The UPS guy just deposited the package on our doorstep – my new running shoes are here! And with that, I leave behind my conservative self and enter the age of brilliance. Not brain power, footwear. I don’t know when or where this trend started. I admit to running my old shoes well past the recommended number of miles, erstwhile ignorant of new offerings on the market. I did see the occasional runner in blinding foot colors, but passed it off as weird. Then my daughter replaced her running shoes and found that ordinary color-trimmed white was no longer an option, and came home with deep purple. She admitted to feeling a big funny when her feet came into view and shocked her with the color. But she compensated by coordinating with a purple top.
Next my son, Erik, updated his footwear. “Come see my new running shoes, Mom” he said. I was unprepared for his unveiling – he bought those goofy looking rubbery foot booties (my terminology), complete with individual toes. In his terms, they look a bit like skeleton feet, and was disappointed they didn’t have the more colorful version. But he swears by them, particularly for trail running. No matter, I don’t do trail running.
When I finally broke down and anted up the price for my own new shoes, I admit that my favorite model still came in white with aqua trim. It would have been the easy way out. But something about those colors enticed me. Why not? Shocking pink with black trim. It’s so not me. Or is it? Too late to back out now. I hope they don’t clash too much with my other running gear.