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The Stress of Shoe Shopping

Seth realizes he may have a fear of commitment to his sneakers.

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This weekend I did something I dread:  I went shoe shopping.  It's different for a guy (like me) because I don't really buy a lot of shoes.  When I do, I stick with them, take care of them, and wear them for years.  So the anxiety hit when I was faced with a decision at Foot Locker about which sneaker pair to buy.

I guess I have a fear of commitment.  For sneakers.  I need to account for a lot of things -- perhaps most importantly, the question of "are these really comfortable?"  Good sneakers go a long way, especially when you're walking miles from the arrival gate to the luggage carousel.  And when you have arthritis in your knees and back, a comfortable pair of sneakers is critical.

But when they're all supposed to be comfortable, and are manufactured in 52,000 colors and styles, that decision is made a little more difficult.

Good sneakers go a long way, especially when you're walking miles from the arrival gate to the luggage carousel.  And when you have arthritis in your knees and back, a comfortable pair of sneakers is critical.

And since Foot Locker employs Ph.D.'s or Ph.D. candidates, their professional advice is based primarily on which basketball star is most popular (today's answer: LeBron James).  As much as I loved Michael Jordan, I am not a fan of the footwear that don his name and emblem.

Now I live with the anxiety of wondering whether or not I made the right decision.  Until I think about the saying that my dad would tell me as a kid:  "I cried when I had no shoes, until I met a man with no feet."

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