New shoes …

I enjoy walking. A lot.

Since COVID, I walk daily for a few hours, usually up and over the local hill. I’ve written often about this “little mountain”, how it has kept me strong, and my spirits up. It’s my go-to place during these times of physical distancing. I walk alone, but am never lonely. I walk the same routes, finding something new each, and every time. I walk rain or shine, and stop at one of the local cafes for a coffee and muffin. It’s a daily ritual.

I have climbed “little mountain” so often this past year, I have worn out 3 pairs of runners. I can tell because the treads are worn flat, and there is little, or no, cushioning left. I can also tell because my feet, knees, and lower back are sore afterward.

I need new shoes if I was going to continue these daily walks.

The reason I haven’t replaced the shoes sooner is simple. Since COVID, I do not shop in stores, and I have been reluctant to purchase shoes on-line without first trying them on. So, it was a toss up, take a risk and shop in a store, or risk ordering on-line.

I chose the latter.

I have had good experiences purchasing other items on-line, so I gave it a try. First, I traced my foot, measured it’s length and width, referenced the manufacturer’s sizing chart, and then placed an order. I immediately received an order confirmation advising delivery by mail may take longer because of COVID. Right.

The shoes arrived the next day. And, they fit. Perfectly. I now have new shoes with a full tread, extra cushioning, and no foot, knee, or back discomfort after summiting “little mountain”. Twice.

There is a moral to this story. There is no point procrastinating.

On-line shopping is not as risky as I thought. Retailers are getting the hang of it. This is the new normal. I was late to this party, concerned about security issues, and finding the correct fit, not only with shoes, but with all clothing items. Well, I’m over it. I’m a medium, and wear a size 9 shoe. What else is there to know?

I know. I know. You are going to say every item fits differently. Right.

But manufacturers are getting the hang of it. They are providing reliable sizing charts. Charts for shirts, pants, coats, and shoes. And, they display items on-line using a variety of different sized models so you can tell if you like the style, or colour.

I once said I would never shop on-line. I also said I would never need a phone with a camera, or a car powered by batteries. I’m always late to the party, but I always show up.