This is a post I have been excited about writing for a while now. I have always been a lover of luxury items, but until recently was scared/skeptical of buying them second hand. For my Christmas present to myself this year I knew I wanted these classic Chanel flats. But I did not have $700+ saved up for them. After reading several reviews of how to buy second hand items safely I decided to take the plunge. I purchased these used Chanel fats for only $300 on Ebay and am beyond happy with my purchase. Buying them used I saved over half of the retail value and these particular flats are still in amazing condition. I am going to walk you through some things to think about when purchasing luxury items, but specifically Chanel flats secondhand.
Where to Purchase?
Like I mentioned above I purchased mine from Ebay, specially this seller (the purse ladies). I feel very comfortable purchasing through Ebay. But make sure the seller has posted several detailed photos, especially of the bottom of the shoes for you to see. Also check out the sellers rating. Are they are new account, or do they have thousands of ratings for you to look at? The Purse Ladies have over 4,000 stars and gave detailed information of the shoes condition and also offer a 14 day return policy, so I was comfortable purchasing with them. I have sold on Poshmark but not yet purchased myself, I do know that if they are not authentic Poshmark will refund your money. You can also purchase from sites like The Real Real, these are 100% trust worthy but I do find their items to be more expensive.
What Size to Buy?
This is really a tricky question to answer. My suggestion is to try on some Chanel flats at a store near you (Neiman Marcus is the closest to me). I have been told that the patent leather flat run smaller then the soft leather (which is what I own). My shoe size is normally a 9 or 9 1/2 but in the Chanel flats I have a 10. But they fit my wide foot perfectly, which was a nice surprise. I also have friends with narrow smaller feet that also love them. The flats were designed well to really fit any foot shape in my opinion.
What to Look For
You want to make sure the lister has several authentic (not stock) photos of the shoes. The bottom of the shoes is very important. They will not only show how much wear the shoe has but also you want to verify the size. Listers often say the shoe is a 10/40 in the description but it is really a 40.5 or so on. I personally like to see that the gold Chanel logo is still intact inside the shoe and not worn off, along with the made in Italy mark. Also many sellers offer a 1-2 week return period, so you can always take the shoes into a store to be verified if you feel the need to.