In anticipation of my return to freedom, I bought myself some new treads. The cast is due to come off later this week, if everything looks good in there (won't know until the xray), and I have just about worn out my old New Balance 993's. I learned years ago the importance of wearing good shoes, and I'm lucky to be in a business where I can wear my tennis shoes to work every day (with jeans). My very first pair of New Balance 993's were pricy, about $150, but I'd been having problems with my feet and went to a better shoe store to have my foot measured and get a decent recommendation for a supportive, sturdy, and well-fitting shoe for my foot type. I'm on my third pair of 993's in about 8 years. They last a long time, they give my feet the overall support they need, the treads hold up in all the walking I do, and run in sizes big enough to accommodate my over-sized feet.
Joe's New Balance Outlet, and took a look. I usually get my 993's for about a third of the cost of buying them in the store. And if there's a sale, I do even better, and often get free shipping. But after wearing the same shoes for so long, I kind of wanted a change of pace, so I put in my size in the shoe finder, sorted by price (low to high) and saw what was available. I think I've found a new love.
These are fashionable, with a slight wedge heel, and leather and mesh. They have big cleats on the bottom compared to my 993's, and are a more all-around outdoor shoe. The wedge is going to be helpful as I wear the cam boot for the next few weeks, as it is a higher shoe than my current 993's.
And, they are pink! I like pink.
The importance of good shoes that fit your foot properly cannot be emphasized enough. My husband right now is suffering from a bout of Morton's Neuroma, a very painful foot condition thought to be caused by wearing cheap shoes. My husband is the king of cheap shoes...if it can't be bought at Walmart he isn't wearing it. He is now paying for that. When you're young, you can get away with cheap shoes. But in your 50's? You'd better be buying the good ones.
I'm looking forward to breaking these girls in. Even if it is just one shoe at a time!