After writing about buying good shoes for seniors, I ended up buying shoes at Fleming’s Comfort Footwear here in Tulsa yesterday.
I went to my ankle surgeon’s office to pick up a referral for a shoe store he suggested. And this was one of them. I’d never been in there, but it was the closest shoe store on the list.
Yesterday, shoe referral page in hand, I decided to pay them a visit.
I went to the door and found it was locked. A guy with a long ponytail (another COVID story; more on that later) came to the door and unlocked it to let me in. Then he locked it behind me.
His name was Darrell.
Wearing Masks Is Mandatory At This Shoe Store:
They doing a booming business with seniors coming in to shop.
He had to get up while helping me every couple of minutes to let people in and out. You don’t get in their store without a mask.
I told him later that they needed to hire a door guy so he wouldn’t be interrupted so often.
This was actually the first store I’ve visited that stuck to their guns on mask-wearing. I was impressed.
So I told him all my ailments that I hoped good shoes would help with and sat down and let him take over. It was like buying shoes from another time.
He measured my feet. I didn’t realize they still did that.
More Money Than I’ve Ever Paid For Shoes:
An insert he put in the 2 pairs of sneakers I ended up purchasing helped a lot. I spent a whopping $530.00 on two pairs of sneakers with two inserts.
Darrell said the sneakers are going fast and they’re having a hard time getting inventory due to the supply chain problem.
In fact, he said that New Balance (one of the brands they carry) just had to cancel 3 million orders for shoes.
Yes, I said 3 MILLION orders. That’s a lot of shoes people are expecting to get and won’t. Which is one reason I went ahead and bought two pairs of shoes.
What I Typically Spend On Clothing, Etc:
I’m funny about buying myself things to wear. In fact yesterday I got an order of sweat pants from Walmart. Price: $10.
I rarely spend more than $5 – $10 on t-shirts. I get most of my shirts from JCPenneys online. I’m not a fancy-dressing kind of gal and they have great sales on both short-sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts.
I also order from Fruit Of The Loom online. And you know they aren’t pricey. I do this because that way I know exactly what I’m getting.
Sometimes when you think you’re ordering the same item from Amazon or Walmart or Target, it ends up not being quite the same.
Looming ahead of me is the fact that I’ve got to move in January. And I need to be able to stand up for more than a minute or two at a time.
So I’m crossing my fingers that good shoes will help with the necessary tasks before me.
The Kinds Of Shoes I Purchased:
So what kind of shoes did I end up buying? One pair was New Balance sneakers. (I won’t be one of the 3 million people waiting on shoes that simply aren’t going to arrive.)
The other pair was Drews.
Good solid shoes will cost you. Two inserts were $75 apiece. He said they could make custom inserts for $95.
I’ve never heard of Drew shoes, but I Googled them once I got home. They’ve been around since 1875.
When I walked out of Fleming’s Comfort Footwear wearing the New Balance sneakers with the inserts in them, they felt so comfortable.
If you live in the Tulsa area and want to check them out, Fleming’s Comfort Footwear is also active on Facebook.
Darrell The Pony Tail Guy:
As for the guy with the long ponytail that I mentioned, I told him that I keep my head shaved due to COVID.
Darrell pointed to his head and said he went in the opposite direction. He hasn’t had his hair cut in a long time. Also because of COVID.
I ended up going back in there a few hours later. To ask him if he could sell me something to make the shoes fit my ankles better. I have skinny ankles and they were slipping a bit. He told me to sit down again. And then he relaced the shoes.
Darrell said that once you’ve been fitted with shoes, you don’t want to make any changes unless you have to.
Lacing The Shoe Different For A Better Fit:
So he showed me a different way to lace them where you skip the second to the top hole when lacing up the shoe.
You go straight to the top hole that is angled a bit to get a slightly different fit. This did in fact make them fit my ankles.
Better Fitting Shoes For Seniors:
I wrote about trying to find good shoes for seniors recently, and now I’ve told you what kind I ended up buying. You know I researched online for weeks because that’s just what I do on most everything I purchase.
What I learned is that you must make an investment when it comes to shoes. Especially at our age due to all our little aches and pains that occur over time.
December 1st Shoe Update:
It hasn’t yet been 24 hours. Today I’m wearing the Drew sneakers, and they’re every bit as comfortable. A simply perfect fit.
I was able to take the trash down to the end of the four-plex with only a smidgeon of pain. That insert sure makes a difference with my arch support I’m finding out.
In the past, I’ve never given much thought to arch support because I didn’t realize how much difference it can make.
What Is Arch Support:
Your arches support your body weight while you’re standing. They also play an important role in helping you propel forward when walking or running. They move with your other bones, tendons, and ligaments to create a spring-like action that moves you forward.
If these two pairs of shoes make a difference in my pain and mobility level, they will have been well worth it. I may be done ordering shoes online.
You can order these Drew shoes on Amazon, I noticed. But I don’t trust them as much as this local store. And the other positive is that I’m supporting small businesses in Tulsa.
I’ll get back to you in a week for an update.
And Darrell, I’m so appreciative of how much time you spent helping me buy shoes.