Saturday, March 28, 2015

Terry's Technicolor Dream Shoes

This is kind of a rant. About shoes. I have reached the point in my life where shoes are constantly on my mind. Not so much because I am such a shoe fashionista, but because my feet hurt and I want comfortable shoes, especially to travel and walk in. And I kind of want them to look good. I have spent way too much money in this quest. I have bought expensive shoes and cheap shoes and lots inbetween.

Last fall when we were going to Spain I read a friend's post on Facebook about the shoes she had worn to Paris and how she wore them everyday and how wonderful and comfortable they were, so I messaged her to find out what they were. Skechers Go Walk shoes. I went out and bought a pair and they were all she claimed and not even really expensive. I took several pairs of shoes to Spain, but these were the shoes I wore.

Here they are walking on beautiful tiles at the Alhambra.

They really are the most comfortable shoes I have worn in recent memory, including some very highly regarded fancy expensive shoes. I loved these shoes. They are squishy, yet supportive. I could walk all day on cobblestones and up crumbling stairs. They are lightweight and actually pretty washable. They held up well and I continue to wear them. Summer is coming and we are planning another trip and I think I want another pair. Something a little more exciting than gray would be nice, but I go here to look at them and what do I find? Gray. More gray. Black. More black. Then, icky pastel-y 5-year-old colors--turquoise, hot pink and lavender. These are not my colors. These, I guess. are old lady shoes. I'll own that. But I am insulted by what, I guess, are supposed to be old lady colors.  These, I suppose, are keyed to go with floral polyester blouses and polyester pull-on pants. Have shoe designers ever really looked at what women of a certain age are wearing outside the nursing home???

I have some suggestions for the designers at Skechers. If you made some good colors I would buy your shoes in multiples. I came up with some ideas. What do you think?


How hard could that be?

21 comments:

  1. Yes, yes, and YES!!!!!!!

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  2. I'll have the neon green and the stripe, please!

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  3. I'll have the neon green and the stripe, please!

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  4. give me a blank canvas..no matter the shape..and I"ll make it my own.

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  5. Jill O'Connor6:16 PM

    Red - I want red shoes that are comfortable, affordable and I can put my orthotics in. All of yours are good too. But mostly I want red. Jill

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  6. Terry, send them in to sketchers. Maybe they will listen. Yes, it would be for the first time

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  7. but did you see these? same shoes, different material. I love these purple multi things!
    http://www.amazon.com/Skechers-Womens-Go-Walk-Walking/dp/B00I5IGSUA/ref=pd_sbs_shoe_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=10MC9KHZ62MGECHA1EJD

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  8. I love bright colored shoes! Send in the suggestions--we 'women of a certain age' ALL want something besides gray!!!

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  9. I'm with you, comfortable shoes that don't look like old lady shoes. By the way, I saw your shirt quilt at IQF in Chicago on Friday. Loved it!

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  10. Zappos has several different Skechers Performance Go Walk styles in different colors. Is there a big difference between Skechers Performance Go Walk and Skechers Woman's Go Walk 2-axis fashion sneaker?

    I'm almost ready to buy a pair of these based solely on your recommendation, they sound great.

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  11. Instead of seeing the 'bleh' colors as a liability, I see them as a challenge.

    I have several plain canvas shoes that I have decorated to match various events/outings: a Star Wars themed roller derby (one shoe R2D2, the other C3PO); a trip to the southwest (adobe/mesa/coyote/clay pots, etc.); an international soccer game (the teams logo(s)).

    I've even seen some quilters who decoupaged selvage strips to their Vans. :)

    Enjoy the opportunities! :D

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  12. Anonymous9:50 AM

    Try painting or dying them. Lots of supplies in Dharma Trading.

    Speaking of companies not making things for women of a certain age, try finding a swimsuit that does not show cleavage or have a modest neckline also to cover up skin cancer sensitive chest area. I don't need a shirt, just a modest suit.

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  13. Just a note of clarification: there are different styles of Go Walk shoes. The 2-axis style is cut lower over the instep and were most comfortable for me. Try them on if you can!

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  14. They don't have the 2 axis on their site anymore, but the GoWalk 3 comes in lime, turquoise, hot pink, red, and boring!

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  15. I'm not sure about the green ones...but I would love a pair of the rest!

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  16. Your post made me smile because I recently picked up a pair in the only color available where I found them ... GRAY and wished there were more interesting colors/fabrications.

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  17. I love my Skechers; you've seen them. They're black with a turquoise sole and lime-green stitching on the instep.

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  18. i would paint up a batch of them because you can!
    i am over mature myself and live in oofoos sandals in almost every color they make because if you feet hurt.....

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  19. Hi Terry, I wanted to tell you about a rival to this shoe brand: BucketFeet at Nordstrom. Very comfy!! Many attractive designs. Includes massage "bubbles" & antimicrobial lining. I forget that I'm wearing them!

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