I’m on a nice roll at the store!

After having the fun of receiving a $40 Amex Card – and then deciding how to spend it – I was also fortunate enough to win a pair of flipflops, recently!

They arrived a few days ago, much sooner than anticipated. I β™₯ unexpected treats!

They are the SOLE Platinum Sandals:

Here are their features, as described by the manufacturer:

  • a custom orthopedic fit [the word orthopedic always makes me think of 80 year olds!]
  • a moldable footbed
  • auto-adapting arch support
  • metatarsal [under your front toes] support pad
  • deep heel cup.

as seen on my UNPEDICURED feet

definitely contoured to the soles of my feet...

I gave them their first test drive on Thursday when I was out and about with Mom and Dad (more on that in a minute). Since then, I’ve been wearing them around the condo building.

My impressions:

These sandals are definitely supportive to the bottoms of my feet. They’re not quite of the calibre of Birkenstocks (Birkies are softer) but are more substantial than your average thongs. The heel is sculpted, the arch support is definitive, the toe bed roomy. I would best describe them as sturdy.

The left foot fits perfectly. Unfortunately, on the right foot, the top of the thong is putting pressure on the top of my foot. It doesn’t hurt, but it’s not super-comfortable. This is not a flaw in the footwear, rather a defect in my foot shape! πŸ˜€

By now, you know I love footwear. And, I don’t know if you remember this situation or not, but back in February, I broke my favourite condo-wearing flipflops. The ones I’ve been wearing since are cheap and VERY flippy and it’s likely a good idea for me to retire them before I twist an ankle on the stairs, some day.

I’ve anointed the SOLE flipflops as the NEW condo-wearing sandals. If I can break them in a little/loosen them up, I’ll wear them out and about, too. Yes – the best summary right now is to say that the sandals need to soften up, be broken in. They are very well constructed, so I predict a long lifespan ahead!

**Full Disclosure: I received these flipflops for free. Sole did not ask me to review them, and all opinions are my own.

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As alluded to in yesterday’s post, I did end up completing the Outing of the Month with both Mom and Dad on Thursday. This month just escaped us in terms of organizing full-fledged outings, so as we did back in March, we compromised.

The three of us convened at Matter of Taste for an afternoon break:

i didn't even have a coffee! it was a perrier kind of day!

Then Mom and I went across the mall hall (literally) to this shop:

photo taken from a distance to show off the wares!

Mom had asked me to accompany her to search out a new bra. Necessity triumphed over just fun shopping this month, we decided.

Sadly, we struck out big time. Mom and I wandered around Just For You a full ten minutes and during that time, NOT ONE of the three sales associates approached us to offer assistance. Heck, no one even said hello. Yes, there were three other customers in the store – that’s no excuse. As a retail sales associate myself, I was horrified, quite frankly, and feel I’m qualified to be harsh in my assessment. Growing more and more peeved (we needed assistance as they only place one size of each bra style out on display), we finally just walked out.

Mom and I did have fun poking about a few other stores in the mall, but the inexcusably poor service at Just For You soured us on ever wanting to go back. Poor Mom will be bra-less! πŸ™‚

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Your preference: flipflops or sandals? I love flipflops which have the thong strap between the big toe and the second toe – it keeps my feet from sliding forward overly much. And I love making a sharp, staccato ‘thwack‘ with each step!

What do you do when you receive incredibly bad service from a retailer? Mom has decided to take her bra business elsewhere. And I’m providing negative publicity (virtual word-of-mouth?) via the blog!

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  • Gina Unger  On June 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Nice flip flops – you’re getting some great deals working at the store! LOVE thongs… have many pairs of varied colours.
    As for the sales associate and their business… I do the same thing as you (providing negative publicity when they’re way out of line like that). I try hard not to be a person who focuses on negative experiences, but, like you, having been in sales, etc. in a variety of places in the past, I am always aware of how the sales person/waitress, etc. SHOULD be acting when they’re not. (just had a recent experience where I was shocked at the behaviour!) I should add that I’m quick to note and appreciate really GOOD service, too! πŸ™‚

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      thanks for the reminder, g! yes – it’s important to acknowledge excellent service, too! golftown in kitchener is the BEST – i go there for gifts for dad, knowing nothing, and they always are very helpful! lovely that it’s flipflop season now – hopefully you can wear a different pair daily!

  • Lisa  On June 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Nice flops! I love the flops that are a little more supportive, but they often need a little more breaking in. I’ve definitely made the mistake of not doing that in the past…and my poor feet have surely suffered πŸ™‚

    I’m definitely all about the flops (vs. sandals!)

    I am always surprised when sales associates don’t “do” anything, or when they act like I’m bothering them by asking a question (asking them to do their job). I definitely don’t return to stores that make me feel that way!

    Glad you had time with your mom, even if her bra search was unsuccessful!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      i know! it’s almost comical when sales staff huff and puff and act like it’s a *big job* to answer questions or find a size…hello, is that not the purpose of your job?! yea for summer (flipflop season for us northerners!)

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