Second-hand find: black suede fringe boots

Earlier today I was traipsing up to Kilburn High Road to have lovely lunch at the ultra-cheap Thai restaurant Spicy Basil, and of course I couldn’t resist quickly popping into the area’s best charity shop, Traid. I headed straight for the shoe section and for the first time in many months I “got lucky” in that department.

Buying shoes in second-hand stores is tricky. First of all they need to be in pristine condition as I’m a lot more picky about used shoes than clothes. You can’t just chuck them into a washing machine, and in general other people’s smelly feet are repulsive. Secondly, I’m a size 38 (5) and that’s a popular size that sells really fast.

But but BUT, as we all know good second-hand finds come to those who wait and keep coming back, and waiting for me today was this pair of unused suede boots. I like the fringes as they’re not overpowering and best of all: they’re flat and comfortable and perfect for London winter walks. The tag  said 15.99 but the nice guy behind the register took a look at them and said: “I think that’s too expensive. You can have them for 13 pounds.”

That’s what I call service. (and no, I don’t have purple legs, I’m wearing tights).

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5 responses to “Second-hand find: black suede fringe boots

  1. I LOVE YOUR VINTAGE AND SECOND HAND FINDS! (enthusiasm marked by capitals).

    I’ve had some cracking vintage shoe hunts over the last couple of years, it’s the thrill of the chase that gets me 🙂 Oddly enough, I find that if I keep in mind what I want, sooner or later, it’ll be sitting there, in next to mint condition, and for a fraction of the original price.

  2. haha yes, vintages shoes are da thing!

    these have proven to be killer boots in more than one way. have 10.000 blisters after walking from Maida Vale to Soho yesterday. (they’re a 38 goddammit, so should fit!).

  3. Shoe trees might help, they can help stretch the shoe a little. My grandmother and her sisters had their own tricks using lots of damp newspaper crammed into shoes to make a 38 a 38.5, which is sometimes all it needs to make a shoe chafe less.

    Sorry about the blisters. Those pavements are hard. Heel cushions might help.

  4. thanks for the tips!
    I’ve actually tried the damp newspaper trick once before. Worked like magic on suede so I’m going to give that one a try again.

  5. thanks for the tips!
    I’ve actually tried the damp newspaper trick once before. Worked like magic on suede so I’m going to give that one a try again.

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