Post # 1
Shoe shopping, specifically. A few weeks ago, my only pair of athletic sneakers died (I was putting them on and the tongue just RIPPED CLEAN OUT of one of them). I’ve been busy with work and school starting, so I just didn’t worry about not being able to work out – plus I still had a pair of Converse to wear as “comfy/casual” shoes.
Last night, my Cons got a hole in them.
I love shopping. I love shoes, too. But it has been a long time since I’ve had to go shopping for athletic sneakers. I tried a few months ago when I knew my sneakers were on their last legs, but didn’t find anything. I have short, wide feet (a 6 or 6 1/2 Wide or Extra Wide), so finding them that fit right is really difficult. In addition, I have stupid high arches… but I can add a pair of arch supports if I find something that fits my needs for everything except that.
Does anyone have any idea about where I should start? I need some motivation to get off this couch and get new sneakers, so I can get off my couch and on the ellliptical again!
Post # 3
Go to a store that specializes in athletic footwear, not just a mall store that sells shoes -not even a sports store in a mall. You want to be dealing with salespeople who are knowledgeble about their product. Here in Vancouver it’s the Running Room.
The shoes will not necessarly cost more than those purchased elsewhere and you will be properly fitted.
Post # 4
Have you considered jsut re-buying what you know works for your feet? Or were the shoes not well made?
I agree that if you have “picky” feet and want to change brands, by all means go to a specialty store. I have pretty picky feet and stick with the same brand.
If you don’t want to go right to the store, I do sometimes online shop at say zappos.com since they offer free shipping both ways (and fast!). I really like their reviews – it really helps me consider.
Post # 5
@vestirse: Unfortunately, they don’t make the same style I had previously.
Post # 6
@julies1949: I had a really horrifying experience at one of the specialized athletic footwear stores last year, so it’s made me wary of going to another one. Essentially, they have this foot-pressure-mapping thing that atomatically measures your feet and tells you where your problem areas are. First, I was told I was actually a size 8, and when I asked about something with more arch support, I was looked at like I had grown a second head. (Also, despite telling me I was a size 8, he still never brought me a shoe that was sized above a 7… so confusing.) That’s not really relevant, but it’s why I’ve been hesitant to go back.
I think there’s something called “Runner’s Roost” in Colorado? I’ll have to do more research, but thank you for the suggestion!
Post # 7
I know this is REALLY late, but have you tried a new balance outlet? I have somewhat small (size 6 1/2 – 7) and have bunyons so my feet are really wide.. I have never ever had a problem with new balance sneakers! (I also have high arches!)