Sunday, February 26, 2006
We Like Big Feet and We Do NOT LIE!
About a month ago I started on a quest for a good walking shoe. I had these 2 year old "Faded Glory" slip- ons from Wal-Mart ($10) . Believe me their glory has faded. However shabby they are they are comfortable for me to walk in. I know they have no support, look funky and smell funky, but they are comfortable. So I tried on a few different shoes; bought some, returned all because after I wore them around the house they weren't comfortable. Then I bought a cheap pair of Wal-Mart $7.99 skips . You know the ones with the Velcro straps for the man on the go. I bought the same size as my previous water soaked dry rotted pair from my sailing days: 7.5 EE. Well they didn't fit and for some reason Carol refuses to return them to Wal-Mart 6 months later without a receipt. Anyway, I dragged Carol with me to Rack Room Shoes in our new shopping center. After an hour she got pretty tired of bringing shoes over to me like some kind of Hebrew slave and we left. I went back yesterday by myself and found a foot measurer and according to it I'm an 8 1/2 to 9 EEE. Now how did I go from a 71/2 EE to a 9 EEE? I was in the state of denial so I got a pair of New Balance 8 EEEE's took them home, wore them around the house and exchanged them for a pair of 8 1/2 EEEE's today. These feel great. Now if this progression continues and I live 20 more years I'll be wearing 13 EEEEEE. I assumed this was an Asian plot to save on raw materials. But the shoe measurer doesn't lie.