Been digging pretty hard into the eBay menswear universe recently, waiting for a miracle. It ain't easy. You see things like J. Press 3-roll-2 jackets that have been pressed into oblivion as 3-button-two jackets. Secondhand John Lobb Chelsea boots for $700. A seller with a ton of tweed suits, all described as "MOD VINTAGE INDIE." Obvious misdescriptions of fabric. Shawl-collared brown suits. Brogued Norwegian toes. It's about as pleasant and life-affirming as mindlessly scanning Facebook.
But for lightly used specimens of any brand you trust implicitly--such as Allen Edmonds--it's hard to go wrong. Much like thrifting (according to the menswear bloggers with the patience for it), you have to put in a lot of time to get a good deal. But the deals are good.