Sunday, August 30, 2009

My New Shoes

Dear Puma;

I find your shoes really comfortable. I love how the heel area cups my heels and helps me fight that pesky tendonitis I've battled for years. I love that they have a roomy toe box for my wide, man toes. I love the cushion, love the bounce, love the spring in my stride when I wear a new pair. I bought a new pair yesterday. I buy the Complete Magnetist III because that is what I prefer for road running. The box alone is really funny. There's the bar code that is twisted and torn apart from the "puma" jumping out of it (har, har). There's the size comparison chart on the back (my foot is larger than a chopstick but smaller than a small french stick -- what's that??) which I think is pretty funny. Then there's the odd, but funny, message on the inside of the box about how I should recycle this box by using it, "as a container for useless stuff you really should have chucked out by now." And then the label on the inside that states, "We know what we're doing. People in magazines wear this stuff. Fashion people, sporty people. People who don't have to wear a suit everyday. So, we know it works." This brings me to my point. How can such a funny company make shoes this unattractive? Are you working too hard in your advertising and shoe-fitting departments to hire a dude to check the color schemes? Below is a photo of the current Complete Magnetist III. It's actually much more neon/hot pink and the silver really sparkles. I'm mentioning it to you, Puma-people, because I'm sure you didn't see this or you would have never let it out of the warehouse. Please don't send any more of this shoe to Alaska and if you do, make sure that Skinny Raven Sports also buys the other color ways. And, if you should need a quality control tester, color analyzer, or bad-colored-shoe killer, let me know. I'm probably available.

Regards,
Dawn


The new and improves Complete Magnetist III. Yipppppppeeeeeeeeee. Now I'll have day-glo pink shoes and no one will hit me with a semi. And yes, that's silver faux reptilian pleather. What isn't pink is silver reptile skin. They really are comfortable, and hysterical. It's funny that I bought them too. It makes me laugh every time I see someone when I run. They must think I'm crazy.

13 comments:

Sue said...

I hope you have put this in the mail - I think they need the feedback!

kiltsnquilts said...

Hey, shoes that are comfy AND make you laugh - thats a first! Don't tell them that bit or they may make them even funnier!!! Lol! I also hope you mail this to them, if nothing else it will make them laugh too!

Helen said...

I've just been told I must wear orthotics and am not very excited about wearing them only with tennis shoes. I'm looking for comfortable "pretty" shoes. Wish me luck!

Sandra said...

I think they're cute.

Beats the blah colors one sees everywhere else in running shoes.

Besides, they're supposed to perform well, looks are the least important thing in running shoes.

And... they match the background of your blog, smarty-pants (har, har)!

Sewfast said...

I believe running gear should be functional and fun! I heart Pumas too!

Sally said...

Don't see too many Pumas on runners down here -- all Asics, Brooks, and Saucony. I'm not a runner, but my daughter swears by those for her daily running and marathons. They are a little less "flashy" too. :)

Love your letter! I hope you mailed it.

Tamara said...

Fun is good! Why be boring with regular old white shoes while you run.

Paulette said...

Totally digging the shoe color...hey, it matches my hair!! :)

Becky said...

I am with you at least about the bright silver. I hat seeing that everywhere on sport shoes. Cycling shoes with that??? blleeechh. And the even scarier part is knowing that the colors of sports clothes this year is the color of home decor next year.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading your letter...you should send it to Puma, to make sure they read it...very good...

Marybeth said...

I like them :)))

Karen said...

Hmmm, these shoes actually hit that level of "so-ugly-they're-actually-pretty." I like shoes (or clothing) that make me smile just because, so I say wear them with pride - and send the letter, because it was almost as much fun as your shoes.

Dana said...

Hi! I just discovered your blog and have read most of it, I'm such a fan! That's so interesting that you have tendonitis as well--I've had tendonitis in my achilles tendon for the past 3 years or so, have had physical therapy for it when it got really bad so I couldn't walk, the whole shebang. Do puma shoes usually work well for you? (This is so lame that my first question isn't even about sewing, but I promise that's what I'll usually reply about! ;P ) I have inserts that I just put into all my shoes, but I have a hard time finding shoes that fit without extra 'help' from me, usually with one or more types of inserts (except my hiking boots, which cost an arm and a leg and are awesome). I guess I'm just wondering what shoes usually work well for you, and how you deal with the tendonitis since you run so much? (I run as well, but definitely not as much as you--just one mile at a time, three days a week).

I'm excited to see your new jacket, by the way! I love your attention to detail in all your pieces! :)