As a runner, I will *never* be able to pull off shoes like these. Not only would my usually-cranky and on-the-verge-of-arthritic toe joints complain voraciously about such confining straps, but my arches and heels would protest the lack of cushion and the (very minimal) rise. Further, my feet would be *ugly* in such shoes. It’s gotten to the point where even sprucing up my toenails with a little color isn’t enough to make them passable in sandals; I have developed huge crusty callouses on the tips of many of my toes.
I wonder, frequently, what I will do when I have to go to job interviews. I’m thinking some nice, doddy-looking (and plenty expensive) Birks will have to do it. Until then, though, I’m boycotting all other shoes except runners. Nice wide toebox, cushion-y ride, stable heel. I’d rather spend $100 on some Brooks *any* day.
Because really. I couldn’t chase a kid in shoes that didn’t have some sort of strap across the back! They’d outrun me in a heart beat. And for now, I can still run faster than *all* of my kids. For now, anyway.
PS: This post is simply me attempting to feel better about the fact that I cannot wear or collect totally cool dressy shoes. This post stands as the excuse for my owning 6 pairs of running shoes, and my excuse for planning on buying another pair very soon.