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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

pumpkin blush?

I have this neighbor.  He's a really friendly guy and a bit of an early bird.  He does carpentry type contract work, so he's often outside in the mornings loading up and getting ready to go to some job.  He also sounds just like Ray Romano.

"You know ya nuts?!", he called to me this morning in his Ray Romano/Manny voice.

I was just back from a run and I acknowledged my nuttiness, although I think running is one of my more sane activities.

"It's a lot easier to get around in a car", his sidekick, who sounds like no celebrity I know of, added, "but I like your pink shoes!"

Ah yes, the shoes.  A little hard to not notice.  I don't really think about their color when I'm running, but I think they do help me wake up in the mornings as I'm putting them on.

They are very pink, brightly so.  It was the only color the store had in my size when I got them.  I rather like the contrasting teal laces.

But really, except for these few weeks during the summer, it's usually too dark out to fully appreciate the loudness of my running shoes.  A local running store was recently curious to know what women thought of the bright color trend in shoes.

I hadn't thought about it much, but I guess I like it.  I remember the days when women's athletic shoes were all white with maybe a touch of pastel pink or baby blue, screaming, "OLD LADY, COMING THROUGH!"

My other shoes in the run rotation are these Brooks, and I don't even know what color they are.


Hot Peach?  Fresh Abrasion?  Burnt Flesh?  Salmonella?  I actually went to the Brooks site, in my extensive research for this post, to see what they call it.  All I got was "613".

Oh well, they're great shoes, but what I really question is the reflectors on top and nowhere else on the shoes.  Seems to me that these reflectors are functional only if the wearer is in the supine position in the road.

I have no plans to be in the supine position in the road.  And it occurs to me that if I did end up horizontal in the road, it's more likely that I would come to rest in the prone position, making these reflectors of little or no use. 

But they're shiny.  Even Magnum took notice when they first showed up in the closet.

So yeah, I guess I like the bright trend.  Maybe they do add a little more energy.  Not necessarily life changing shoes, but I think Cinderella's got dibs on that.  
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16 comments:

  1. I like the new non-old lady shoes, though I haven't truly indulged yet. My latest purchase: black mesh with turquoise soles, with a little hot pick interwtined here and there. And I thought "I" was stepping out of the box. Not! Eventually, I'll have some kicks like yours and my neighbors will notice mine.

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    1. You're definitely getting there!

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  2. You always have the neatest assortment of shooz. Lots of splash. Hard not to see you coming with those day-glo colors. I've yet to break out of my shell with my stodgy, old man ASICs. Always wondered if it would make a difference if I ran on the wild side. Are those your Brooks PureFlow 2s? I am still tempted to go minimalist like you and SR300 have.

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    1. Yes, those be my PureFlow 2s. Wolfgang talked them up until I had to get a pair for myself. Get you some pink ones!

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  3. When I got my Nike Frees, the only color they had in my size was black. I was so disappointed. But now my new Brooks have fun colors! (With the same reflectors on top that I never paid much attention to til now.) You'd THINK you'd land in a prone position if you fell while running, however I proved that theory wrong in my latest fall. My final resting spot was on my back. But alas, I wasn't wearing my Brooks. I'm surprised I didn't get run over.

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    1. Well, I guess the top-foot reflectors are for the truly talented!

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  4. I like your pink shoes! Kacey would like 'em too. She just got herself a pair of hot pink Crocs. As for the Brooks shoes, I'd call them "coral."

    Mine are Saucony's and they're black with hot pink. So I guess I'm all for the splash-o-color in women's shoes.

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    1. By George, I think they might be coral!

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  5. Only a number! I like your ideas better. My brooks are just powder blue, so sadly, no blog material there. I have to keep writing about naked politicians.

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    1. The naked politician line is quite large and growing(!) Maybe you could adopt a number system to keep them straight(!)

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  6. My daughters bought new running shoes in the States and they were so bright I had to put my shades on! I was a bit surprised that my eldest chose them as she's very "conservative" with her clothing, but her shoes make up for that!

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    1. You must be very proud! Not so bright in the UK?

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  7. Are those shoes Magenta? A pretty pink colour that was created by an artist who was painting the immense carnage at the Battle of Magenta (1859).

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    1. THAT's where the word comes from??

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  8. Color me boring, but my Brooks Ghosts GTX's only come in black. Maybe I can wear 'em with a rumpled suit and a teased hairdo (screams "ECCENTRIC GRANOLA GUY, COMING THROUGH!").

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    1. Yes, except the eccentric granola guys around here would probably wear the black shoes and nothing else.

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