WALKING for me is a CHORE. I used to LOVE it, though, logging 10 miles, sometimes MORE, a day. But over time I paid the price. It got increasing difficult to do. My knees wore out. I have meniscus tears, Baker Cysts, arthritis and now diabetes. Comfortable shoes are hard to come by. Up to now I've worn GrassHoppers. They did the job. I was content with my Jensen Stretch Bucks. They cost about $40. I buy two pairs a year, online. Those are the only shoes I've worn for the past four to five years. Sad considering, once upon a time, I wore stilettos. Try to visualize that if you can, blog buddies. Truth be told, I wore them to make me taller. LOL These days, I usually try to get FLATS without laces because it's difficult to bend over and tie them without collapsing in a pile because of dizziness. Not to mention the neuropathy in my hands making it difficult to manipulate the laces. But a year ago, when our local WALMART moved to a new location and slashed prices at the old store. I picked up a couple pair of Danskin sneakers for $10. I figured the price outweighed the trouble tying them. So I began alternating them with the GrassHoppers. It felt good to own more than a couple pair of shoes that fit. My closet is full of ones that don't. (I need to donate them.) Anyway, life was good. I went about my business over the past year, never giving another bit of attention to shoes. But that all changed in a heartbeat, a month or two ago. I saw the shoes pictured above FOR SALE at Meijer's. I thought they were the UGLIEST things I had ever seen. But at the same time, they intrigued me. So I slid one shoe, after another, on my feet. OMG. What an experience. I thought I died and went to Heaven. It was like walking in the air, on a cloud. I have NEVER, EVER worn a pair of shoes so COMFORTABLE in my whole life. Forget the GrassHoppers. Forget the Danskins. These were the shoes for me. Hands down. They were called EASY SPIRIT 360. I bought them on the spot. I did NOT care that they did not match anything in my wardrobe. I wore them religiously for a week or two. Then decided I needed another pair in a Black or Brown color. I found them easily online, but was shocked by the sticker price. I had gotten the champagne colored ones at quite a discount. Paying $70 dollars in addition to shipping and handling was a bit steep. So I searched everywhere in town for someplace that had them, instead. The only color I could find around here was BLUE. I figured they would go with my jeans. So I got them. My husband almost killed me. "You spent WHAT on a pair of shoes." I reminded him of all those high heels I used to dance in. They were not particularly cheap. He thinks because I'm an old lady now, my shoes should be dirt cheap, like the two for $10 pairs I got at WALMART. Give me a break. That was a fluke. Some things are just PRICELESS. Joy is a precious commodity. These EASY SPIRIT 360 shoes are as good as gold, in my humble opinion, at least for me. It's my BIG splurge now that the hubby has a temporary job. I LIVE in these shoes. I'd sleep in them if I could. They feel that good.
I have alternated between the champagne and blue ones for a while now. My feet were smiling. So when payday came this month, I broke down and ordered another pair online. I still wanted the versatility of the BLACK color. They arrived this past weekend. They are the color of coal. (Although they are coming out much lighter in the photo.)
I am a happy camper. I absolutely, positively LOVE these shoes. I am receiving no compensation for this endorsement. Just passing along some information to you, my blog buddies ... about something that has literally put a spring in my step, a song in my heart
and a smile on my face
and both of my feet.
But admittedly with a DENT in my bank account.
HERE IS THE LINK
TO THEIR WEBSITE