Well, someone must have been listening. Just when my feet gave up the idea of being comfortable in just about anything BUT sneakers, a lovely email arrived in my inbox, offering to send me a pair of shoes from Dr. Scholl’s new line of comfort footwear. It was tough to pick from the choices of adorable athletic shoes, boots and loafers, and after going back and forth, insisting to myself I needed ALL of them, I finally chose a cute pair of loafers (called the “Florenza”).
If you’re a boomer, you no doubt had a pair of the original Dr. Scholl’s, called an “exercise sandal”. (Actually, the brand goes back long before we were born – it originated in the early 1900’s). Remember? I think we all wore them at one time or another. When they first came out, it was hard to imagine that anything on a wooden platform could actually be considered comfortable (do you also remember that there was also a big “bump” in the shoe, between your big toe and your arch?) But they were mighty comfy…and those sandals quickly turned into my favorites, so much so that I ended up replenishing my stock year after year.
And now Dr. Scholl’s has a new fall line that combines beauty and comfort – really! Maybe I was a bit skeptical because I had been on an exhaustive search for that combo and got so disgusted that I declared shoe shopping to be the new bathing suit shopping (AKA miserable).
A brief aside – an amusing little piece of info: I recently read an article about footwear flight attendants wear for comfort, and how some stick MAXI PADS into their shoes for extra cushioning.
I’m glad to report that with my new shoes, no maxi pads are necessary – the company has done something magical using a few different methods to make some very cushy insoles, AKA Memory Fit Foam, Pressure Relief and/or Massaging Gel. Equally nice is that nothing in their line is over $100.
When my shoes arrived, I excitedly tore into the box and put them on. We were having company for dinner that night, and I knew I’d be on my feet a lot. I figured it was a good time to try them out, since if they hurt, I could easily escape to my room to switch them out for another pair of shoes…or slippers (I’ve been known to wear my fuzzy slippers to my dinner parties – but that’s reserved for really close friends).
By the time it was time to make the coffee and cut the wonderful homemade apple tart my friend had brought, I looked down and realized I was still wearing my new shoes. Happy feet! Victory! The next day, I wore them again, this time actually leaving the house to go run some errands for a couple of hours – which involved a fair amount of walking. By the end of that day, I had happy feet, as well.
You know what’s really nice – almost nicer than having happy feet? I’m able to offer one of you a free pair of the same shoes I have, complements of Dr. Scholl’s. I ordered the navy, but they’re also available in grey or mocha brown: take your pick. Here’s what the navy looks like:
So, what do you have to do to win these shoes? Easy. Just leave a comment on this post. That’s it! I’ll choose a number by random and match that number to the comment with that same number. Make sure to include your email address so I can send you the good news and get all your vital information (like your size, color choice and address). There are a few more details you need to know:
Only one entry/comment per person permitted.
Contest closes this Friday, October 5, at midnight ET. If you don’t respond to my email within 24 hours, you’ll make someone else really happy (that’s a nice thing, I guess), because the next number will be chosen and you’ll have to forfeit the prize (not such a nice thing).
The featured giveaway is provided by a third party and will be shipped directly to you by them.
If you live in a far-off land like Tahiti, I’m envious. But I’m also sorry to tell you that this contest is open to U.S. residents only.
Shoes are available in full and half sizes and medium width from size 6 to 11.