So if you’re a regular reader, you know the fur-girls and I log some serious miles every week. Somebody give me a “bless her heart” because I’ve been getting up before sunrise to walk those spoiled brats before the temperatures climb to their outrageous highs. (Hello weather world? It’s just the beginning of July. Please take August back and return it later… or call it done and head straight for early fall after a PLEASANT July. Thanks.)
Some of you are also familiar with my analysis paralysis. With the exception of Lilly P and shoes, I rarely buy ANYTHING without over-thinking it and spending days “chewing on it”. However… there’s an exception to the shoe exemption… my walking shoes.
I’ve never been able to trust a shoe store to fit me; it just goes against my personality. I’m also the one woman in America who prefers to guess at my bra size because I feel I have better luck that some stranger with a limp tape measure… but that’s another story that we’ll probably never get around to…
See… I’m a walker. I’ll run once in a while when Sissy gives me this look that basically says, “Race ya’!”, and we rarely run more than a mile, because it’s not good for my back, knee or other pre-existing conditions. However, I’ve yet to find a walking shoe, even the one the New Balance fit expert sold me, that works.
I walk fast. I’m not a true heel-striker, and despite my host of old sports injuries, I have a neutral enough gait, a slightly high instep (but not arch). I have shin splints and need cushioning but a lighter shoe. I also cover asphalt, gravel, concrete, very rough mountain trails and wet river-side trails.
Any suggestions? I have a coupon for the only local running store, but they’re in the UVA district and I avoid that part of town completely, even during the summer. Plus, were you paying attention? I’ve run since I was a teenager, and I have trust issues, but I’m also tired of blisters and shoes that simply don’t suit.
Where do you shop for your fitness shoes? Do you let the sales rep guide your selection or do you do your own research first? Or, like the Knight, do you just browse, letting your eyes and the store’s inventory make the choice for you?