Monday, September 08, 2008

ITS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN.

Someone else posted on a similar subject of being somewhat lighter in the wallet from buying shoes recently. However, hers referred to running shoes, not work shoes.

With the cooler weather bearing down on us a little too fast, it was time to put away the toeless shoes and sandals from the summer and begin that exhausting chore of finding work shoes for fall. I would be perfectly happy wearing shorts/jeans and sandals all year long if I could get away with it. But walking through the snow and cold isn't that much fun when your toes and legs are freezing off. Even in the office, it sometimes gets so cold my feet are freezing, and I had resorted some days to wearing pantyhose just to keep my toes warm in my sandals.

But office protocal requires regular "shoes" as well as proper dress, so yesterday was spent trying to hunt down the perfect pair. The perfect pair isn't necessarily anything in fashion at any given time, but it does require some work on my part to not end up with something orthopedic looking while at the same time being comfortable enough for my finicky feet. My feet have gotten better the last couple of years, just from finally getting my running stride corrected and finding a decent pair of insoles.

And how often does this happen, when you actually are forced to go shopping for "regular" clothes, all you want to look at is workout stuff?? In reality, there isn't anything I need for running, biking, or swimming right now, no matter the weather, other than new shoes soon. But of course, after spending over $100 on required clothing and shoes, the running shoes will have to wait another few weeks. They really should give us a clothing allowance!

9 comments:

chia said...

I second the notion on the clothing allowance. There have been waves of rumors that they are going to enforce a dress code... Hopefully they won't mind me in a suit and retired running trainers ;-).

I've always had good luck with the Born brand for quality support and comfort for bidnezz-casual gear. What did you end up picking up?

Flo said...

I laughed when I read this because for the last 7 years shorts and old running shoes have been my work dress. Starting school and changing careers has required me to go clothes and shoe shopping. The clothes part I don't mind but the shoes!! I just can't seem to find a shoe that as comfortable as my running shoes yet not orthopedic looking.

Kona Shelley said...

Yes..so true...I feel the depression setting in already. I hate doing this every year..sigh.

Running Knitter said...

I like the idea of a clothing allowance. I always have a hard time finding a comfy pair of heels.

Lily on the Road said...

Amen sister, I was just thinking of all that when I headed out the door this morning in my sandals...gah, I hate winter!

cindy said...

I agree! Shopping for "normal" clothes is a chore to me, but shopping for triathlon clothes is fun!!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I was thinking the same thing the other day - time to shop for some real clothes and shoes for work. Sigh.

Alili said...

I could use a clothing allowance. I tend to only pass for 'professional' on the days that I know I have meetings with the higher-ups. That said, I did buy a new pair of running shoes.

Sunshine said...

Retired and wearing running shoes everywhere... but I have a shoe rack of "work/dress" shoes from before: Somehow I didn't "come out even" on shoes.
Good for you.. taking care of your feet!