Does StockX Sell Used Shoes? A Complete Guide

Discover whether StockX sells used shoes, whether it is an ideal platform to find used shoes, as well as tips on how to spot them

Can you sell used shoes on stockx without a penalty

StockX is currently perhaps one the most popular platform to buy and sell limited sneakers as well as other items that are usually sold out elsewhere such as designer bags, Pokémon cards, watches, and more. Today, we’ll be answering the question of whether StockX sell used shoes at all.

For the most part, StockX is quite reputable but like most things, it isn’t perfect. There have been controversies and instances of used or fake items being branded as real and sold to unsuspecting consumers.

But does StockX sell used shoes intentionally? Here’s what the research indicates:

Does StockX have used shoes?

StockX authentication badges via StockX
StockX authentication badges. Image via StockX

StockX is a platform for re-selling sold-out items, including sneakers that are “deadstock” or brand new. If you’re confused about some of the terminologies used, check out our sneaker terminology guide.

If you’re buying a pair of shoes on StockX, they’ll always be meant to be brand new. Although they may be worn once in case the seller wanted to try one, they’ll need to pass the platform’s authentication test which includes checking for signs of wear.

StockX does not intentionally sell used sneakers and if the seller is caught selling used items (which they are in over 90% of cases), they’re charged a 15% fine.

So to answer the question “does StockX sell used shoes?”, the short answer is no. However, that doesn’t mean you will never find any.

How to find used shoes on StockX

StockX authentication process via TechCrunch
StockX authentication process via TechCrunch

We’ve already established that you’re not allowed to sell used sneakers on StockX as you can be fined or even banned permanently.

The authentication process on StockX is starting to become notorious for letting fakes, as well as used sneakers, circumvent it. Although when you look at the numbers, it is a tiny possibility but it’s quite possible.

To spot a used sneaker, you can look for a myriad of signs such as a yellowed-out effect if your sneaker is supposed to be an all-white colorway.

Any signs of discoloration may indicate that the sneaker has in fact been used. Other signs may also include that dreaded midsole crack which you’ll usually find on sneakers you’ve worn in, never a brand-new pair that you’ve directly ordered from the Nike SNKRS app.

Next up, check for heel drag. That’s always a bad sign and you’ll probably want to return the shoes in case you spot them.

You can also check if the sneakers you’re wearing have been stretched out more than usual. Let’s say you already own a pair of Air Jordan 11s but the Jordan 11 Retro Cherry you’ve just received from StockX is a bit looser than usual. Perhaps because it has been worn by someone with larger feet.

Lastly, also check for leather or rubber scuffs that are easily identifiable.

Unfortunately, used sneakers are not all that you’ll need to look out for.

Is everything on StockX real?

Fake Sneakers on StockX being reported via WSJ
Fake Sneakers on StockX are being reported via WSJ

Fakes on StockX are a real problem. Although officials claim that they have an accuracy of 99% in detecting fakes or faulty goods, it is no secret that buyers have been unpleasantly surprised on a number of occasions.

In fact, Nike has recently sued the reselling platform for minting NFTs and misusing its trademark. A few days ago, the Swoosh upped the ante and also claimed that they ordered and received 4 counterfeit Nike sneakers from StockX.

Buyers have also received fakes on a number of occasions which has steadily impacted the trust users have in the platform. YouTube and Reddit pages are filled with horror stories of receiving fake sneakers from StockX when they’ve had to pay sky-high resale prices for their desired shoes.

Thankfully, in the vast majority of cases, the sneakers are authentic but we can show you how to spot fake sneakers in case you’re one of the unlucky few.

How to Spot Fake Sneakers

Real vs Fake Air Jordan 11 via Legitgrails
Real vs Fake Air Jordan 11 via Legitgrails

The best option will always be buying from Nike directly through the SNKRS app. However, that’s usually incredibly difficult. Luckily, by reading the Hypemaster Playbook, you’ll learn all the tips and tricks to acquire the most profitable sneakers directly.

In order to spot fakes, you can do a number of things such as comparing the stitching on the shoes. Originals usually have thick, high-quality stitching that is equidistant.

You can also check the logos as fakes usually do have discrepancies.

All sneakers also come with SKU numbers which you can use to match the number on the box. For a full guide on how to spot fake sneakers, check out our article!

All in all, it is possible to buy used sneakers on StockX, as well as fakes. Thankfully, it’s not as common as some might claim.

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Mohammad Yousaf

As a business student, Mohammad was thoroughly impressed with where the secondary market was heading for sneakers. He quickly realized that what used to be considered as a side hustle, was now the main income stream for many. He has studied the game ever since.

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