So you may know that REI has an incredible return policy – they will basically take ANYTHING back as long as you have proof of purchase, the item is in fairly decent condition and it’s within a year since you bought it.
In July I bought a new pair of Merrell hiking boots online because my Keens were pretty worn out. I wore them on a few day hikes and the 30 mile backpacking trip on the Old Loggers Path. The shoes seemed a bit narrow (I do not have wide feet so this seemed strange) but I figured they would stretch out after I broke them in a bit. Well they didn’t – after my trip on the Old Loggers Path, I NEVER had so many blisters on my feet in my life. It was awful – the entire inner sides of BOTH of my feet had massive blisters on them – from the tips of my big toes to my heel. It was nuts – and painful — and coincidentally how I decided on the name of my blog – I said to my family when I was done with the hike “I have never had so many blisters and bug bites in my life!” Then I thought – ‘Hmmm…that’s kinda catchy….sorta gross, but catchy!’ and TA DA! My blog was born!
ANYWAYS, the shoes were NOT working out – REI is sort of a far drive in usually a lot of traffic so I don’t get out there much, which is why I order things online, but we decided to take a trip up there over the weekend. I figured there was NO way they would take my shoes back – they were worn and I couldn’t find the box they came in, but I decided to give it a shot as there was no way I was gonna wear those shoes again. I brought them in feeling doubtful and sort of embarrassed to ask, but the REI employee said “No problem!” I couldn’t believe it!! Then became the hard task of deciding what to trade them in for – I literally want EVERYTHING in that store. I couldn’t find any new hiking shoes that I liked so I wandered around the store thinking, ‘I already have that…and that….and that…’
Then I saw the pair of snowshoes I have had my eye on since LAST year – oh so pretty! 🙂 I kept going back to them, then an employee asked if I wanted to try them on — well DUH! So I put them on and walked around on the carpet a bit – I was sold. Plus they were on sale! Then Kevin said, “You know as soon as you buy those it won’t snow for like 3 years right?” LOL! Well either way, they were coming home with me! I also got a really good deal on some microspikes – I thought they would be handy on icy trails that didn’t have a lot of snow, but may be slippery. BRING ON THE SNOW!!! 🙂
So it was a GREAT day – still need to find some new hiking boots – I’m thinking about Salomons, but not sure. Anyone have any suggestions of trail shoes they like?