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Monday, June 18, 2007

New Shoes!

Because I have munchkin feet that barely register in the adult shoe sizes (I wear a size 5), finding any kind of shoe is a difficult and often frustrating task. Same holds true with running shoes. However, after I started frequenting a running store, I settled into the right shoe for me: the Brooks Adreneline, which is always conveniently in stock (I actually wear a 5.5 for a running shoe -- you know, to give the toesies some room).

As great as it is to have a reliable shoe, as you can see from the line-up above, it can get rather boring wearing the same shoe month after month, mile after mile. So, when I walked into the store today I asked if I could try on some different shoes. The sales girl told me no.

Well, she didn't say "no" exactly, but she said that once you find a shoe that works and your gait hasn't changed, etc, that it's best to stay with the same brand and model. Fine, I thought, I'll get the same ol' shoe, but when I opened up the box, I got a terrific surprise: the shoe was the same, but the look turned out to be different!

I was thrilled that the colors were changed and the design style was slightly altered! It was enough for me to feel as though I was getting a different shoe even though I was getting the same one. Wa. Hoo. And I used a gift certificate I got for my b-day (back in April), so I also felt as though I got an incredible bargain as well! (See how easily I am tricked?)

Now, I know I don't need 3 pairs of old running shoes cluttering up my closet, so I should find a place to donate at least two pairs (I always like to keep one old pair as a "back up" -- I don't know why). But it's kinda hard letting go of old running shoes -- they have a history -- but along with some other, older street shoes, it's time for them to find a new home. "Move over old shoes! Time to make room for the new ones!"

15 comments:

J~Mom said...

Sweet!!! They look great!! You know that freaks me about trying a different kind. Part of me wants to run back in and exchange this pair now. They do feel so different. GULP. Anyway, I am so glad they changed up the style on yours! I am the same way with getting rid of them. I still have all of mine (4 pairs now) and I need to donate the first two pairs. I have heard local high schools are a good place because sometimes the kids on the track teams can't afford any at all.

Congrats on the new sneaks! And no lizard stomping with them!

Neese said...

WEEE!! Those look great! I like the vent system in the front my asics have that.

CollegeGirl said...

Hey girl, I feel your pain!! I have smaller feet than you. I wear size 4-4.5 for running shoes, so I have to buy kids. And it doesn't help that I had foot surgery a while back. Ugh. The only good thing is I can sometimes get the same shoes my friends do for $15-$20 bucks cheaper. But it's almost IMPOSSIBLE to find shoes that don't have freakin Barbie or blinkie lights on them. As for dress shoes, what a complete nightmare. Don't even ask, lol.

Glad to see you got some nice shoes though :)

ws said...

Ok. So now I feel like an amazon. I wear 9's usually in dress shoes, but my current running sneakers are a size 9.5 and I'm thinking about a 10 for the summer because of humidity.

Have fun running in the new kicks. I love those first few runs when they feel super-bouncy.

Marcy said...

Awwhhh Wendy don't feel too bad! I also wear a 9 (well 9 in running sneaks, 8.5 in regular) New shoes are ALWAYS a good thing ;D Sweet!!!

Wes said...

I got a new pair of running shoes. Since I have yet to get "expert" advice, I went with a neutral shoe this time rather than some more Brooks Adrenlines GTS 6s like I have now. I'll let you know if I break my leg or anything :-)

Oh, and its BAAAAD mojo to laugh at somebody's name ;-)

L*I*S*A said...

Saaaawweeeet! Those shoes are sexy!!

miss petite america said...

i wear the same shoes!!! though mine are a 9.5 wide!

toughcookie7 said...

What a coincidence. The same thing happened to me, actually. I wear Adidas Brevards, and I've had the same red and black shoes for three years (size 7...clown feet on my little body). Just yesterday I bought new ones, and they were yellow!

brunettechicagogal said...

Definitely don't change shoes if the ones you wear work for you. That could mean death to your feet. Also, check with your local running store(s) to see if they have a shoe donation program. Lots of them donate used shoes to African countries -- there's something called Shoes for Africa, I think. If all else fails, throw them in the washer so they don't smell anymore (just don't dry them)and take them to a thrift store.

Nicole said...
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Nicole said...

I love new shoes!

Mendy said...

This shows me that I have a freak-size foot, as I wear a 9.5 in Mizunos.

I love new shoes too! I'm about to go ahead and buy a new pair, as I think mine are giving me shin splints, and the insoles aren't working.. Oh well.

Our local tri shop actually takes old running shoes and gives us a (think) 15% discount on new shoes. But, they take the old running shoes and give them to someone that can't afford them, but likes to run.

I keep my latest pair of running shoes for wearing to the gym to do strength training, or elliptical, etc.

Just12Finish said...

I have a long line of Brooks shoes too! I tried to stray off my Brooks Beast one time and it didn't work. Now I get all my shoes at the Running Warehouse (http://www.runningwarehouse.com/). When they have it in stock, the prices are unbelievable.

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