It’s official. I hate my new shoes.
I bought my new shoes on August 28. The purchasing experience fell short of my expectations, but since I was buying version 9 of Brooks Adrenalines, and since I loved versions 7 and 8, I figured it would all turn out okay. Besides, the new version has pretty little flowers on them. And I’m all about being girly and tough at the same time. (Just like Vala Mal Doran , who is my new favorite TV character. She complains if she breaks a fingernail, bit give her a P-90 and she’ll kick some serious booty.)
Anyway, shortly after I purchased the shoes, I got sick with a cold, then the flu, then a cold again. As a result, I didn’t spend a lot of time running in September. At least, not as much as I’d have liked, and not enough to realize that these shoes were not going to work. They were a little snug, but I thought with some creative shoe-tying and a little time, they’d be okay. No such luck. Whenever I run in them, I get a blister on my left arch, and my bunions feel as if they are being squeezed in a vice.
Unfortunately, the policy at the store where I bought them is that you can return them within two weeks for a full refund, or you can return them within a month for store credit or exchange. It’s past a month now, but I really hate these shoes. I called the store today and asked if there was any flexibility in their policy, and Janet (a very nice sales associate) said, “Well… not really.” I told her the situation, and she asked when I might be able to come. I said I could probably make it Wednesday. (The store is 45 minutes from my house, and I have commitments after work on both Monday and Tuesday.) She said that in order for any exception to be made, I would have to get there no later than Wednesday and that even then, she couldn’t guarantee anything as the shoes would have to be in saleable condition.
Hm. I’m not sure if they are in good enough condition or not. I’ve run just 49 miles in them. I don’t think they are too bad, but I don’t know what they would be looking for. So I have to try to determine now whether to take a 45 minute drive to see if the shoes are returnable, or instead try to sell them on e-Bay and buy other shoes some other time.
I have just two days to make up my mind.