It has just dawned on me that I didn't share my running shoe story! I asked for opinions and went to the store on Friday at lunch.
You need to understand the way I 'try on' running shoes. I put them on and jog around the store. No one has ever said anything to me about it...so far. Anyway, I pick a couple pairs of shoes that are in my price range and I commence jogging. I do this until I narrow it down to 2-3 pairs of shoes. This is ALWAYS the process...apparently I have picky feet!
So after about an hour in Kohl's on Friday, I had it narrowed down to a pair of Avia shoes and a pair of Asics. THEN, as I normally do, I try the shoes on mis-matching. Yes you read that correctly -- I put an avia on one foot and an asics on the other. Commence jogging. THEN I switch it up. This is how I decide. I walked away with the Asics:
PS: anyone think I should get a Nike endorsement deal for this post?! =) Tee Hee I kid!
ALSO:: I have found that you can return running shoes within days of purchase -- just clean off the bottom and as long as they don't LOOK worn, it's no biggie (Kohl's has a FABULOUS return policy!)