A quality pair of shoes can be really expensive, but you don’t have to buy them new. A post over at the Art of Manliness recommends buying a second-hand pair and getting it restored for high quality at a low price.
They have a whole list of tips on building your wardrobe for less money, complete with the video guide above — but the second tip is our favourite:
A solid shoe brand like Allen Edmonds can be restored from a truly bedraggled state to something close to the original, if you know a good craftsman. Some brands also offer their own re-crafting services, and most aren’t too picky about demanding an original receipt or proof-of-purchase so long as it’s obviously one of their shoes.
Be on the lookout for hard-used but well-made shoes. Advanced repairs aren’t cheap, but they’re still a bargain compared to buying new. For the price of a cheap pair of shoes, you could end up with something much nicer and sturdier.
They claim that you can restore a $500 pair of shoes to like-new condition for about $100 or $120 total — again, not cheap, but a great price for the quality you get. Hit the link for more tips, or check out the video above.
10 Inexpensive Ways to Build Your Wardrobe [Art of Manliness]