How do you feel about thrifted shoes? As long as they are in good condition and have minimal wear, I am happy to purchase second-hand footwear. My local Salvation Army thrift store has so many different styles and sizes that it’s hard to choose sometimes! Over the years, I have been very lucky to find high-quality shoes for less. Now, some of these shoes have been so well loved, they needed some repair, and I was curious if making the investment in thrifted footwear would be worth it:
Pikolinos Nude Leather Shoes Thrift Price: $8.99, Actual Retail Price: $200. The sole at the front was coming away from the shoe and needed to be glued.
See by Chloe Maroon Leather Loafers Thrift Price: $10.99, Actual Retail Price: $350. The leather was separating at the seam near the top.
Stubbs and Wootton Needlepoint Leather Shoes Thrift Price: $8.99, Actual Retail Price: $575. The leather sole was wearing thin and needed to be reinforced.
I thrifted all three pairs for $28.97 from my local Salvation Army thrift store. If I had paid retail, that amount would’ve been $1,125! To repair all the shoes cost a total of $45, which brings the price to $73.97 for all three.
If you’re unsure of thrifting a pair of shoes, I say go for it! You’ll most likely find a highquality item for less, and they will last for many years to come.
Tijana McAllister is the frugalista behind A Plentiful Life, a lifestyle blog that shows readers how to live their best lives on a budget. She is also a creative expert for The Salvation Army’s thrift stores. Find a thrift store near you at thriftstore.ca.
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