I found a new pair, tried it on, gave it a test run up and down the store's "track", brought it up to the counter and the salesman proceeded to tell me that I've purchased 8 pairs of shoes from them. The current pair being my 9th. "Um, OK...", I deftly replied.
"With the 10th pair, we take the average cost of the 9 pairs you've bought and apply that average as a discount toward your 10th pair.", he said, anticipating my math skills to be above average.
"So, um, they're gonna be close to free?", I replied.
"Yeah (idiot).", he said.
I'm pretty sure the "idiot" part was implied. His eye-rolling was not.*
So that got me to thinking about the pairs of shoes I have had. Since I've only purchased running shoes from this store, I took a jog (get it? I'm on fire!) down memory lane. Technically, my first pair were a pair of Asics 2090's. I got them from a National Sporting Goods Store when I was going to get into lifting weighHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yeah, I still can't say it without laughing.
I should have asked for some sort of printout of my shoe-whore history. Now, that wouldn't make a very good/half-assed blog post, would it? Here's the list from my stellar memory:
- Asics 2100 - meh. They're great mowing shoes.
- Asics 2110 - see #1
- Brooks Trance 7s - horrible shoe
- Mizuno Wave Rider 9 - no cushioning
- Pearl Izumi SynchroFloat - good shoe. Lasted longer than most.
- Asics Landreths - Godawful shoe. Ironically, the shoe I used for the marathon. Now, rather than give it a ceremonial toss in the dumpster, I feel obligated to keep them around. Even as a pair for just knockin' around, they suck. I don't care if this Landreth guy was a friend of Amy's or not. (listen to the podcast and you'll understand)
- New Balance - no thanks.
- Mizuno Wave Rider 12 - Great shoe
- Mizuno Wave Rider 12 - (see #8)
Oh, RazZDoodle, you're incorrigible! (cue wa wa wa horn sound)
*To be clear, the guy at my Local Running Store could not have been any more patient and knowledgeable. That's why I go back. I'm just an idiot. I get the eye roll a LOT.