Some news about shoes

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 in shoes raleigh

The New York Times has reported that more than 2 billion pairs of shoes were purchased by Americans in 2004. Make the average cost for shoes around $30 and consumers have just spent at least 60 billion dollars on shoes!

Shoe shopping is fun but it’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for. In Raleigh, there are MANY places to purchase shoes and shoe accessories: department stores, mall stores and specialty stand-alone stores.

So what’s important about shoe shopping (aside from scoring the perfect pair!?)? There’s lots of factors: you may or may not know exactly what kind of shoe you are looking for. For example, you need casual shoes to wear to work every day, but do you want brown shoes or black shoes? Canvas or leather? Ladies do you want pumps or flats? Guys do you want tie up shoes or slip on loafers?

Sometimes you just need to GO to the store and browse until you see something that catches your eye. Congratulations, half the battle is won! Now on to the REALLY important stuff, like:

  • Do the shoes fit? No, really. Do the shoes really fit well or are you squeezing your foot in thinking that they will work but only if you wear them for five minutes at a time? Or are they too big and you’re convincing yourself they will work out if you stuff cotton in the toe?
  • How much do the shoes cost? Does the price fit into your budget or are you going to drop a small inheritance on a pair of shoes that are a) cheaply made and will wear out soon or b) something you’re going to wear once?
  • Are they REALLY what you are looking for or are you getting sucked into buying those cute little mules because they’re the cutest shade of pink OR are you getting those sneakers JUST cause Michael Jordan is on them?’

Well fitting shoes are important for a variety of [obvious] reasons. You want to be comfortable and avoid getting blisters or injuring your foot from wearing ill-fitting shoes for the long term. Bunions are just one painful condition you can develop from shoes that fit too tightly and cause your foot’s bone structure to change.  A shoe that doesn’t fit properly can slip off at an inconvenient time, causing the wearer to trip and injure themselves or worse: their pride!

Many Americans are feeling the crunch of the economy right now, so dropping $100-200 on a pair of shoes may not be your best bet. There are many stores offering deep discounts on their products and shoe stores are one of these: many offer BOGO (buy one get one) pricing or just discounted prices in general.

Be smart when shopping for shoes: stay within your budget and invest in a nice, well made, quality pair of shoes that will meet your needs and feel comfortable when you wear them. Check local newspapers for flyers and inserts on upcoming sales, or visit store websites to see who has upcoming sales.

We’d love to hear from you! If you have had a great shopping experience in Raleigh, share it here with other folks in the Triangle!

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