I'm not a shopper. I don't like it. I think that's probably unAmerican or unwomanly or unsomething but I just don't like it. Because I don't like it I tend to buy in bulk...if I find a blouse I like I buy it in every color and don't have to buy another blouse for a long time. :) Twice a year I shop for shoes. Or maybe once...depends on how decrepit my favorite shoes get. Today was shoe day.
I desperately needed tennis shoes for walking. The last two times I bought walking shoes I got New Balance at the wonderful shoe store where they measure your feet and watch you walk and recommend this insert or that whatever. Both times the shoes felt wonderful in the store, but once I got home and actually walked on them for a while they hurt my feet. In their defense I have had some weird thing that I can't spell that causes the bottoms of my feet to hurt, especially the heels. For a year I only wore Birkenstocks which "cured" the problem. But I'm very careful about what shoes I wear now. One criteria is that they must have a great arch support. I have extremely high arches which seem to be falling..thus the unspellable problem. Today I decided to try the new Sketchers that I keep seeing advertised on television. They sort of "rock" when you walk. The motion is similar to walking in sand and is supposed to tone your legs while you walk. I was at the mall (hate that place) at 10:00 this morning and I wore the Sketchers out. I wore them until 8:00 tonight - I ran errands, watched my grandchildren perform in a school program, visited a friend. They were wonderful. All day long. I can hardly wait to put them back on!
Now lest you think I bought these in bulk...I only bought the one pair. Of those shoes. I also needed some comfortable every day shoes to wear with capris and slacks. At the mission where we will be working this summer open toed shoes are not allowed. That means no sandals!!! What's a girl to do? Three pair. Not counting the Sketchers. That should do for the summer don't you think?