I found myself at the Prudential Mall on church-related business hours before my flight back to London. I saw the Florsheim store and figured I'd take a quick look. I saw a pair of shoes that I liked and decided to try them on. They were extremely comfortable to walk around in, seemed well-suited to walking around a city, and were reasonably priced. I bought them.
And because I finally had my new shoes and didn't have room to spare in my suitcase, I left behind my old black shoes.
I decided to break in the new shoes today. It's not raining, and I wouldn't be doing much walking—just to the Tube stop and out the other end, as the flat I was viewing was right next to the Bromley-by-Bow station. It turned out to be much more walking than I could stand.
The back of the left shoe began to dig into my heel. By the time I got off the train at Bromley-by-Bow, I knew I must have a torn blister. By the time I got to the flat I was viewing, I was bleeding into my sock and into the new leather. And I still had to make my way back to Elephant & Castle. I don't like the idea of limping around, thus being visibly vulnerable, especially in the sketchier parts of town.
I'm pissed off that walking around in the shoe store gave no indication of this problem. I feel as though I've thrown money away on a pair of shoes I'm not sure I can use, and my old shoes are now an ocean away. The idea of going everywhere in sneakers does not particularly appeal to me, comfortable as it might be. And I don't know if these new shoes just need to be broken in (hopefully without breaking me any further!) or if they are a lost cause. <sigh>