The sneakers I bought at Payless Shoesource have been woefully
inadequate for the demands of krav maga. Kicking and punching is hard
when you’re sliding all over the place! I needed a pair of sneakers
with better grip and lateral support. Besides, if I don’t have the
equipment I need to make the most of my exercise time, then I’m
wasting time and money. So – new shoes.
And sport socks, too. We picked those up from Zeller’s, and W made
sure I found comfort-seam socks because they’re more, well,
comfortable. I’m not a sock snob yet; we’ll see.
We went to the Running Room to look at shoes, but they stocked only
running shoes. I got a good sense of what the prices were, though.
Proper athletic shoes could set me back anywhere from a hundred to two
hundred dollars, which is an awful lot of books. But hey, mens sana
in corpore sano, and in this case, good shoes could really make a
difference between enjoying exercise and worrying about slipping and
There was another shoe store a little further on, so W and I went
there. New Balance stocked cross-trainers. I was glad to see that they
had shoes in my size, although the pairs I tried were too high at the
back, had arch support in the wrong place, were too stiff, etc.
Then the store clerk brought out a pair of sneakers with the
disclaimer that they were size 5. I put them on. They looked like they
fit. Actually, theyt looked cartoonishly wide, but they fit. I went,
“Hmm.” We tried that and the another pair of shoes (same size, not so
wide), and the wide sneakers felt more comfortable. Sold!
And just because the world is so absolutely wonderful, this pair of
sneakers was on sale… at more than $100 off. So I got it for $31.75,
Sweet. I can put the rest of the money back into my budget. Yay!
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