Should Your Pawn or Sell Your Sneakers?

January 23, 2020 - Clothing, Accessories and Handbags

Are you a recovering sneakerhead?

Dramatic wording aside, if you spent money on your sneakers, it’s possible to get a good deal back. Granted your used sneakers have to be in good condition, but yes – you can pawn and sell them.

Want to learn more before you take your babies to the pawn shop? Keep reading below.

Which Used Sneakers Can You Pawn?

You can’t take any old pair of shoes into a pawn shop and expect to walk out with cash. Don’t bother making the trip unless there’s a demand for the shoes you’re selling.

Are they special edition? Rare? Vintage? There has to be someone out there willing to buy them, especially if they’re used.

Along with the model of shoe, they can only be lightly used. You need to clean them before you bring them in and hopefully have the original box.

More on that below.

Pawing Your Shoes

Ok, so you have a pair of shoes in mind that fit the above criteria. Great! Let’s talk about getting you top dollar.

Step 1: Clean Your Shoes

You know an easy way to clean shoes without color-affecting chemicals? Baby wipes!

Grab a pack of baby wipes from your local dollar store or your house and wipe down any marks on your shoes.

If that doesn’t work, there are plenty of tutorials on how to clean your kicks.

The pawn shop will look at the inside (the inserts) the bottoms and the general condition of the shoe. Can you wash the inserts that are in your shoes if they’re discolored?

Check online if you can use Clorox to clean the bottom of your shoes. You want them looking as close to new as possible.

2. Find the Box

If you keep your sneaks in shoe boxes, great! That means you can get more money for your used sneakers.

Having the original box makes the shoes more sell-able. The buyer will look at them like they’re an official piece of merchandise, not someone’s cast-offs.

If you have the original receipt of purchase, that’s even better. That way the pawn shop employee (who may know nothing about shoes) can get an idea of what they’re worth.

3. Know What to Expect

Finally, you can’t walk in and demand a sum of money with no proof. Look on eBay and other sites for what shoes like yours are going for.

Note the condition and if they had things like the box and original receipt. You can start at the price they sold at, but you may get haggled down.

Be respectful and willing to cooperate, but firm on your lowest price.

The Pawn Transaction

With all this under your belt, you’re ready to pawn or sell your used sneakers. Make sure you approach a few pawn shops in an area where someone would buy your sneakers.

A pair of Kanye’s probably won’t sell in a pawn shop in an elderly neighborhood. It’s okay to get multiple offers, but you don’t want to mess around forever.

Start by searching our pawn shop directory

David Stiebel
David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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