Yesterday afternoon I noticed my Wally World shoes were coming apart and the heels were wearing through. What's the point of bargain shoes if you have to replace them every couple of months? So I started thinking, and window shopping online, and after work went to the New Balance shop in Woodhill. I needed something comfy I could still wear to work, and since I'm walking back & forth to the bus every day I went in looking for all-black athletic/walking shoes. Alas, the 9 1/2 wide was too tight and the 10 1/2 was too long, so I ended up with these all-white shoes instead. They're gonna take a little getting used to, but the stabilizers & extra support help straighten out my natural tendencies so I walk straighter and more comfortably. I felt bouncier, and there's less strain on my back and ankles.
The part I have trouble wrapping my head around is the price - just over $90 with sales tax. I don't think I've ever spent that much on something to wear besides glasses, and those are always good for at least a few years. I just hope these shoes hold up that long!