to on buying, and wearing, another man's shoes:
I frequently get asked about used shoes. A lot of people are a little creeped out at the thought of wearing second hand clothes, exponentially more at the thought of second hand shoes. I can dig that. Feet are gross, therefore, so are shoes. And heaven help me for wearing used shoes without socks! But I do it all the time. Here's how.
I preach abject pickiness as an attribute of the successful thrift shopper. The same goes double for shoes. Whenever I buy used shoes, I look only for pairs that have barely been worn. Thrift stores are brimming with beat-to-sh*t nasty old shoes. I look at two things: the soles and the inside. Shoes with soles that are barely scuffed are best, especially when you can tell that some guys wife made him wear these to a wedding once and that was it. The same is true of the inside. If you're going sockless, as I frequently do, a fresh pair of Dr. Scholl's inserts helps. Besides making your bare foot more comfortable all day long, they keep your bare foot from making direct contact with the inside of an old shoe. Besides, I'm just not that paranoid, anyway.
I suppose there are disinfectants out there or something, but I just by clean, well kept shoes, then I clean them and keep them well.
But, shouldn't a guy take good care of his shoes anyway?