Blogging 365, Day 63: I’ve Got Sole

As part of our Weekend Shopping Extravaganza, Ann and I bought many pairs of shoes.

I think, if I recall correctly, the final count was somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 pairs between us and Anthony. Hey, we were outlet shopping and had the money. There was just no escaping it.

While I can’t tell you what they bought, I know I have 3 pairs:

  • Columbia Ravenous Trail Running shoes which really make me want to go and try doing some trail running. Unfortunately, there aren’t many places in the city to do that but I know of a decent trail nearby that I might visit one morning. I bought them because they are extremely comfortable and were cheap: $25.
  • Reebok F SmoothFlex Cushruns because, like the Columbia shoes, they were on sale for $50 (when you bought two specially marked styles). I figured $50 for a pair of $80 shoes I’ve been eyeballing for quite some time was reasonable and since I have a run coming up on Sunday, I thought I’d treat myself to something new. The other pair was for Anthony.
  • Just your ordinary pair of Skechers dress shoes for work. They seem to be made of better materials than the pair of Bass shoes I currently wear for work. I would have been most upset if I had paid the original cost of $125 for those shoes but I only spent $20. They are falling apart after only a few months of light wear.

It seems that running shoes have become my new weakness much in the way that watches used to be. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure it’s worse than that. The good thing is that the shoes need to batteries and it gives me a variety of options when I go running.

The bad? I can’t really think of a downside to this, which is the first sign of an obsession.

Speaking of shoes, you have to check out the ones we saw tonight at Marshalls. I’ll let this picture of Anthony do some of the talking.


What you see here involved no photo trickery. This is a pink Under Armour Micro G Bloodline shoe in a Size 16 or 17, I forget which one but it was a seriously big shoe. What I didn’t know was that the material was reflectorized so when my flash went off, it sort of muted the shoe’s original hideous color which can be seen here:


And just to give you an idea of how big this shoe was…


…it dwarfs Anthony’s head which is pretty big in its own right. This shoe was about as ugly as the ones I saw at Savers back in December which I think were also made by Under Armour.

And while I love Under Armour’s compression gear, their shoe styles leave much to be desired.

Tomorrow I will hit the pavement to try out the new Reeboks. Hopefully they will withstand the torture I will be putting them through.