5 Easy Steps to a New Pair of Shoes

August 25, 2007 · 4 comments

New Shoes

Another week has gone by without me doing cardio but I have moved a step closer by having bought a new pair of shoes.

I have always had a hard time getting shoes that fit properly because my feet are wider than average. I could never buy Adidas when I was a kid because they always seemed to run narrow. Because the selection of wide shoes in the stores are so limited I typically go with brands that are a little wider to begin with (Merrill for instance seems to be so) and sometimes I can even find wide sizes as well.

I bought a pair of running shoes last year but after using them just once on a walk around the lake I realized they were way too tight on the sides and they were very uncomfortable. Uncomfortable shoes + my natural tendency not to exercise = still no cardio.

So I undertook this week to resolve the problem by following these 5 easy steps:

First, I did a proper measurement of my feet using the steps in the Find Your Shoe Size About.com guide.

Second, I took those measurements and plugged them into the Shoe Size Calculator to determine my proper shoe size (10 EE).

Third, I determined my foot type by following the steps in the Running Shoe Fit Guide on Zappos.com

Fourth, I performed a search for my arch type and shoe size on Zappos.com. Find your arch type on the Running Shoe Fit Guide page and drill into the appropriate link to search for the shoes you need.

Fifth, put my trust in Zappos.com and ordered a pair of shoes on the Internet.

Thank you for shopping at Zappos.com. The following products have shipped:
New Balance MR720 White/Silver/Green 10 EE – Wide

When I got home last night the box was waiting for me. I tried them on and they seem to fit perfectly; don’t feel like I am squeezing into them at all. The true test will be putting them through some cardio of course, which I plan to start on Monday.

Check out Steve’s experience in buying shoes.

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Angela August 25, 2007 at 11:14 am

Hey–good for you! I love buying new sneakers. I begin to feel that I owe them a workout or something…because they are so spiffy.

john August 26, 2007 at 8:54 pm

I test drove the shoes today by walking in a parade that was about 3 miles long and wow did having the proper width shoes make a huge difference in how my feet and shins felt afterwards. No pain at all! Really looking forward to start jogging in them.

john August 31, 2007 at 10:19 pm

I liked these shoes so much I just bought another pair – one for the treadmill only and one for outdoors. Next I’m going to be looking at Zappos for non-athletic shoes as well. Minimal experience to date but so far so good.

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