Unlike Terri, I am NOT into shoes. I have the normal mix of running shoes, flip flops, work shoes, and jeans shoes. I sometimes have two of each type – one brown, one black – to match what I’m wearing. I look for shoes based on comfort first, then price, then style. I wear them til they fall apart, or become so thin on the soles that I basically am going barefoot. At that point, I will shop again.
Well, today was that day!
I’ve been needing a new pair of running shoes – desperately. I used to be more diligent about buying a new pair after so many miles, but since I have cut back my running to 3 days a week, I kind of let the shoe buying slow down as well. My current shoes have lost all bounce and feel really flat. But no biggie, right? I mean, there happens to be a big trend in barefoot running these days – I read the book. And I almost believed it. So I thought, instead of spending a hundred dollars on those light shoes, I would just let my shoes wear down so much that they become that kind of shoe.
Sadly, I’ve learned I’m not a barefoot kind of runner. I like bounce. I like comfort. I like to feel light while running. I don’t like clunking, and feeling flat-footed.
Since I didn’t have to be at work until 2pm today, I decided to stop at a shoe store on my way in. I chose a store I don’t normally shop, but know they have good deals. I walked immediately to the back of the store in search of a bathroom. Every girl knows – okay, every MOM knows – you can’t shop for anything if you gotta pee. And I had just driven 40 minutes with 2 cups of coffee and a bottle of water in my system.
I search the back area for a few minutes, before I ask. I was a little dumbfounded to learn that there was no public bathroom in this HUGE shoe store. I politely thank him, then walk out the door. I cannot shop in a place with no bathroom. Their loss.
So on to the next place. Actually, it’s my favorite place, and I don’t know why I didn’t go there to begin with. It’s a one stop shop for clothes, home goods, and shoes. They carry all the name brands and have a pretty good selection. And I’m a preferred customer (just ask the credit card guys),
….and they have a bathroom!
So I’m not sure why I went somewhere else.
I was able to find pair of shoes that met all my criteria. And I may have found a new pair of work shoes too. I’m going to wear them tonight at work and see if they’re comfortable enough to stand in for a looong period of time. If so, I keep ’em. If not, they’re going back. (Just don’t tell them what I did.) **update** They are going back. 😦 After 4 hours my feet hurt bad, and I still had 4 hours to stand. But that’s okay – I’ll just shop again…..
In the morning, barring any rain showers, I’m going for another run. Temps should be in the upper 50s again at 6am, and I am looking forward to a cool, cushy, run!
And my old running shoes have now become my NEW lawn mowing shoes! I’m officially ready for Spring.