It’s 7:30 p.m. and I’m looping the parking lot of the expansive outdoor mall searching for ANOTHER shoe store. I’ve already been in two. Alas, I have giant feet. Still, me and my giant feet need a pair of shoes for the conference next week.
I pull into the parking lot of a shoe store that is just about out of my price range. I’ll just take a quick look.
I might walk out after seeing the price tag on a pair of shoes, but as it turns out, they have the very pair of Dankso Mary Janes I’ve been drooling over for the past four years. The store is deserted and the manager is giving me the hard sell. Reluctantly, I agree to try on a couple pairs of shoes.
Nine pairs of shoes later, and after watching me pull up my “no show” dress socks for the 100th time, the manager tells me he has the solution to my sock problem. I’m skeptical. Every shoe store claims to have no show socks that really stay up, but we all know these don’t exist. It’s like telling me he knows where I can get a unicorn.
I finally settle on a pair of shoes that are arguably within my price range and I agree that I’d better buy another pair of no show socks. He selects a pair of merino wool, no show socks that he swears by. Then he says he will show me a way to wear them so they CAN’T fall off. I’m intrigued, but skeptical. I watch as he opens the socks, but instead of handing them to me, he removes the inserts from my new shoes, puts the socks on the inserts, and replaces them. He tells me that this way, I get the benefit of wearing socks, but I won’t have to adjust them and they certainly won’t show.
I ask him why I haven’t read this tip in a blog. He shrugs.
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