Before my husband was my husband and we used to shop for clothes together I always thought my husband's guidelines for picking out clothes were a little weird. Before he would even consider trying them on he'd go up and rub the material between his fingers. Then he'd walk away with it either in hand and head for the dressing room or an emphatic no and move on. Apparently, since he was a small child he had a thing about the material and how it felt against his skin. I can understand that, although I found his constant fondling of clothes a bit odd.
In all truth though, I have come to realize that I am the strange one when it comes to picking out, trying on, purchasing, and then actually wearing clothes. You see, I have this need...an obsessive one really....to find clothes (shoes included) that when on basically feel as if they are not. I hate clothes that are too tight or snug, too short, too long or loose, cap sleeved, and the list goes on. As far as shoes go...they need to feel as if they are not encapsulating my foot. My biggest problem is with tennis shoes, which I need to exercise.
Which brings me to my latest obsession. I bought a pair of tennis shoes almost three years ago that I have been using with regularity. I love them. They are perfectly broken in, they don't rub any part of my foot, and I tie them just enough to keep them on without putting any pressure across the top part of my feet. Well, I have worn them into the ground with all this exercising and so I set out to find the perfect shoe. No small feat (pun intended). I found a pair of New Balance that I loved, but were $140. In the realm of things that is not bad, but I hate to spend money, especially on myself. So, I kept looking. I found two pairs of New Balance that I really liked and bought them both (for a grand total of 80 bucks). But now the break in begins and it is driving me nuts. I have to work out in them in order to break them in but all I really want to do is put on my old, falling apart, certainly not supportive tennis shoes from the days of yore. I know once they are broken in I will love them. In the meantime I am going crazy.
Next up...to find a pair or two of gym shorts that are the perfect length (mid-thigh), the right type of mesh (ones that don't include the ultra-static prone lining), and a reasonable price.