I've been thinking that I might need to replace my shoes soon. I've done about 460Kms and the sole is looking a bit worn. But, with one thing and another I haven't had time to go to my nearest Sweatshop about 45 minutes away.
So, yesterday I was in Bath shopping with a friend and I took my shoes with me and headed for Running Bath, a small independent shop that I'd heard of. I walked in, it was quiet. Two (yes two!) young men immediately approached me and I said, "do you think I need new shoes?" taking said shoes from a bag. I must say they looked a bit pitiful, worn and muddy (the shoes not the young men) especially amongst all the lovely new, shiny ones around the shop!
One young man (they looked soooo young) looked at them carefully, asked me a few questions about mileage etc and said to my utter surprise, " no not yet".
He then took the time to tell me what to watch out for, yes the soles were starting to wear but they still had some mileage in them but I had to watch for the wearing down of the cushioning at the sides. Ok.
I was very impressed with the reaction here. I had walked in from the street, I'd never been before, it could have been a very easy sell (except I didn't have time as I had a non running friend with me but he didn't know that) and he might not see me again. But he will.
I'm going away next week for a little holiday and when I get back I'm heading straight to Running Bath for new shoes. Can't wait!
There is a catch though. When I asked him if he could check my gait and did they have a treadmill, he replied,
" no we don't have a treadmill here. We look at you running outside in the street".