26 April 2006

The Shoe Snob

I'll admit it, I am a shoe snob. I can't wear cheap shoes anymore. They make my feet hurt. So I go someplace like REI and buy shoes that cost $85 instead of $8 like they would at Payless. Not too long ago, I made the trek to REI and bought these shoes. Since I am a snob, and I like comfort, I also fork over an extra $20 and buy Spenco insoles (because I don't think that Superfeet are as good). Just because I like comfort, though, and that almost always comes at a price, don't assume I won't snag a bargain when I find one. Last week I was shopping for sandals for my Frugalgirl1 and I happened across a pair of New Balance slides, marked down to $22 from $50. Besides being a titch too narrow, they fit, so I bought them to replace my old Merrell Primo Breeze slides that had worn holes through them. I wore them for a few days, but yesterday decided to wear the new Merrells instead. When I put them on, they fit looser than I remembered, and felt higher on my heel than usual. I even commented on the difference to Frugaldad. I figured that wearing the new slides just made the sneakers feel different. At the end of the day, my feet were SO tired! My legs and back just ached! I switched to the slides for the rest of the day, and when I took off the Merrells, there were no insoles in them. I had taken them out, and put them into last year's shoes to work in the yard on Saturday. So I went the whole day in shoes with no insoles. Duh. Like I said, how can I be expected to remember anything with my massive sleep deprivation?

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