Thursday, August 9, 2012

That Time I Bought $30 Socks.


So remember a few Friday's Letters ago when I posted that I had won a $160 gift certificate for new Asics? Well I was super excited about it as my luck is about as good as Snowman's on a summer day. So last week I went to get said "free shoes." I was greeted by Charity who had bright cherry red lip gloss on, a sweatband that looked more like a turban and a personality that was so spunky she may as well have been half Jack Russell Terrier. She.was.awesome. 

She decided we should "fit my feet" for the perfect running shoe, so fit my feet we did with this intense 5-step process that included measuring my feet multiple times (I know, I know Charity..they're big..love me through it) followed by a barefoot run on a treadmill and watching the run in slow motion. We discovered I was an "over-pronator" with a "very flexible Achilles" and that I was an  "ideal candidate" for custom insoles. (No offense to Charity but I'm fairly certain every person that walks in as "ideal candidate" for custom insoles. 


So Charity began the custom insole process of heating up the insoles and forming them to my feet. It was at this point in the process I felt really bad for Charity...if you are a runner or a dancer, your toes are not going to be your best feature. We're talking calluses, blood blisters, the occasional missing toe nail....it's not a pretty sight. And there poor Charity was touching my bare feet! Gross! 
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 SOO not my toes.....I wish!

So after we decided on a pair of shoes, I realized this was a jewelry party situation. You know what I mean..those parties you go to where you just know that even though you don't need a glass beaded necklace or a giant flower ring, you cannot just pop in, eat the free appetizers and dash. Needed or not..you are buying something! So there I was.in the shoe store.and I couldn't just walk out with free shoes after letting Charity touch my feet and not buy anything from her! 
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Since $80 insoles were not exactly in the budget, I decided on socks. Simple enough. I could get out of the store for about $15 and wouldn't have totally wasted Charity's time. 

So Charity and I traveled to the cash register with new shoes and socks...which she rang up as $30..THIRTY bones ya'll..for socks! But I just went with it (did I mention she had to touch my feet?) Another fun factoid to this story - I HATE socks. Like hate them with the fiery passion of a million suns. The only reason I wear them is so my shoes don't smell like I got them out of the dumpster. Other than that, I avoid them at all costs. 
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But for the record, I have to say.the socks are pretty awesome..for socks. My feet have been totally dry-wicked on my longs runs and hopefully keeping all those toenails in place. 

The End 

18 comments:

PrettyPhysicist said...

haha, oh my gosh. you're so right about the jewelry party - you always feel like you have to buy something! (honestly, that's why I kind of avoid them)

I hate socks too, yet I have a drawer full of them. I have to wear them to work because of my steel toes, but I literally put them on right before my boots go on, and take them off as soon as my boots come off - even in winter!

Heather (GurleeGirrl) said...

First off - you new shoes are beyond awesome. I die.

Two - $30 socks!?!? OMG - that is crack. However, the fact that you actually are wearing them - and like them - you have me desiring $30 moisture-wicking socks!

Katie said...

I'm with you with the jewelry party situation! and are those the shoes you got? If so I love them!!

Jill@babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, Oh My! said...

i have those socks, they have lasted 3 years and still do the job! and toenails are still in place! it was worth the money!

Brooke said...

I have never had my feet fitted for running shoes, but everyone tells me I need to. Put that on the to-do list.

PS. I wish those were my toes too. : )

Ali said...

Ooh! What running store did you go to where they do all that fitting??

Shug in Boots said...

i find this extremely interesting that there's a process for all this fitting. i don't run. never have. highly unlikely i ever will. however, i do enjoy super brisk walking and when i'm sick of my shoes, i buy more. but, i wonder if i would benefit from this fanciness because i've been told i tend to walk on my toes and for some reason my left calf tightens a lot more so and way faster than the right. tmi? anyhoo. and when i saw that pic of those toes, i thought, "shit, if these are her RUNNING feet, what in the hell are wrong with my non-running feet?" :)

Samantha said...

Oh no! I always start sweating in those situations! I don't know what to do!

Lindsay said...

Hahaha...this is too funny! This is totally something I would get myself roped into as well. I'm terrible at telling people no.

Sarah said...

Hahaha you crack me up!! That actually sounds like something I would do...except I'd probably go back and return them another day.

jayme said...

i buy the neon pack of 6 socks for $5. they're pretty sexy.

Katie said...

Sick. that foot pictures is siiiick. But I'll forgive you for posting a picture of something I hate :)

How do you like the asics?

Britt said...

haha omg I love how you compared it to a jewelry or make-up party! the socks so look awesome though

Alyssa said...

Oh my gosh, I think I would've choked haha!

Unknown said...

Just found your blog and I love it! I can totally relate to that purchase lol!!

Courtney said...

That is th worst. It reminds of the time I went into Godiva to get chocolate covered strawberries and bought four and it rang up to like 40 bucks. I died inside but I wasn't going to be the girl that said oh...never mind. I think it's a right of passage in life.

Jessie said...

Lots to swallow for socks but I have to say those are my FAVORITE socks ever!! They keep my feet totally dry & my feet sweat a lot.

Aspiring Kennedy said...

Charity must be one of the genius sales people of her time. And the fact that EVERYONE is an ideal candidate for custom insoles is a brilliant strategy. Hey, it got you to buy $30 socks.