I have very odd, hard-to-fit feet. Really high arches, wide in the toe, narrow in the heel. I need an orthopedic arch support to lessen the fatigue and pain from the abnormally high arch. Since I spend hours a day running after four-year-olds, I wear either frumpy orthopedic shoes, or ballerina flats or garishly-painted Keds that can fit the supports. Walking sandals in summer, insulated snow boots in Winter, sexy heels where I risk falling and breaking my neck about three times a year. I've never found a pair of sneakers that were comfortable.
Until I met my new best friend Lisa at the New Balance Outlet on Sunday.
Lisa measured my feet four different ways, measured the arch support, talked about when and how I'd be using the shoes (and at new Balance, they're not sneakers, they're athletic shoes). She showed me how different lines fit feet in different ways, and lined up five pairs for me to try.
New Balance no. 661 in 7 W, I love you. Roomy in the toe, narrow enough in the heel so that my feet don't slip out, not tight across the top with room for the arch support, cushioning on the treadmill. Amazing. And on sale. I'm going back for a second pair for when these wear out.
My feet, they're very happy.