The other day, I wrote about socks. Today, my focus will be on shoes.
So, here is a little life-lesson I will share: Buy shoes that fit.
My daughter is playing high school basketball, and her old basketball shoes were a little small. So, we went and bought some nice new Adidas shoes.
I thought they looked a little ‘clunky’, but she swore they fit ok. They were some pretty cool shoes. They even had changeable stripes so you could make them match your school colors.
She was excited to try her new shoes on the first day of practice. Guess what happened? She somehow sprained her ankle an hour into her first practice with her new shoes! Her coach took a look at the swollen ankle and then the shoes, and he said the shoes were too big. (The theory is she kind of tripped on her own shoe and rolled her ankle.) Of course, I look like a cheapskate for buying my daughter shoes that were too big, but honestly, she said they fit. Not only that, but they were a half size smaller than she normally wears. (Note to self: Adidas shoes run bigger than Nike.)
I am partially to blame though. I didn’t thoroughly check that her shoes fit properly. I felt there was a little room at the top, but she said her feet did not slide or anything, so I thought they were ok. Apparently I was wrong because when the coach looked at them, I think they were too big in 100 different ways. (She has long, skinny feet.) I think that now that my kids are a little older, I don’t pay enough attention to some of the small things, and I really do need to. Heck, as an adult I sometimes have a hard time knowing if the shoe is a good fit or not. So, I really should have looked at her shoes a bit closer, especially since they were basketball shoes. In my defense, I was looking at ankle guards when she was trying the shoes on. Too bad I didn’t buy those either. (They were all too big.)
So, I will be spending my afternoon scouring the sporting goods stores, trying to find the perfect pair of basketball shoes, along with some ankle guards that fit. As a side note, did you know ankle guards are pretty darn expensive?? Add that to the list of unexpected expenses for the year 2010!
Wish me luck…