Walking Shoes

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Here we are, approaching the last week of March! I can’t tell you just how excited I am! Attila says there is little sign of spring at the country house, but I KNOW it is coming soon! Here at the little house in the city the snow is melting fast. Every day I look out and admire a few new tufts of brown grass, a puddle by a snowbank, and the mini-flood on the south side of our driveway. The mini-flood is there because, when the town repaved the road they graded it so that all the water that runs down the street runs into our driveway, and settles there. Every day the puddle fills with melt water, and every evening after the sun goes down it shrinks away, as the water soaks into the bordering grasses.

It is nippy and windy out of doors. I bundled right up to go for my walk this morning. The sun was shining bright, so that although my face was cold due to the wind, I felt invigorated by the the time I got back to the house. I don’t go far, but I always congratulate myself on the fact that I do go at all!

I have needed new running shoes for a very long time. My last pair, purchased when Terra was a teenager and was still living at home, wore out last summer. The soles literally fell off of the shoes. I tried to glue the soles back on, with no success. I decided that the new pair must be good for walking, since I won’t be running.

I noticed there was a sale at Sportchek, a sports store in a nearby city, so off I went to check out the merchandise.

I came away with two wonderful pairs of shoes, because if I bought one, the other was 50% off. The expensive pair are asics “Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4’s”, and are by far the most comfortable pair of walking shoes I have ever owned. The price tag attested to that.

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The young man who assisted me in trying on shoes was dismayed when I said, “These shoes may outlive me!” Silly young man, he assumed I was being pessimistic, when quite the opposite was true. He didn’t have a curious enough of mind to ask me what I meant, so I let the moment pass. The last pair of running shoes I purchased were cheaply made, and they lasted over thirteen years. The asics are very well made, so I anticipate having them for twenty years. At my age, anticipating a shot at another twenty years is optimism, in my opinion.

The second pair were “skechers GOwalk2’s”, a slip on sneaker. When I tried on the shoe it felt as if my foot was being gently and lovingly massaged. It was hard to believe, it felt so good. I put the second one on and it felt just as good. I decided I had to have them! The funny thing was that I thought I might like a different colour than the pair I tried on. The young fellow brought the other coloured shoes out, and they would not go onto my foot. It was like Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters trying on her glass slipper, that shoe was not going on my foot. It was a shoe that was supposed to differ only in colour, it was the same style, the same size. I liked the pair that fit, so I bought them, deciding that my preferred colour was way below my comfort on my list of priorities.

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I have been wearing the skechers as slippers around the house, and they are warm and comfy. They make standing to work in the kitchen a lot easier. I have been wearing the asics out for my daily walks, and they are more than I could have hoped for in the way of comfort and support. My knee has not suffered from the walks at all. When I was wearing my old shoes to go out for a walk, my knee was a bit sore by the time I arrived home after my walk. Not so with the asics walking shoes.

I was on a roll of self-indulgence that day. Before I left in Tank to drive to the city, I did a bit of a web search hoping to find a reasonable place to get a haircut. I had cut my own bangs that morning, and I rather botched the job, badly. There was a place that emphasized family hair cuts, and their employees were long-term, so they must be happy! I telephoned ahead to make an appointment, and get directions.

The hairdresser asked when I had last had my hair cut. August 2014! I think that inspired her to cut my hair very, very short. It is between two or three inches long on the top, and everywhere else it is much much shorter. I feel few hair breadths away from the brush cut! It seems quite short to me, but I think this cut will age gracefully. She says she will cut my bangs for free, just to call her. If this works out, I may have found my hairdresser! I have my fingers crossed. The cut was $45, which included the tip, which won’t be too horrid if I only need to go twice a year for a cut.

So that was my day of extravagance, running shoes and a hair cut. “Last of the big time spenders”, as they used to say euphemistically when I was a kid.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

Little House In The City
-6°C
Date: 5:16 PM EDT Sunday 22 March 2015
Condition: Light Snowshower
Pressure: 102.1 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: -6.2°C
Dewpoint: -16.9°C
Humidity: 43%
Wind: W 29 gust 40 km/h
Wind Chill: -14

Country House
-8°C
Date: 5:00 PM EDT Sunday 22 March 2015
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 102.2 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -8.0°C
Dewpoint: -16.0°C
Humidity: 53%
Wind: WNW 24 gust 39 km/h
Wind Chill: -16

Quote

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”
Aldous Huxley
1894 – 1963

[This could be good-bad-good-bad-good-bad…. we are what we are.]

18 Comments

  1. WendyNC

    Maggie, what a glorious day! To find two pair of shoes that fit so well and do the jobs you need them to do and then a good haircut on top of that is my idea of success.

  2. NORA

    I like your new look!

    I would also congratulate myself for getting out everyday. I am way behind in getting out. There’s no excuse for not at least sitting on the patio but some days I just don’t feel like it. Bad excuse. Kudos to you!

    I need walking shoes too and you have given me the push I need to get them. I hope I can find a good deal like you did. They both sound so comfy. I have big feet so like only black walkers….sometimes they are difficult to find. Shoes have become so strange looking and the colors, I, yi, yi….even if I had small feet I would not feel comfy in some of the colors.

    I botched my bangs too-again. I have to get used to the fact I have lost too much hair from these tests and have to be particularly careful when I snip.

    $45 for a haircut is up there but like you say twice a year is worth it to find a good stylist. When we lived in NY I had a good stylist that only charged $12! She was always booked.

  3. TopsyTurvy (Teri)

    Sounds like you hit the jackpot with your new shoes!

    I got my new shoes just last year. I’d tried some cheap ones but they were way too heavy for me as well as not being wide enough, so I would never wear them. After buying SD some DC sneakers a few years in a row I finally noticed they had the wide soles and rounded toes that I needed, so last year we finally bought some for me. Getting around is now a pleasure, just as you found. 🙂

    So glad to hear that your new shoes make walking so much more comfortable for you, especially for your knee! There’s no doubt the shoes make all the difference!

  4. TopsyTurvy (Teri)

    LOL! This is one of those times after you hit the Post button that you realize your comments are in a random order and could have been done better. Wish there was an Edit button.

  5. Nora, glad you like the new look here!

    Shoes that fit are so important, and hard to to find. I would not have dreamed of shopping at a large “sports” store for shoes! But, after Terra and Lares drove me to my appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon, they stopped by the Sportchek store to pick up some things. That is when I saw the array of shoes available. Then, when I did a search online for comfortable walking shoes for seniors, the ones I bought came up time and time again. I decided to look for them at the Sportchek store. There were literally hundreds of shoes to choose from! Sportchek is a Canadian chain though, I wonder if there is a similar chain in the USA. I saw black running shoes on display, so I know they exist.

    Wow, $12 for a good haircut! I think here in Canada people want too much, for a haircut, and out of life. The woman who cut my hair had just come back from a vacation in the south, and was talking about the stone kitchen sink she was going to put in her completely renovated kitchen. They need to charge the moon for a haircut to maintain that luxurious lifestyle that so many people think they have to have to be happy. the rest of us are stuck with the results of such ridiculous expectations.

  6. Teri, good shoes make such a difference! I hadn’t heard of DC Sneakers, they do look comfortable. There are lots of black ones too, which is what Nora is looking for. The internet is such a great device for finding what you need!

    I like a “ramblin'” comment just fine. 🙂

  7. So, how come everyone “likes the new look” but I don’t see any pictures? Am I missing something?

    I have had an ongoing war with shoes all my life. Having to wear high heels with pointy toes as a young woman did me in. Bunions developed (also toe dancing as a child!) so I had one fixed but not the other one! Most shoes hurt or give my feet claustrophobia. I like slip-on heel-less shoes that are half-on and half-off all the time. They are not pretty either.

  8. Bex, I think they are referring to the look of the actual web site, which isn’t all that different really. The only graphics the old web site had were on the header, which now has just a thin line of graphic for colour.

    I am adding pictures of my shoes to the entry above.

    My Granny had bunions and she had a terrible time finding comfortable shoes. The sports shoes are usually much wider, I could not bear to have my toes harnessed in!

    I hope you find something comfortable Bex!

  9. TopsyTurvy (Teri)

    I have bunions on both feet, thanks to wide feet and genetics from my grandfather. 😉 The DCs work wonderfully for that, since they’re so nice and wide.

  10. NORA

    Maggie,

    We do have some chains here but I have not found anything I liked in the past. Hubby had been trying to get me to get new walkers for a few years now. They have always seemed so pricey though. But ironically hubby left me an add this morning from a chain that is doing the same sale yours is. So we shall see what is left after bills.

    The hair stylist was first rate. She could have charged so much more but she loved her cliental.

    Your shoes look very comfy!

  11. Nora, I hope you find the perfect pair of walkers, at a price you can afford! I paid far more than I wanted to, but I know I will be wearing these shoes for years and years, and the price per year will not be any higher than the cheaper, less comfortable shoes. I feel lucky that I could splurge on these shoes. I feel though that if my knee gets worse it will cost a lot more than a pair of shoes to make things right.

    I will look into comment editing features. I tried it once before and it didn’t work well, perhaps the the technology has change!

  12. Thanks for the shoe report! I need new walking shoes too and in the one local store that sells shoes of any quality they are high-priced and, since that’s fair if they are good shoes, I just need to know whether the shoes are good enough to match the price. You seem able to say the soles of the two brands you purchased (one of which I have seen here) give proper support; when you can tell me whether the uppers breathe in warmer weather, please let me know, as that’s one thing I want to avoid: sweating hot feet are most uncomfortable. Or — when the upper is made with a netting, the wind (and there is always wind here) blows through and is cold on cool days! I need a different pair of shoes for every day and every kind of weather! Hee! But I can’t afford that.

    I don’t mind paying my hairdresser whatever she asks (it seems to vary from $20 to $30). Not everyone can do a competent job on my kind of hair (straight, thick, stubborn, and “Every snip stands out”) and I only want it cut, not fancied up with blowdryers and product and perms and colours so that I don’t recognize or like the look of myself when I leave the salon) and when I find one who can do what suits me, I feel lucky. My hairdresser has her equipment and product and overhead costs to take out of what she charges me; she is on her feet to work, and that’s not easy; she’s skilled; she’s well worth what she charges and no doubt worth more. In any city, rather than the rural town I live near, the same treatment would cost at LEAST two or even three times what my local hairdresser charges. Now THAT would hurt. So I don’t envy those who live in more urban places, where high salon prices seem to be the norm.

  13. Kate, first let me say that the skechers are not what I would consider good walking shoes! I wear them in the house, would wear them to drive, or visit, but they don’t offer enough support for prolonged walking.

    The asics, on the other hand, are the walking shoes of my dreams. The uppers have a mesh inset on the top section, the sides of the foot are leather. The shoes do breath. I can see the colour of my socks through the mesh, but not distinctly. I have worn them walking when the temperature was below zero, and they were just fine. I won’t be wearing them on days where the temperature drops below -10C though, I think they would be too breezy for that. I guess you can’t have it both ways, cool in the summer means cool in the winter, lol!

    Currently I am looking at winter walking shoes or boots, GoreTex the company offers quite a variety of waterproof shoes and boots, but I would need to try them on first, to see if they fit the job. Maybe gel souls in my current walking boots would work well… the search is on though!

    Your hairdresser sounds wonderful!! The high prices in urban areas does hurt, a lot. If I win the lottery I am gonna get a haircut whenever I want to!!! Still, to be able to go twice a year is a luxury in my world. If my new hairdresser works out, I may ask for a gift certificate for a haircut for Christmas, or my birthday. I love practical gifts, so this could work out very well.

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