ballet flats (Mossimo, Old Navy, Gap) from a thrift store
vintage Impo pumps bought at an estate sale and currently for sale on Etsy
Marc Fisher tall brown boots bought at an estate sale and for sale on eBay
Shoes I Never Buy ThriftedNot every shoe is thrift worthy. The two major shoes to leave behind are:
Sneakers because they lose their effectiveness as a running shoe, trainer, etc. or so I've heard. I am not the least bit athletic. I can't say for sure. Unless they look brand new they're probably not worth it.
Fur or fleece lined boots like Uggs because I can't see the inside and critters could hide in the nap. Probably no critters but not taking a chance and professionally cleaning would be too expensive. I almost broke a couple of weekends ago on a pair of vintage fleece lined Bass that looked super cozy and comfortable. They didn't have much wear on them. They were also suede which is a special cleaning too. No deal.
vintage Bass oxfords bought at an estate sale and for sale on eBay
How To Clean Thrift Store Shoes
Now that I've discovered "cleaning", I don't hesitate to purchase thrift store shoes excluding sneakers and fur/fleece. My shoe bath is a 4 step process:
1. Use nail polish remover to remove the marker price sometimes written on sole of shoe.
2. For non-leather shoes*, wipe down shoe with a damp cloth (inside and out) in a mixture of vodka water or vinegar water. Please don't use your good vodka to clean shoes. Pick up the cheapest brand you can find or use vinegar water. I use a 50/50 mix. For leather shoes, I rub in some saddle soap and then rinse with the vodka water.
suede Ferragamo pumps bought at an estate sale and sold on Etsy
*do not attempt on suede. You will need a special cleaner for suede shoes.
3. Spray lightly with disinfectant spray.
4. Let shoes dry near a window or outside to soak of ultraviolet rays that kill bacteria.
Stuart Weitzman pumps listed on eBay
Do you wear thrift store shoes? What cleaning tips do you have?