A few weeks back I had to buy a new pair of sneakers. While running on the treadmill, the sole of one of my approximately 14-year old sneakers came right off. It had been flapping a while near the heel but I didn’t realize it was going to actually come undone while I was running.
The fact that I haven’t bought a pair of sneakers in more than a dozen years somehow provides considerable insight into my personality: I’m not one to throw away something old if it still works.
Still recalling the confusion which I faced during my last sneaker purchase all those years ago, I went to the sporting goods section of the Central Chidlom department store and waded through the hundreds of shoes. Of course none of the employees took the initiative to offer help and even if they had, I’m not sure any of them are particularly knowledgable about shoes.
I figured cross-trainers are a good choice because I use them for biking, walking and, recently, running. Focusing on the models labeled as cross-trainers (without knowing if those labels were accurate!), I eventually selected three models and called over a clerk to bring the right sizes for me to try. I settled on this pair of Adidas shoes that seemed lightweight and breathable, features that are useful here in Thailand.
Except for the fact that I had to buy one size larger than is ideal – I have wide feet, so have to suffer a little too much toe room in order to avoid a squeeze – these shoes have worked out pretty well. They are comfortable and, being dark, I don’t have to worry as much about scuffing them.
I’d better mark my calendar for sometime around – let’s do the math – 2023 or so to buy my next pair.