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Get Thrifty: 25 Best Places To Buy Used Shoes Online


If you’re looking for unique shoes, vintage shoes, or a hot deal — thrifting is a good way to fill your boots. Buying used can also help slow down the wasteful fashion industry. 

Why Thrift Shoes Online?

Your local thrift store is a great place to start. But finding something in your size can be tricky. That’s where online resale platforms come in. They make a near-infinite selection of used shoes available to you, wherever you are.

We’ve done the research and curated the best places to buy used shoes online. These resale platforms from around the world collectively carry hundreds of thousands of secondhand shoes. Are you looking for timeless Chucks? Patinated leather boots? Deadstock Nikes? Or do you want to discover something more obscure? Either way, you’ve come to the right place.

Of course, the hunt can take some time and patience, but that’s kind of the point. Slowing down and being thoughtful about the purchases you make. 

Resale Sustainability + Tradeoffs

There are many sustainability benefits to shopping secondhand. Keeping materials in use saves energy and resources. It also avoids the risk of labour abuse commonly found on cotton farms and in garment factories. But there is a tradeoff.

Big finance and billionaires have flocked to the booming secondhand market which is growing 15x faster than clothing retail. The large resale platforms are now part of the shareholder owned economy that funnels wealth to the top and widens inequality. To see it in action just look just look at the excessive CEO pay provided by many platforms.

Serving investor interest also incentives the promotion of overconsumption. The difference is it can now be marketed as “guilt free” and”sustainable”.

Can we have it all?

There are alternative ownership models that don’t contribute to widening inequality. Platforms like StyleCrush show how profits and decision-making can be shared democratically across a community. Perhaps one day big finance owned platforms will be replaced with cooperatively owned platforms.

In the meantime, we have to work with what we got. Secondhand is still a good choice. Even better if you find something from one of the smaller independent resale platform, like Abbots, WEAR, SneakerCycle, The Closet, WISI-Oi, or StyleCrush.

Use keywords – Are you looking for a specific brand, model, or style? Plug it into the search bar. The larger the shoe selection the more specific you can be (i.e. vintage high top sneakers). Being specific can also help you find hidden gems that others haven’t found.

Use filters – Filters help to cut through the clutter to quickly find listings matching your desired price, location, style, etc.

Look for quality brands – Buying used shoes is a great way to score a deal on high-quality footwear. But there is often competition for the most popular brands. To avoid this competition, look for quality brands that are lesser-known.

Brand name isn’t everything – Beware that reputable brands often have both high and lower quality lines and models. While some brands have also declined in quality over time. As a general rule of thumb, older shoes from before the 2000s should be longer lasting. It can be worthwhile to do some research to find out what model or time period is best to look for. A quick Reddit and Google search is a good places to start.

Vet the seller – Before you place an order it’s always a good idea to check out the seller’s profile and reviews. This is especially the case if the price seems too good to be true. You also want to make sure you read the whole product description rather than rely on photos to ensure you aren’t surprised when your order arrives.

Check the buyer protection policy – Most resale platforms have at least a 2 to 3 day return policy to protect against items that are not as described or not received. However, you can also get additional peace of mind by using PayPal which provides its own Purchase Protection.

Sneakers

Moonstar, Novesta

Vintage Sneakers

Pony, Brooks, Autry, Trax, Jox, Karhu, Keds, PF Flyers, Avia

Leather Shoes

John Fluevog, Cydwoq

Boots

Redwings (Classic 877), Grenson, R.M. Williams, Chippewa, Trickers, Crockett & Jones, Edward Green, Tricker’s, Yuketen

Hikers

Danner, Fabiano

Vintage Dress Shoes

Florsheim, Johnston & Murphy (Aristocraft), Wright, Weyenberg (50’s-60’s), Nettleton

Clogs

Dansko

Footwear Resale Platforms


eBay

eBay’s huge number of listings and international reach are unmatched. It might take some digging to find the right pair but it is one of the best places to find used shoes online. 

You can use the “advanced” search option to shop local and save on emission and shipping. Find it just to the right of the main search bar. Then scroll down to “Item location”.

🏆 Best for: overall selection
🔍 Shoe selection: +9,000,000
📦 Area served: global
🔑 Ownership: 94% institutions (top 3: Vanguard, BlackRock, State Street)
💰 CEO pay: $21M

⏬ List of international eBay sites

 

eBay United States
eBay Canada
eBay UK
eBay Australia & New Zealand
eBay Argentina
eBay Belgium
eBay Brazil
eBay China
eBay France
eBay Germany
eBay Austria
eBay Italy
eBay Netherlands
eBay Spain
eBay Switzerland
eBay Hong Kong
eBay India
eBay Ireland
eBay Malaysia 
eBay Philippines
eBay Poland
eBay Russia
eBay Singapore


Etsy 

An e-commerce platform focused on handmade and vintage items. It is a great place to find unique secondhand shoes and to support small boutiques and artisans who may not have any other online presence. Learn how to use Etsy to shop local here.

🏆 Best for: artisan made and vintage footwear
🔍 Shoe selection: +300,000
📦 Area served: global
🔑 Ownership: 99% institutions (top 3: Vanguard, BlackRock, Capital Group)
💰 CEO pay: $16M


Depop 

A social shopping platform with a simple and trendy aesthetic making it one of the most enjoyable places to thrift online. It is a great place to find pre owned sneakers from common brands like Nike, Vans, and Converse. 

🏆 Best for: browsing experience
🔍 Shoe selection: +500,000
📦 Area served: US, Europe, Australia (international shipping varies by seller)
🔑 Ownership: Etsy, Inc.
💰 CEO pay: $16M


Poshmark

Poshmark is a US-based social fashion marketplace. It is a giant in the online resale world making it a great place for buying used shoes of all kinds. 

🏆 Best for: variety
🔍 Shoe selection: +500,000
📦 Area served: US, Canada, Australia, India, UK
🔑 Ownership: Naver whose top shareholders include Hae-Jin Lee (Korean billionaire), BlackRock, and Vangaurd
💰 CEO pay: $3M (2021)


Facebook

Facebook Marketplace is a great way to find used shoes near you. There are also Facebook groups for buying and selling different kinds of used shoes. For example, Minimalist Shoe Buy/Sell/Trade, or The Shoe Forum dedicated to classic leather shoes. Alternatively, look up local shoe exchange groups in your area.

🏆 Best for: bargaining
🔍 Shoe selection: location based
📦 Area served: most countries except for China and a few others
🔑 Ownership: top shareholders are Mark Zuckerberg, Vanguard, and BlackRock
💰 CEO pay: $24M


Abbot’s

Abbot’s specializes in quality pre-owned leather footwear. The quality of craftsmanship and materials used by higher-end brands means they are made to last – for decades when properly taken care of. Abbot’s is making sure they are put to good use by reconditioning them and selling them at a more affordable price. Sign up to their newsletter for a £10 discount.

🏆 Best for: high-end leather footwear
🔍 Shoe selection: +300
📦 Area served: UK shipping (£3.99) + international shipping (£15 – £30)
A black and white fist icon indicating which sustainable shoe brands are independent. Independent: +75% owned and controlled by founder


Grailed

Grailed is a resale marketplace for men’s fashion. It has a large selection of mens used shoes consisting of mostly streetwear brands. Although it caters to sneakerheads there are plenty deals to be found.

🏆 Best for: streetwear & sneakerheads
🔍 Shoe selection: +200,000
📦 Area served: global
🔑 Ownership: subsidiary of GOAT Group owned by venture capital, hedge funds, and its founders
💰 CEO pay: $16M


ASOS Marketplace

ASOS Marketplace is home to +900 small businesses including independent brands and vintage boutiques from +50 countries. The used shoe section includes a selection with affordable prices. You can use the filters to see only vintage items or items in a specific country.

🏆 Best for: discovering vintage boutiques
🔍 Shoe selection: +2,000
📦 Area served: global
🔑 Ownership: top shareholders are Anders Povlsen (Danish billionaire), Mike Ashley (British billionaire), Camelot Capital
💰 CEO pay: $1M


Bonanza

Bonanza is a global platform featuring a mish-mash of vendors selling both used and new products. Although the website has a distinctly dated feel, it is functional and offers a wide selection of used footwear that is worth taking a look at. As the seller base is dispersed internationally, make sure to narrow your search listing to those that ship to your country.

🏆 Best for: variety
🔍 Shoe selection: 200,000
📦 Area served: Global
🔑 Ownership: Quincy Faison


Mercari

Mercari is a Japanese online marketplace that feels like a combination of eBay and Craigslist. The site is only available in Japanese, but there’s apps for that if you are feeling adventurous. It is a great place to score deals on quality western brands that are popular in Japan such as, Trippen or Redwing.

🏆 Best for: unique finds
🔍 Shoe selection: unknown
📦 Area served: Japan + international shipping
🔑 Ownership: Shintaro Yamada (Japanese billionaire), Nomura Group, Nikko Asset Management
💰 CEO pay: $1.5M


The RealReal

The RealReal is a big business that resells luxury goods. Since becoming a public company traded on the stock market, former employees have reported underpaid staff and a focus on “the quantity of product, rather than the value of the product.” We still include it here as it has one of the largest selections of secondhand designer shoes.

🏆 Best for: luxury fashion
🔍 Shoe selection: unknown
📦 Area served: US + international shipping
🔑 Ownership: top shareholder are Woodson Capital (hedge fund), Morgan Stanley, and Vangaurd
💰 CEO pay: $8M



StyleCrush

The founders of StyleCrush love thrifting. But they see most online thrifting options as overwhelming for buyers and rarely profitable for resellers. Their budding fashion resale marketplace is meant to change this. It will make thrifting easy with styling inspo and advice. And more profitable by making the platform member-owned to ensure profits flow back to the community not to outside investors. You can browse a limited selection of used shoes on their beta platform now.

🏆 Best for: ethical shoe brands
🔍 Shoe selection: <100
📦 Area served: US
A black and white fist icon indicating which sustainable shoe brands are independent. Independent: cooperative owned and controlled by community members


SneakerCycle

A major US resale platform focused on both reusing and recycling used shoes. They have fair prices and a great selection, especially for athletic footwear brands like Nike, Adidas, Hoka, On, and New Balance. They also thoroughly clean each pair, making it easy for you to get more life out of their shoes.

🏆 Best for: sneakers, runners, sports shoes
🔍 Shoe selection: +20,000
📦 Area served: US only (free shipping)
🔑 Ownership: Appears to be independently owned by its founders


Goodwill

Goodwill’s online shop showcases inventory from Goodwill stores across the US. The platform uses an auctioning system with bidding often starting between $5 and $10 plus a small handling fee. This means there’s plenty of opportunity to find a bargain on used shoes from common brands and sometimes higher-end brands as well.

Although goodwill is a nonprofit, it has a history of excessive CEO compensation and underpaying workers. In some cases less than minimum wage.

🏆 Best for: bargain hunting
🔍 Shoe selection: +25,000
📦 Area served: US (International shipping is seller dependent)
🔑 Ownership: nonprofit has no shareholders
💰 CEO pay: $650K avg. ($100M total across 155 stores)


ThredUP

A large secondhand shopping platform focused on women’s and kid’s fashion. They carry popular brands and offer big discounts on used shoes. Their business model is based on making mass resale convenient. ThredUP also offers a clean out service in some countries. It’s an easy way to declutter your closet or shoe rack, as long as you’re not too fussed about how much you are compensated.  

🏆 Best for: big discounts on women’s and kid’s shoes
🔍 Shoe selection: +50,000
📦 Area served: US, Canada
🔑 Ownership: top shareholders are Capital Group, Goldman Sachs, Thrivent
💰 CEO pay: $3M


Mercari US

Mercari’s US website offers a wide selection of used shoes and a convenient app to shop from your phone.

🏆 Best for: convenient shopping app 
🔍 Shoe selection: +100,000 
📦 Area served: US
🔑 Ownership: Shintaro Yamada (Japanese billionaire), Nomura Group, Nikko Asset Management
💰 CEO pay:$1.5M


Vinted

Vinted is a giant second hand fashion marketplace. Its seemingly random assortment of used shoes and affordable prices gives the feeling of browsing the inventory of an IRL thrift store. 

🏆 Best for: thrift store feel
🔍 Shoe selection: +20,000
📦 Areas served: EU, US, Canada
🔑 Ownership: mostly venture capital



WEAR Store

A pre-loved sneaker marketplace based in the Netherlands. The company gives tens of thousands of used sneakers a second life by refurbishing them in its Fresh Step Factory where it hires people with untapped labor potential.

🏆 Best for: social impact & fair prices
🔍 Shoe selection: +3000
📦 Area served: EU
A black and white fist icon indicating which sustainable shoe brands are independent. Independent: owned by its two founders and an angel investor


Thrift+

Thrift+ offering great prices and good selection of used shoes to UK based thrifters. They aim to provide an ultra-efficient experience. The company was founded on the principle of a three-way profit-sharing model. One-third to the clothing donor, one-third to UK charities, and one-third to Thrift+. The company appears to have taken on venture capital investment and has since shifted away from this model. But is still donating a discretionary amount to charity. 

🏆 Best for: user experience 
🔍 Shoe selection: +8,000
📦 Area served: UK
🔑 Ownership: mostly venture capital


Vinted

Vinted is a giant second hand fashion marketplace. Its seemingly random assortment of used shoes and affordable prices gives the feeling of browsing the inventory of an IRL thrift store. 

🏆 Best for: thrift store feel
🔍 Shoe selection: +20,000
📦 Area served: EU, US, Canada
🔑 Ownership: mostly venture capital


Netflea

Netlfea or Vähänkäytetty (in Finnish) aims to bring the traditional flea market into the digital era, which translates to great prices on used shoes. The platform also distinguishes itself from others by providing users with the convenience of combining multiple items from different sellers to be shipped as one package with a single fee.

🏆 Best for: low prices
🔍 Shoe selection: +4,000
📦 Area served: Europe
🔑 Ownership: founders and venture capital


The Next Closet

A Dutch womens-focused resale marketplace offering mostly designer brands. Their large collection of pre-loved footwear is screened for quality and authenticity.

[DECLARED BANKRUPTCY SPRING 2024. MAY REOPEN IF ASSETS ARE SOLD OFF.]

🏆 Best for: like new designer footwear
🔍 Shoe selection: +10,000
📦 Area served: EU
🔑 Ownership: venture capital


Lampoo

Lampoo is a luxury resale fashion marketplace with a large selection of secondhand shoes.

🏆 Best for: designer footwear
🔍 Selection: +7,000
📦 Area served: EU
🔑 Ownership: mostly venture capital



The Closet

The Closet is Australia’s largest online fashion resale store. They set themselves apart by only accepting used shoes that are still in great condition.

🏆 Best for: like new footwear
🔍 Shoe selection: +200
📦 Area served: Australia
A black and white fist icon indicating which sustainable shoe brands are independent. Independent: founder owned and controlled



WISI-Oi

A South African resale fashion marketplace founded by Phumi Körber after she got fed-up seeing first hand the massive amount of waste produced by the fashion industry. WISI-Oi was built to be an alternative to the mainstream. In her words, it is “a digital hub for creative, fashion-forward, mindful consumers celebrating the culture of shared fashion.”

🏆 Best for: sneakers & heels
🔍 Shoe selection: +400
📦 Area served: South Africa 
A black and white fist icon indicating which sustainable shoe brands are independent. Independent: majority owned and controlled by the founder


Jiji

An African classified ads marketplace founded in Lagos by a Ukrainian tech entrepreneur. As the largest resale platform on the continent spanning multiple countries it has a large inventory of used shoes for sale. International shipping will vary by seller.

🏆 Best for: shopping locally in Africa
🔍 Shoe selection: +60,000
📦 Area served: Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania
🔑 Ownership: founder and venture capital


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