i wanted to want this shoe!

this past week, we got a snazzy new shoe in at the store:

for men…

…and for women…

meet the special canadian edition of the new balance 890V2!!

it’s pretty exciting to be able to offer this shoe – new balance has committed to donating 15% of net sales of this model to supporting our olympic athletes.

reid coolsaet – he will be representing canada at the olympics this summer in the marathon!!

[remember when i met reid? haha, sorry, i know i post that link a lot, but it was just too terribly exciting an experience!!].

i ♥ special edition shoes. yes, i fall for the marketing ploys very easily. but don’t you agree this shoes look great?!

i wore these 890s for an hour in order to see how they felt.

view from the top…

A+ for looks!

unfortunately, in typical nb fashion, they felt as hard as rocks and as flat as pancakes light and minimally cushioned. (and there goes any hope i ever have of getting sponsored by new balance…). [please note, as always, opinions expressed are my own and nb did not ask me to review this shoe!]. following the trend of designing shoes with a more minimalist feel, the 890Vs has a heel height of 8mm (as opposed to 12 mm) and i really felt a pronounced drop under the toes. the shoe feels quite low to the ground, as a result.

however, to each their own, and if you are a new balance fan and are looking for a light, neutral special edition 890, give this shoe a whirl!!!

so, as much as i would love to support our canadian marathoners by purchasing this shoe, i will refrain. but i will be eagerly watching the olympic marathon, come race day! mom and dad -> consider your tv booked NOW!



[aren’tcha glad i am not going to talk about #1 or #2…sorry, bathroom humour never gets old…kinda like jokes about nuts and balls].

since i have been wearing my pink CEP and my black CW-X compression socks non-stop (to work, to run, to shop, to lie around on the floor…) i decided that i desperately needed wanted to add a third pair to the sock rotation. i am telling you, summer 2012 is going to go down as the year of the knee sock.

white was most definitely the colour to get in order to enable fashionable co-ordination with outfits. i thought i’d try yet a different brand of compression sock, just to be fun. i narrowed my choices down to two options:

sugoi on the L and asics on the R

after giving each sock a try-on, i went with…

the asics kinsei compression sock!

they fit tighter than the sugoi sock – that was the deciding factor because both brands were very comfortable.

my impression after one week of wearing the asics: this sock is the least compression-y of the three brands. but i do like how the different colours highlight the changes in design, and fabric strength and weave. these retail for $49.99 [i did pay less, thanks to my employee discount] which places them at the mid-range price for compression socks. [here is my honest, professional advice if you are considering compression socks: make the financial commitment/investment and go for the top-of-the-line CEP socks. the extra money is worth it because when you are wearing the CEPs, you can totally feel the support].

i am going to really try to stop buying compression socks now. oooo, but did you know that you can also buy compression CALF SLEEVES -> just like socks, except there is no foot. so you can wear them with any sock. we carry adidas and saucony at the stores…so so tempting!…

if you were going to be sponsored, which company would you be proud to wear and promote? i have a whole list!

  • shoes: brooks or nike
  • apparel: lululemon
  • food: nature’s path or kellogg’s cereals; egg farmers of ontario; diet coke
  • massage therapy: anyone. ANYONE. anyone????!


30 day photo challenge: day #2 = what i wore today yesterday

[since i post my blog entries first thing i the morning, i am sharing what i wore yesterday].

this type of self-portrait IS a challenge to fit in the head-to-toe dimensions – this shot was take #3!

  • three pairs of silver hoop earrings, timex watch, brown hair clip, necklace with orange pendant,
  • white nike tech shirt
  • red staff shirt for the store
  • black MEC tights
  • wigwam brand ankle socks
  • *neon* nike free running shoes

this ensemble represents a pretty standard day!

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  • Zo  On June 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

    strivingcynic cat can be sponsored by Whiskas, no problem. I could be sponsored by Celestial Seasonings or Vitaminwater. Target could totally sponsor me (and trader joe’s!).
    Too bad the shoes didn’t work for you…interesting since you’re more educated than the average consumer on athletic shoes…I think if I tried them on I’d just know they didn’t feel right…but wouldn’t be able to pinpoint it as well.
    I always have problems trying to take head to toe self portraits…I end up cutting something off.

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

      i love your sponsorship choices, zo! and definitely, sc kittie needs a sponsor, too! it’s ok to just go by “this feels great!” ” this feels uncomfortable!” when choosing a shoe! i find people just *know* when they find the right shoe!

  • Lisa  On June 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Ok, I’d have to be sponsored by Athleta. No wait. Lululemon. It would have to be both.

    Interesting about the shoes…..I dislike NB. I’m more of a Mizuno girl (although my feet have been aching lately, but that could be from too much jumping rope and not the shoes’ fault).

    Fun post, my friend.

    Note: check is on its way to you!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      lisa, i have no athleta wear! scandalous, i know, but tough to find in canada! i have a friend who orders online, drives down to the states to pick up her order from a postal outlet! mizuno shoes: fantastically light and efficient, but not the most cushioned feel, so YES, jumping + mizunos could very well cause some aches or soreness! let’s see what arrives first – the chq or the blanket!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On June 2, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Is “free” the name of the style of your sneakers or did you get them for free?! Free shoes would be great and considering where you work, there might have been some special deal…Love the new socks, you truly are the Sock Queen!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      fran, i have received shoes for free in the past, but not this time! i have five pairs of the style of shoe called the nike free and they are sooo comfortable – i would love to receive a pair of frees, free! i have to discipline myself or else i would come home with a VERY small paycheque!!

  • Stacie  On June 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Athletic clothes rule–too bad the red shoes did not work out. Have a nice weekend!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

      stacie, i happily live in fitness wear pretty much 24/7! so comfy! happy weekend to you, too!

  • Ele  On June 2, 2012 at 5:46 am

    now that’s a shoe! and it’s red! Awesome!

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