Kristen @ runforwine.net brought up some interesting concerns on my recent post about getting my new shoes on Amazon. She said:
“I think it kinda sucks that you have your running store do the work and then order it online 😦 Maybe you support your running store in other ways. It just makes me cringe when I see people promoting this.”
She was afraid it was going to sound bitchy, but I totally got what she was saying.
Let me clarify a few things (This post is going to be a bit wordy; bear with me):
– I mentioned that I had my gait analyzed at a running store in San Diego. What I failed to mention was that this was well over a year ago. The product of having my gait analyzed by them was my beloved Mizuno Wave Nirvana 6’s. I proudly bought my shoes from them along with about 5 million other things. They definitely got their monies worth.
– I mentioned that I bought from Amazon because they were cheaper. While this is valid, there were also many other reasons. My local running store is TINY! They do not have any machines to test your gait or anything like that. They also have a very small selection of shoes. Instead of buying my shoes from them, I buy all my sport beans and some apparel. There is a running store I could go to, but it is quite a drive. Since I already knew the shoes I needed, Amazon seemed like the way to go.
– I love Amazon, for more reasons than one. I buy everything from groceries to birthday presents from them. It is a company that I will continue to support in the coming years.
– I’m a cheap ass that loves a good deal.
All those reasons and more made Amazon seem like the most logical place for me to get my shoes.
Regardless of my reasons, this brings up an interesting point. When is okay to buy your shoes online versus buying from your local running store? Was I total scum for buying my shoes from an online store? What about people that really can’t afford to spend the big bucks at running store? Are they disappointing the running loyalty gods for foregoing the pricey specialty stores?
My opinion is this: Support your local running store when you can. If you have them fit you for shoes, then you owe it to them to buy at least one pair of shoes from them. After that it’s every (wo)man for themselves. Do whatever is best for you.
What do you think? I am doomed to running hell for buying my shoes on Amazon?