My son’s bright blue trainers are his pride and joy. The only problem is that they’ve got holes in the soles, a rip down one side and even though they’ve been through the washing machine a couple of times they don’t look too clean.
He’s loath to part with them but he might change his mind when he discovers that if he put them on eBay he could be quids-in. Why? Because in the mad world of fashion style-conscious buyers are forking out big bucks for, wait for it, “pre-loved” shoes.
Forget ripped jeans (a la Victoria Beckham), the latest fad is for shoes that have seen better days. On Mr Porter, for instance, you can buy a pair of distressed suede derby shoes for £227.50. Admittedly the original price was an eye-watering £455 but no doubt someone will snap them up.
So hard-up students take note. Grab your discarded shoes from the back of the wardrobe and put them up for sale right now. Those smelly old trainers could pay this month’s rent.