So, our “local” Fleet Feet store has gotten pretty creative at drumming up business. Last night I got this email….
So nice gimmick. They obviously realize if I am running I have probably purchased a pair of shoes since that time, and not with them. What they do not realize is that for whatever reason, the Mirage, which had been my shoe since my surgery had stopped working for me. As I had become a stronger runner my need for any type of stability shoe had ceased. I ran in these shoes about 5 times, found my foot and ankle highly annoyed and relegated them to “walking the dog” I didn’t return them because I had run in them several times outside, and the store is kind of far away.
In addition the last time I was in the store I was followed about by a salesperson so much that I was never actually able to browse around. There is a mixed bag at the store. Some of the folks are super helpful, others….follow you around.
I’ve moved on and now run in Saucony Kinvara or Cortana…and Nike Lunar Fly for race days and speed work. I need a new pair of Lunar Fly’s…I wonder if I could still get free socks..
Would that I had the time to drive out there and find out.
Where do you get your shoes? Do you always return to the awesome local shop that fitted you, or have you been tempted by the great online deals that pop up from time to time? I think it’s important to support local business, but sometimes I find it hard to support my local running stores because they are offering the same shoe at double the price (though I will always buy from them if they take the time to actually FIT me cause I figure I am paying for the fitting). In addition, lately, they have not been carrying any of the products I use, going for “what sells” in the nutrition sections…and thus…
It’s been Running Warehouse for me.