Coffee Confessions: Shoe Addict

“Hi, my name is Teresa, and I am a shoe addict” ….I’ve always heard the first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. I admit it. I have always loved shoes! As a little girl, I would play dress up by wearing my Mother’s high heels. My favorite being a pair of black patent leather pumps with a gross-grain rosette on top….I felt like a movie star in those shoes! I can vividly remember the day I got my very own pair of high heel shoes. I was in junior high school and I begged my mother to buy me a pair of ‘Candies’, the latest fad. Anyone else remember those? Anyone else care to admit that they remember those?? Yes, that was eons ago! I clomped around school all day in my candy apple red, patent leather of course, looking something similar to a newborn giraffe taking its first steps; but I felt like a million bucks! And so it was, from this moment on, I have been addicted to shoes. Throughout high school, college and early career; I bought shoes. While pregnant with my three children, I bought more shoes than ever since my feet were the only part of my body that wasn’t growing! By the time I reached my late 30’s, I had so many pairs of shoes that I couldn’t remember what all I had. Soooo, I set out to organize and clean out the closet. I bought clear plastic shoe boxes for each pair, wrote on the end of box a description of the shoe inside and stacked them all neatly inside my closet. Then I counted them, out of curiosity of course. Over 150 pairs! (and this did not include the bin of flip-flops and casual sandals I had)  I know, it’s insane. But shoes are important …they can make or break an outfit, right??

Funny how the tides of life can move you in a different direction, yet you still end up on the same shore. Fast forward 10 years ….20160902_072520_001

……my shoe addiction has changed somewhat. I no longer work in an environment where I dress up, rather I work in a gym where I wear athletic clothes everyday. I also have difficult, ornery, finicky, flat feet. I hate them really. They are not a runner’s dream….most likely rebelling from all the years of torture I put them though with the high heels! Because of this, I am always trying out different pairs of running shoes. Sixteen pairs, that is my current “collection”, and I do wear them all. The ones that my feet didn’t like to run in, I wear to work. Some are great for walking around all day in and lifting weights but just not ‘running material’. Besides, this way I have a pair to match whatever I wear to work that day …remember, shoes can make or break the outfit?? Seriously though,  while I have settled on Newton’s as the most friendly running shoe for my feet (on my 9th pair), they aren’t perfection.I have had fewer running related injuries while running in Newton’s than any other shoe so it would stand to reason that I would just keep buying them. Yet, I can’t fight my curiosity to try something new …that exciting, yet anxious, feeling when slipping on a new pair for the first time, wondering if these are going to be the ONES, the perfect pair of running shoes that allow my feet to run mile after mile without nagging aches, strains or blisters. And so, this brings me to the point of today’s post ….I’ve been eyeing another pair of running shoes online for about two weeks now. They’re calling my name, telling me that I should give them a try, that my feet are going to love them and they will solve all of my running woes! I’m still debating. Besides, there’s that little issue of the hubs …if he sees another pair of running shoes come into this house, he may have a ‘come to Jesus meeting’ with me, and with good reason.

Speaking of the hubs, I’m quite envious of him in regards to running. He’s one of those runners who decided to start running one day, went to Fleet Feet, was put through a gait test, put in a running shoe and started running. Since then he’s run thousands of miles, countless 5 and 10k’s, 6 half marathons and one full marathon in the same brand and model of shoes they put him in over 10 years ago. He just has good feet. I have to say, however; he is really supportive and understanding of my finicky feet and the need to find the perfect shoe. But let’s face it, a man can only take so much. Therefore, the purchase of yet another pair of running shoes will have to be handled in the most delicate of manners ….involving something lacy and sheer, perhaps! Lol

Until yesterday, I have been thinking that every runner out there was like my husband regarding their running shoes. They have all found the perfect pair, have no problems and never get blisters from a mere 6 miler. Then I stumbled upon this article from Runner’s world, 5 Common Myths About Running Shoes. Like most running articles, it really didn’t tell me anything that I, and most runners, didn’t already know….until I got to #4. Ahh ha!! There it is in black and white, from Runner’s World no less, the ultimate resource for running information, right??

4. Monogamy is a virtue.
When it comes to relationships, monogamy keeps you out of trouble. When it comes to shoes, monogamy can hurt you. Once they’ve experimented with several models, many runners find one shoe they like and state their lifelong loyalty. They then run in the same shoe every day, replace them with the same model and even stockpile them for the coming apocalypse of discontinuation. 
But running in different shoes can make you stronger, faster, and less prone to injury. Studies show correlations between running in a variety of footwear and reduced injuries. Every time you put on a different pair of shoes, your interaction with the ground changes slightly, thus you stride differently. This strengthens new muscles and connective tissues while reducing the repetitive stress on the same body parts.
Bottom line: Play the field with shoes. You can do this at the same time (have a different pair for speedwork than for long runs, for example) and consecutively—try a different pair when you replace your shoes. So many shoes, so little time.
While this makes perfect sense to me and certainly validates my ongoing quest for the perfect shoe; I also know that for some, like my husband, there really can be a perfect shoe. For as many brands, styles and models of running shoes on the market today, there are just as many different runners. Aren’t we the fortunate generation of runners to have so many to choose from….after all, variety is the spice of life!
I’m sure I’ll eventually give in to my curiosity to try this new pair of running shoes I’ve been eyeing and when I do, I’ll be sure to let you know how my feet like them. And if they don’t ..well, I’m sure they will look great with some of my work attire!
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Finding ‘Fabulous” at Fifty….in every different brand, style, model and color of running shoe possible!
I’m linking up with these fabulous ladies..The Healthy Slice, My No Guilt Life, and MCM Mama Runs for their Tuesday’s on the Run link. Stop by and see what they’ve been up to!
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Let’s talk…
Anyone else out there in a never ending search for the perfect running shoe?
Or are you like my hubby in that you’re feet have found ‘the love of their life’?
Did you run in a certain pair for years, then have to change due to an injury?
I’d love to hear what your feet  have to say on this topic? 
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4 thoughts on “Coffee Confessions: Shoe Addict

  1. OMG the Candies! They were my first high heels as well. Mine were fake denim. HA! And I clomped around high school in them until the heels wore down so much they were getting shorter! I love your colorful shoe collection. I was a diehard Mizuno fan and ran 6 marathons and countless half in the same model until they went and changed it. Now I’m in Asics. But I switch between many different models and brands for speed, trails, tempo…you name it. Thanks for linking up!

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  2. Oh gosh. I was a die hard Nikey Structure fan. Forever. Then, I was introduced to Mizuno Wave Inspires….and they were heaven. Then, Mizuno tweaked them, and my feet didn’t like them as much. Currently, I’m a Brooks Adrenaline GTS gal. I would say be cautious buying online if it’s a model you have never tried before. I’m paranoid about injury (as I currently deal with my ongoing piriformis/glute/hammy crap), and I have only ever bought one pair of running shoes without trying them on because they were the same model as a pair I currently was wearing. Also, I worked in a shoe store many years ago…and know for a fact not every shoe (of the same brand or model) is an exact replica. If your feet are finicky, be careful 😉

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    • I used to run in Nike as well, loved them until they discontinued the model. Then moved on to Saucony…same story there. I do love my Newtons, but would like a little more cushioning. What I really would like is a cross between a Newton and a Hoka!!! Mizuno is probably the only brand I haven’t tried yet. May need to make a trip to Fleet Feet soon!!

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