So, yes, as per my status I went shoe shopping. My running shoes were bought in October right after the Oktoberfest 5k I did. I've been wearing them daily since - to work and to work out. (Thankfully not an issue at work that has come up.)
Turns out they were long past needing to replace. He showed me how to squeeze the ball of the shoe and see how much it gave. It's supposed to flex toe upward, but not the sides toward each other. My old ones were pretty much much and flexed almost in half. Given my usage, I was told I probably need to replace my shoes more at the 4-month mark.
Tried on a few different pairs, and ended up in the same shoe but different color and half a size larger. I have the unfortunate situation of having one foot (my right) a full half-size larger than the left. The fact that my LEFT toe managed to wear through the top portion of the shoe under a mesh was a pretty good indication they were a little small.
Sooooo, I'm wearing a men's 9 (US) shoe instead of a men's 8-1/2. The two primary things that put me into men's shoes are the heel cup (many of the women's shoes pinch the sides of my heel) and the width of the ball. Neither of those is weight-related - I've always had to be picky about women's shoes, leaning into 10W or 10-1/2 and avoiding certain styles. In addition, the position of the arch is better in the men's shoes.
Following that, I decided to go pick up some dressier shoes for work - to be able to use my running shoes ONLY for walking and working out. I didn't find anything quite that I had in mind, but picked up my first pair of cute heels that I've owned in ........... uh ....... I have no idea when I last wore dressier women's shoes. I hate nylons, so I nixed them many years ago.
I guess all my shirts are so colorful now that I went for very neutral shoes:
I have black dress socks and only wear slacks, so the plan is that combination at work with the running shoes in my gym bag.
*whistles innocently* I wonder who will be the first to notice my height. Of the others who work in the office regularly, one guy is taller than me, one guy is shorter, and the three girls are all notably shorter (even when they have heels on). The fun of being 5'7-3/4", which the heels will push past 5'10". Teehee.
I have another analogy idea percolating in my head for a future blog. A tree, of all things.
Oh, and a picture of me with my new glasses on and one of the new shirts. I don't even remember why I took this one.
Back to trying to get at least somewhat caught up on blogs.