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i mean really hate it. as in: "i'd rather have my wisdom teeth removed again."

so today i went shoe shopping at sears. i had two requirements (other than the damn things fit right) that the shoes be black (or a dark color) & they be at least somewhat water resistant. now the reason i hate shoe shopping is i have odd feet. size 9 (women's), wide width, & a high top of the foot (instep?). so, if & when i find shoes that i like the looks of, the chances of them actually fitting are rather low. (i sometimes have luck with men's size 7 shoes & boots, but not everyone carries ones that small, but in that case i go with a 7 1/2.) and now on any shoes that are remotely expensive, they have this big anti-theft thing clamped on one shoe which makes it harder to try on. that's because of these frelling people who walk in, leave their old shoes in a box & walk out with new shoes. there's a special hell for these people. (this special hell is wearing shoes that are too small & always having wet, cold socks)

the first ones i tried were from reebok (random info: i haven't worn reebok shoes since those hi-tops most girls wore in the 1980s) the width was mostly OK, but the top part was a little snugger than i would like (i don't believe in the "it will stretch" theory) & it would get a lot snugger when i'd wear thicker socks. so the i tried ones from new balance. the width was good, but the top was a hair snug. so i went to a 9 1/2 & that was a better fit. they were on sell, which is nice & i got another $5 or so off from the rewards card.
anyway, i usually have buyer's remorse about most things i buy (did i pay too much? do i really need this thing?) especially about shoes, because they a very small window of time that you can walk around in them (preferably in your house) before it's too late to return them.

Date: May. 15th, 2014 12:26 pm (UTC)
bluemeridian: Chloe from Smallville, with coffee and a sideways look. (Default)
From: [personal profile] bluemeridian
a very small window of time that you can walk around in them (preferably in your house) before it's too late to return them.

And so often, you don't realize they pinch a certain way until you've already been in them for an hour! Or your feet swell or get tired and suddenly the shoes that started out perfectly fine are now miserable. Ugh.

Date: May. 17th, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hsapiens
That's eerie. You described my (shorter) feet to perfection: wide, high top of the foot over the arch (that's the navicular bone and wow does it hurt when shoes compress it). I'm totally on the other end of the spectrum, though, as I love love love shoes. Unlike clothes, which carry personal judgments when they don't fit, shoes are either long enough and wide enough -- or they aren't. That bedtime snack did not make my feet longer. I will eagerly trawl the shoe departments. I'm currently on the hunt for work-appropriate NAVY shoes. Navy is ridiculously hard to find.

I'm not quite on Imelda-levels but that's only because I'm out of places to squirrel away shoes.

That said, because it's so hard to fit my feet I tend to buy the same shoe in multiple colors when I find a maker/style that works for me. It might be sartorially boring but who cares?

I hope that your new shoes make you happy and deliver many years of use. May they fail to rub your heel or ankle and may they gently mold to your feet over time to become exactly what you need.
Edited Date: May. 17th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)

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