I knew I needed new "gym" shoes when I started working out regularly...that was a year ago. Plus, I cannot remember when I bought these shoes. I think I may have moved into our house with them (gasp!) 11 years ago. I don't know if it was spending the money that deterred me, or maybe it was because I LOVE my old beat up kicks (that's what the kids call them, right?) They fit like feet gloves, even the shoelaces have a fabric version of muscle memory and tie the same way every time. But alas, when Gorilla Tape is needed to hold the old deformed rubber together, and water seeps in through the soles (and not because of some newfangled design structure) it's time to retire them. A different pair tried to replace these a few years ago, but after filling them with my blood (from blisters, not some weird shoe ritual), I decided they were not for me and went back to Old Faithful.
Does this mean I have to throw the old ones away? Say no, say no!!! I could use them for something, right?