This was the time I was dreading. I was finally out of my stack of old Nimbus that I had been hoarding and I needed a new pair of running shoes. I knew I wasn’t a fan of the current version of the Nimbus so instead of ordering every type of road shoe on the planet and determining which might be right for me (which with Amazon Prime exactly what I did with trail shoes), I decided I would trot down to my local shoe store, Athletic Basement, to have some expert input on a new pair of running shoes.
Experience matters at your local shoe store and you could tell the staff knew me well. How well? When I didn’t head straight for the gels and headed toward the shoes, all the grizzled veterans made a beeline straight for the stockroom. This left the obviously new guy who bounded up to me like a Labrador puppy and asked “Are you looking for some new shoes?”
“No, I’m standing in front of a wall of shoes because what I really am looking for is a new bike”. I think it, but go with the more neutral, “Yup.”
“So let’s take a look at your current shoes.” The new guy glances down at my battle tested NImbus and gulps. You can tell he has been thrown off his gain. “Whoa, those look old.” I decide he is talking about the shoes and not me.
Salesperson: I have a couple of options that might work for you. What size do you wear.
Me: 11 1/2
Salesperson: How about I bring a mix.
He then scurries to the back room to get some shoes. I hear snickering from the backroom as the new guy is arrives. The Pig goes over to the food area and scarfs down 3 Honey Stinger Waffles. I make a mental note to add that to my bill.
The new guy comes back with an armload of shoes. “So why don’t you take your shoes off?” he asks. So I take off my Nimbus and the odor of 300+ miles permeates the air with a foul stench. The new guy faints. From the backroom a pack of smelling salts is thrown and skitters next to me.
See experience matters.
I use the smelling salts to revive the new guy.
So, in part 2 will I find my next pair of shoes to fall in love with? Will The Pig eat all the food in the store? Find out in Part 2 of “Shoely that can’t be”.