Is it just me or have slides been all over the place lately? They are the more sophisticated cousin of the flip flop while maintaining versatility. Plus they are just super easy to slip on and go. Perfect!
Of the bloggers I follow religiously, I have been seeing the Hermes Oran sandal all over their posts. They have the traditional H design over the toes and come either flat or with more of a heel. Super classic and chic, but also HUNDREDS of dollars. ($760 for the cheapest model brand new to be exact.) Even a decent pair on eBay and other secondhand shops do not budge under $300. So yeah, not really happening anytime soon.
I am so in love with these Burberry espadrille slides because they are classic and simple but still have a touch of special with the famous nova check design. While there is not a current model very similar to this style, considering a pair of new Burberry flip flops are starting at $250, these slides were probably retailing at around $300 brand new.
I found this pair on eBay with the Buy It Now option offering the Best Offer option. The model is quite out of season, the soles were quite worn, and the fabric had light staining on the side. But this was nothing a cobbler and some cleaning wouldn't fix, and the shoes still had a lot of life left! The seller was asking $50, so I low balled at $25 and surprisingly it was accepted! With $5 shipping, these adorable plaid Burberry slide-goodness were only $30!
Like other high end items, with shoes there are definitely details you want to look for when purchasing second hand pieces from sites that are not authentic certified. Make sure to look at many pictures and ensure the details are consistent with the high quality these brands produce (ie straight stitching, accurate "Made In" location, etc). Make sure you get a product number so you can make verify this item matches the same product online (Google it!). For these particular shoes, and many similar styles, there is not sufficient material to print a serial number on. If this is the case, you want to look for other signs of authenticity. For these slides, you can see an authenticity stamp (very lightly) printed on the bottom of the shoe that includes where the shoes were made. Even though I got these at an incredibly low price, you still want to make sure you are investing in a legitimate designer item.
Thank you so much for reading! If you have more tips about authenticating secondhand designer items, please share below!
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