Earlier this week I bought the Hoka Speedgoat 2 trail running shoes at Gary Gribble’s in Topeka. They were pricey, but they have all the support I’m looking for while also providing the feeling of walking on a bouncy cloud. Plus they look awesome!
I paid $20-$25 more for these shoes than I would have if I’d ordered them online. And I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Why? Because of the value Gary Gribble’s employees bring to the shopping experience.
From the moment you walk into the store, the friendly team at Gary Gribble’s is there to help you find the right shoe for you. They care about the fit and how you feel in them. They care whether they’re a good option for your intended use. They know the shoes they sell aren’t cheap, and the people buying their shoes aren’t your average couch potato. They want you to walk (or run, since they’re a running store) away with the best-feeling shoes they can provide. And if they can’t find that pair of shoes for you, they’ll tell you.
Everyone knows I’m a digital girl. I love ordering things online – it’s easy, and it’s fun to get stuff in the mail. But quite frankly, online purchases simply can’t stack up to the in-person service experience you get when you visit Gary Gribble’s.
This November my husband, myself and another couple that enjoys outdoor adventures are hiking down into the Grand Canyon to visit Havasupai Falls for three days. During that time, we anticipate logging roughly 50 miles of hiking, and a good chunk of that will entail carrying a 35-pound pack on my back. No helicopters. No mules. No guides. Just good ol’ fashioned backcountry backpacking.
What does this mean? Good shoes (and socks) are critical. And a solid backpack, but I’ll save that for another post.
**Update to this post. After wearing these shoes inside for awhile (just as the manager at Gary Gribble’s suggested), I decided they weren’t for me. The fit wasn’t quite right and caused a weird numbness with shooting pain in the balls of my feet. So I took them back and the folks at Gary Gribble’s helped me find a pair that better fit my feet. Check out these babies:
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated or compensated by Gary Gribble’s. Just a fan girl. I purchased my first pair of running shoes there two years ago. I swear I will never go anywhere else.