Looking back on life, I’ve had quite the array of jobs. From working at a desk in a casual office, to making rounds at a hospital, to bartending or even working as an airline agent at LAX – you name it, I’ve probably done it, which means my feet have also seen it all. I’ve sat, run, walked, skipped, hopped and fell just about every type of footwear known to women. Luckily, working from home in sunny Southern California means I pretty much have one favorite pair of flip flops that get replaced every two years when my big toe has worn it’s way through and starts touching the ground.
But the reality of it is, in the past 4 years I really haven’t worn any shoes at all. (I grew up in a Korean household and we leave our shoes at the door.) One look at the healthy always growing collection of designer shoe boxes in my bedroom might say otherwise, but I readily admit – I am a shoe addict. I buy and hoard gorgeous heels that threaten to break my neck, but never do because I rarely get a chance to wear them. And my sneakers – well, they are the same white Reebok’s I’ve had since before having Whistler.
Point is, being a permanent bare-foot native to my home, I never really pay much mind to my feet and my shoes. Then I went to Chicago for BlogHer last month and walked over 67,000 steps (over 27 miles) in just 3 days and my feet were angry. From my sneakers being too small (did you know your feet often grow up to one size after having a child?) to flip flops just not cutting it, I was constantly complaining about my feet. Since I was used to wearing no shoes or flips flops, every single one of my toes HATED being enclosed, touching fabric and having the slightest bit of pressure on them from the sneakers. I felt relief by wearing flip flops, but then my arches just couldn’t handle the almost 10 miles of concrete jungle trekking I was asking of them.
Once I returned home, I knew I needed to find myself a new pair of walking/running shoes before going on another press trip. Luckily, I was able to join a campaign to find a great new pair of Reebok shoes with a provided $100 Gift Certificate to Famous Footwear. While I’ve never shopped at a Famous Footwear retail store, I was already very familiar with the brand, their website and their incredible sales. Not only do they often run Buy One, Get One Half Off storewide sales (that can be used ON TOP of any individual shoe sale prices), but signing up for their free Rewards Members loyalty program will also usually get you additional savings stacked on top!
The closest retail store is about 40 miles from me so I did my shopping online (as usual). I normally like to try on sneakers, but I’ve always loved Reebok’s fit and quality so I felt comfortable with ordering them online. I found these cute Reebok Women’s Smoothflex shoes on sale for $60.00. Since they were having their BOGO 1/2 off sale, I went ahead and grabbed two more pairs of shoes for Whistler as well. With my ADDITIONAL 20% off for being a Rewards Member, I was able to get 3 pairs of shoes shipped to my home for less than my $100 GC – a savings of over $66!
I chose standard shipping and they arrived faster than I expected. I absolutely loved my choice, especially the included bright orange second set of laces. I’ve been wearing them as much as possible because they feel great on my feet. I can’t wait to put them to the test at the next conference or brand event I go to!
Unfortunately, I ordered the wrong size shoes for Whistler and needed to exchange them. With the cost of postage these days, I wasn’t happy about my mistake. Lucky for me, Famous Footwear has a really great return policy. Even though I placed the order online, I was able to swing by the store near my parents house to make an exchange!
In just this one personal shopping experience with Famous Footwear, they have earned the right to be my new Go-To store for family footwear. The fact that I can mix and match men’s, women’s and children’s shoes both in store and online for some pretty incredible prices caught my attention, but it was their great customer service that will keep me coming back for more.
As previously mentioned, I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reebok. I received a Famous Footwear gift card to purchase a pair of Reebok shoes to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.