Two summers ago I found a pair of New Balance flip flops at a discount shoe store. They had the best arch support of any summer shoes I've ever worn, and I slid them on whenever the weather was warm enough to go sockless.
This spring I noticed that the flip flops weren't as comfortable as they used to be. When I took a good look at them, I realized that the soles had deep foot indentations and the outside edges of the heels were showing a lot of wear. It was time to find another pair.
I browsed at all the big box shoe stores around my house looked for pair of comfortable flip flops or sandals, but couldn't find anything just right. Last Friday I found myself within five miles of a dedicated New Balance store. It was worth a slight detour to see if they had what I was looking for.
I walked into the store, briefly pursued their selection of warm-weather shoes, and selected a Renew Thong to try on. Except for a couple of cosmetic differences they looked just like the ones I was replacing. The clerk brought out my size, along with a pair of sanitary socks. I tried them on (a little difficult, because the socks didn't have a toe split), and ten minutes later I left the store with my new summer house shoes.
When I opened up the box at home I noticed a tag hanging from the right shoe strap that touted all the benefits of this style-good arch support, a flexible forefoot, heel cup, and gender specific foot bed. The tag also said that since the foot bed fit like an orthotic there should be a break-in period. (It suggested two hours the first day, and then 1-2 additional hours each day.) I figured that since I was used to the shoe I could ignore their suggestion.
I thought wrong.
I had greatly underestimated just how much the old pair had lost their support. At the end of two hours the both the ball and arch of my feet ached and I couldn't wait to take the new shoes off. But the instructions were spot on. Yesterday I wore the shoes all morning. Today the only time I took them off was when I put on shoes to go for a walk. They were that comfortable
Based on my past experience, I'm looking forward to a long period of happy feet.