About a year ago, I discovered a new passion: running. How many other activities would allow me to lose inches while getting fresh air and catching up on my “reading” with my MP3 player full of audio books? But running also had some serious cons… the biggest of which were BLISTERS.
It’s amazing how miserable those running blisters can make you. Sadly, I had taken the time to fill my iPod with the latest John Grisham novel, but I hadn’t properly cared for the most important part: my feet! Then I came across the Thorlo Thick Cushion Running Socks, and let me tell you, I had met my sole mate. They are the perfect running socks, with a comfort-cushioned footbed that reduces shock and chafing, while preventing blisters. And what about the blisters that I already had? Well the Thorlos are also made with performance fibers that keep the foot amazingly cool and dry. Without any extra moisture in the sock, my heels could heal in no time.
The Thorlo socks come in a variety of styles and thicknesses, but the Thick Cushions are definitely the best for running. They offer protection to the max for long workouts, and they’ve really allowed me to go the distance. Fast forward to a year later, and I’ve already completed a half-marathon and am training for the full 26.2 next spring. Luckily with my Thorlos, I’ll be crossing that finish line in stride. And that’s not an easy “feet!”
Thorlo Running Thick Cushion Unisex Socks come in crew, mini-crew, micro mini-crew and rolltop styles. My personal favorites are the micro, for minimal tan lines, or the rolltop for extra heel support. They also come in different colors, and now at Footwear etc. you save 10% if you buy 3 or more pairs.
My sister, who works as an RN in labor and delivery, swears by her Dansko Professional Clogs. She claims she can stay on her feet for hours on end without pain appearing in her knees or back with these classic comfort shoes on.
Recently, however, she’s been singing a new tune following her purchase of a pair of Dansko Sela sandals. “Most comfortable, versatile pair of sandals I’ve owned in years,” she told me. “I can wear them with dresses, capris, or crop pants and they always look great.”
After trying on a few pairs she recommends that you order one size above your measured size. They seem to run a little small.
Samantha Brown, from Travel Channel’s Passport to Great Weekends, is now sharing her passion for Ecco shoes. Can you identify any of the Ecco styles she’s wearing in the commercial. Send in your ideas and we’ll provide a 20% off coupon for the first three correct answers in the comments below.
Wikipedia informs us that “In September 2007, [Samantha] was in Beijing filming Passport to China, to be aired in June and July 2008, just ahead of the 2008 Olympics.” Keep an eye out for it.
We are not the only store recommending Beautifeel Shoes for formal occasions. Another blog, BarkingDogShoes, shares their interest in the Beautifeel Prague. (Click on the link to see what their writer has to say about being a middle school teacher in need of standing for long periods while looking stylish during an open house evening.)
They list another store as a good source with a price of $291.00. Footwear etc. sells the elegant and comfortable Beautifeel Prague for $285.00 (with free shipping).
The May 2008 issue of Footwear News highlights Beautifeel’s style by sharing how the comfort company “adds a floral touch to a peep-toe pump” in an effort to get “romantic.” As far as I recall, romance began on my wedding day after I kicked off my shoes.
Walking around town on my vacation I noticed my tennis shoes didn’t feel quite right. Sitting to rest at a local cafe, I checked inside of my shoes and found the insoles had holes in them. I had heard that Spenco made great insoles, so using my trusty web enabled cell phone I found the nearest seller of Spenco products and purchased a pair of the Polysorb Cross Trainers. I felt like a new woman; my feet felt like new too!
I trimmed them slightly to fit and they slipped easily into my shoes. Once I was walking again I could feel the difference. Even though they were a soft insole they had the arch support I needed as well as the shock absorption in the heel. With all the walking we had to do on this trip, Spenco surely saved the day.
They also make more of an orthotic insole with a cast on the base to give a much firmer feel to the foot.