I have known that I have needed to replace these shoes for some time, but was putting it off while I took care of some other things financially. I was given a gift card for Fleet Feet, where I bought my first two pair, that would have purchased my next pair but I chose instead to use that gift card to take my daughter to buy her first pair of real running shoes.
I had found a place online that I could buy the shoes I currently run in for just $70, but was still putting it off till I could come up with the extra money. (yes, I am aware, putting it off could cost me more in the long run) I really like the shoes I am currently running in. They are the New Balance MR768ST's.
It has finally started to become critical. I am starting to have strange issues very similar to the last time I needed to replace my shoes. I am having issues with my ankles, my hips, and other very strange aches and pains.
I finally decided it was time and I was going to make the purchase. I went back to the site that had my shoes and would you guess..... they no longer had my size and it looked like they were being phased out. I did all kinds of searches and came up empty everywhere I looked. Many websites had the shoes but nobody had my specific size and width. I was getting discouraged.... I really didn't want to switch shoes.... yet.
This morning I was happy, but somewhat cautiously optimistic when I went back to all the sites I went to Thursday and checked again..... only to find one website said "hurry, only 1 left" when I entered my size and width. I was also pleased to see that it was the store that had it cheaper than most other stores..... and they were having free shipping this weekend. I checked, and double checked to make sure I entered everything correctly and made the purchase. The final price being only $63 with tax. I will be happy when they arrive.
The store that came through for me? Joes New Balance Outlet
What did I learn? Don't put off buying shoes this long next time.
I did a little more research and found that New Balance has replaced my shoes with a new shoe so next time I will probably have to change shoes.... but I am happy that now is not the time.
I just received an update - they just cancelled my order saying the shoes were not available. I was worried about this - now I guess my worries came true. Now I don't know what shoes I will buy. I am not comfortable just buying a different pair because I don't know what other pair will actually give me the same support I need. It seems the only option I have will be to go to the store and get fitted again. I just didn't want to do that because I didn't want to pay $100 for my next pair of shoes..... really can't afford that right now!