It all started with a pair of shoes…
It was a classically stormy SUMMER day on a drive to Seattle, when I stopped to buy a SPECIFIC pair of Sketchers. Now I did buy those shoes but then started to say… It would also be nice to have a good pair of dress shoes… Anyone else have that experience where ONE simple shopping trip turns into a mega purchase instead of JUST THAT ONE Item? But alas this post is not about my shopaholic tendencies. After the Dress shoes were acquired, that little inner voice says, “If you are gonna be doing ALL that NEW walking you are going to NEED actually runner type shoes.. the ones you have hurt your feet.” Insert DEEEP sigh here. The inner voice for once was right, I DID want to do more walking and ALL 4 pairs of my current tennis shoes were not cutting it.
As I began to walk the shelves of running shoes, I INSTANTLY became overwhelmed in NEW uncharted territory. So many choices, so many options, and the PRICE tags drove my blood pressure to new heights IMPRESSING upon me I COULDN’T afford a pair of $100 shoes that were going to sit in my closet. I began to think, I CAN’T make this decision today; I need input from some EXPERTS, I have to AT least Facebook it or message a few friends I KNOW are runners for advice. THEN I SAW THEM… The brightest PINK Shoes you have EVER seen, as the comic relief part of my brain took over and shouted, “NOW THERE’s some shoes you would NEVER Buy…” Having a moment of levity I actually chuckled out loud.
For those of you playing from outside the realm of KNOWING me… You have to understand I HATE pink. I don’t care that it is the champion color for a great cause that I should support with every fiber of my being. I don’t care that it has been the champion anthem colorant of my gender, I have had a total rebellion against ANYTHING girlie for as far back as I can possibly remember. At women’s luncheons where the theme is wear ONE item of pink, I come dressed in ALL black as a statement. I JUST DO. So to even CONSIDER an item of clothing or footwear of the PINK variety is very contrary to one of my life’s missions.
“…You have been doing A LOT of things you would have never done before these days…” Says an ENTIRELY different voice. One with way more wisdom and authority. So my only response is to think YES… YES I HAVE. And with that I grab the BRIGHT PINK shoes off the shelf to try them on. AND If that wasn’t ENOUGH I see a picture of Jillian Michaels on the side of the box, OH GREAT just ANOTHER reason I would NEVER buy these shoes. I HATE feeding the Marketing machine, and she stresses me out just WATCHING her on TV let alone imagining her as my trainer. I would fall apart in an instant; I don’t do well with being yelled at. But at this point I am determined.
And as I am taking them to the bench to try them on I see they are K-Swiss brand. This is their ONE saving grace… I LOVE K-Swiss shoes, 3 of the 4 pairs of worn out shoes I have are K-Swiss. So I have mentally bought the shoes before they have EVEN hit my feet; at which point I am REALLY hoping they will even fit and feel good.
AS EXPECTED, they are like a dream on my feet. Soft, squishy, plenty of room and I actually FEEL sporty wearing them. As a last-ditch moment of anxiety I pray, “Please Lord don’t let this be a mistake.” There I go THREE boxes of shoes in hand to the register, they are MY shoes NOW.