The deals at secondhand stories can be awfully tempting, as anyone who's ever come across a $20 pair of used Christian Louboutin knows well. However, wearing those designer heels may have hidden costs.
Think about this: When you wear a shoe several times, it starts to feel comfortable, right? That's because it's forming to your foot, with each curve, bump and biomechanical issue becoming imprinted in that footwear.
Then, consider that there can be extreme differences in each person's feet, even if they wear the same size. As such, slipping your bunions into shoes that have been worn by someone else may be uncomfortable, or even worsen your foot condition.
However, there may be hope if you come across an especially good secondhand deal. Just walk around in the shoes first, paying special attention to whether the footwear feels tight or rubs and causes irritation. If they feel good, they may be appropriate to wear occasionally.