Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New running shoes from a speciality store are worth every penny

Today was a milestone day in my life.
For the first time in all my years of running, I finally broke down and bought a real pair of running shoes.
I went to Second Sole in Mentor where Doug helped me pick out the perfect pair.
He started by measuring my feet. I don't think I've had my feet measured since I was a little girl trying on shoes at Januzzi's in downtown Lorain with my parents many years ago.
After Doug figured out my size, he checked out my feet to see what type of support I needed.
Then he patiently brought out pair after pair of awesome running shoes.
Since the last pair of shoes I bought were worthless Reebok EasyTone running shoes (on sale at T.J. Maxx for $24.99), I was super impressed with the service I was getting.
Honestly, it was a nice change of pace to try on so many styles.
We narrowed it down to a cool light blue pair of Brooks which fit every category I was looking for - good support, cool design and light weight.
The bargain basement shoes I blogged about a few weeks ago were making my feet numb by the third mile of my runs. At first, I thought I tied the laces too tight. But even when I loosened the laces up, the shoes hurt my feet.
That's what you get when you buy cheap shoes.
Now I don't have any excuses.
I will have to go out and put these new Brooks to the test.
The good news is, I can return the shoes if I'm not satisfied. But I doubt I'll be doing that. The shoes felt like a pair of slippers in the store. I'm sure these babies won't make my feet numb after the third mile.
I can't wait to try them out.

-Theresa Neuhoff Audia

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