Mood: cheerful
Posted on 2011-03-31 12:42:00
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We got new shoes on Saturday! My old shoes were almost two years old and literally falling apart. I'm pretty tough on them since I've gotten in the bad habit of not untying them when I put them on and just cramming my foot in it. As a result, chunks of padding had fallen out, etc., etc.

These new New Balance shoes are soooo much more comfortable on my feet. It feels like I'm walking on air!


Comment from mathjoker:

New Balance shoes are great. The New Balance store is the one shoe store I trust to carry shoes that are the right width for me.

And when it comes to putting them on, put me in the "crammer" camp. If I can't afford a new pair every year or so, I need to cut back on other things. There's nothing quite like a new pair of shoes that fits just right.

Comment from gregstoll:

Yeah. I hate shoe shopping too, but we just went in to Academy and I basically loved the first ones I tried on, so it was quick and painless.

Comment from onefishclappin:

I need to put you in shoe boot camp with my boys. Untie before taking off. Don't cram - hold the heel while you put your foot inside. Tie carefully and don't walk on your laces.
Matthew managed to break one of his laces this morning & Alex is contantly getting in trouble for no untying.
As a mother, I give you an eye roll

Comment from gregstoll:

Keeping them tied is good (I have injured myself in the past :-) ). But not cramming them in? Let's do the math:

Let's say, conservatively, that cramming your feet in your shoes saves 20 seconds per shoe putting on. And let's say you put on your shoes once a day (again, probably a little conservative). Over a year that saves you 365 * 20 seconds = a little over two hours. Even if that means you have to buy new shoes every year instead of every 18 months, that means you're saving two hours of time and spending an extra $17 a year. (pro-rated) Isn't your time worth more than $8/hour?

Comment from gregstoll:

I should say: for kids, their time isn't worth $8/hour, so I totally support your no-cramming rule. But my time is :-)

Comment from destroyerj:

I timed myself just now at about 4 seconds for a shoe. I find your 20 seconds per shoe way off. I demand new math!

Comment from gregstoll:

4 seconds to untie, put foot in, and tie a shoe? I demand proof!

Comment from destroyerj:

Who said anything about untying? My shoe is untied from when I took it off. And putting the foot in is a shared task, so it doesn't count as added time. For what it's worth, untying my shoe enough to be ready to take the shoe off took me about 1.5 seconds.

Comment from gregstoll:

Agree with the foot, but I don't have to untie my shoe, so you have to include that time.

That still sounds pretty fast. My demand for proof stands!

Comment from onefishclappin:

Then there is the argument of enjoyment. You treat the shoe nicely (tie/untie), and it's more comfortable for longer & looks better. How much value do you place on your appearance?
You can cram your foot into your shoes, save maybe 5 seconds (I agree with Jonathan) during each shoe insertation, and end up wearing broken down shoes which look bad for longer. Oh and you don't really save much time w/the untying/retying since they loosen and you have to readjust the ties occasionally.

Comment from gregstoll:

Yeah, I suppose that's true as well. (Jonathan and I had a back and forth about the timing: I meant 20 seconds total, not per shoe, and that includes untying :-) )

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