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Long Live DSW

Some of you will be happy to know, I headed to a real running store today for some new shoes.

Admittedly, I would have gone to the Bryn Mawr Running Company even without that DSW shame hanging over my head – I’d made a date earlier in the week with a friend who’s new to running in her post-high school life and wanted some help in purchasing her first pair of running shoes – but I also felt sort of obligated, after a couple, um, persuasive comments about the illegitimacy of the dreaded discount dealer.

I’d traded with a running buddy a groupon to a different store for a gift certificate to this one, and I was fully prepared to take the salesman’s advice about what to purchase.

We chatted briefly about my intended purpose for the shoes and I mentioned that I’d never found a true go-to road shoe.  He had me try on a handful of pairs of neutral shoes (I may, according to Brent, bop up and down when I run, but I don’t pronate), and when all was said and done, I opted for a pair of Saucony ProGrid Ride 3’s.  They felt comfortable and sturdy, cushioned but not too soft, light but supportive.

And best of all, they’re red.

Between the groupon and the unexplained 10% discount I received, I paid $52 for these shoes, about the same amount that I spent at DSW 14 months ago and a lot less than I would have paid if I’d purchased them outright.

When I returned home, I decided to take a look my recently-retired shoes.

And wouldn’t you know, they were the previous model of those exact same Saucony ProGrid Ride’s.

All of a sudden, DSW’s not looking so shabby… and maybe I’ve found that go-to shoe after all.


10 responses to “Long Live DSW

  1. middleagedrunner March 12, 2011 at 7:10 am

    I love the red shoes- I am tempted to snag another pair of the Mizunos that I’m in love with but in red. Because red is a fast color? Dunno- but I like them!

  2. Kim (Book Worm Runs) March 12, 2011 at 7:37 am

    My first pair of running shoes were Saucony’s and I loved them! 🙂 Mine were blue, though…red is much better!! 😉 I now run in a pink pair of Brooks Adrenalines!! Enjoy the new shoes!!

  3. denise March 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

    ha!! guess you know enough on your own to pick the right shoe!! can’t beat that price!

  4. Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Can’t wait until I figure out which shoe is right for me… then I’d start trekking around to places like that for good deals!

  5. Black Knight March 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Good and beautiful shoes at a very interesting price!

  6. kari w/ Jogging with Fiction March 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    hahaha, pure luck! Kidding! Mike bops up and down when he runs too! don’t tell him, though, he gets touchy when I mention it lol

  7. Laurie March 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I love the mysterious BMRC 10% discount.
    My first ever pair of actual running shoes were Saucony’s. I still have them. They are covered in paint, are dry rotting, are 17 years old and I can’t bring myself to toss them.

  8. Mallory March 14, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Haha I cannot believe you were fitted for the same shoes! I also cannot believe you didn’t recognize them when you tried them on :p


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