A Farewell Letter to Some Loyal Friends

17 Oct

Dear New Balances,

Friday was a sad day for us. We left the gym and were welcomed by a vibrant sunset. With a refreshing high off of our energetic workout, we set out to the main road to briskly walk through sidewalks, gravel, dirt and waist-high plants on our usual walk home. Just as we left the parking lot, tragedy struck. I felt myself step on something large under my left foot. I looked down, and your sole had bended backwards and was hanging loosely off.

Sorry, I can't stand up without the dogs immediately gathering around.

Unsure of what to do, I continued walking, lifting my left foot high in the air with every step, hoping it was dark enough that the people in the passing cars wouldn’t notice me half goose-stepping my way down the road. After a difficult 20-minute walk, we made it home. You helped me with one final adventure as I tried to clean the flooded kitchen with a broken squeegee (note to self: buy functioning floor squeegee), then we walked upstairs and I kicked you off my feet one last time.

Ten years. You’ve seen me through high school gym classes, mission trips to Belize and Acapulco, my move to Mexico, and countless trips to the gym. You’ve had your soles super-glued back on, and still managed to look almost new. Sadly, it seems our time has come to an end.

I bought some new shoes yesterday. They’re lovely, but not quite the same. Maybe in time, I’ll feel the same bond and magic as I did with you.

They're Nikes. I hope you're not offended.

We had a nice run. (pun intended)

Love always,



10 Responses to “A Farewell Letter to Some Loyal Friends”

  1. Ashlie October 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    R.I.P. tennis shoes (pun intended) 🙂

  2. KfromMichigan October 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    TEN YEARS !!!! I think you are overdue for a new pair!

  3. Ang October 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Nice new kicks!
    RIP NB’s 😦

  4. DM October 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    LOL I Love that you made a post about your shoes. You’ve really had them 10 years? They would seem like old friends to me too!

  5. Nikki October 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Oh my gosh, 10 years Laura? Really? I’m surprised you still have knees!

    • Laura in Cancun October 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

      HAHAHA I used them a bit in high school, but then for years they weren’t used very much at all until I started working out in January. So… yes they’re old, but they haven’t been used as much as one might think.

  6. Kathryn October 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Ten years? Oh my gosh! Well, at least they lived a long and fruitful life! 🙂 It is sad to see your old friends go, though, even shoes!

  7. Julie M. October 20, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    I swear, some shoes just have a soul don’t they? They lived a good life and brought you lots of memories. Those new shoes look ready to run!

  8. Tori October 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    I am checking your Blog late. If you still have them and you don’t want to let them go, take them to the shoe repair man in Market 28. : )

  9. GRRRL TRAVELER November 1, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    When i read this, I laughed out loud. I know the feeling of parting with running shoes that have taken you everywhere. But I have to say your new friends are pretty spank!

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