Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wear testing

The other day, I stumbled across a comment on a blog, where someone mentioned that they were a "wear tester" for a shoe company and therefore got to try out different styles of shoes. I'd never heard of such a thing. Wear tester? Trying out free shoes? (Turns out you have to send most of them back, but might get to keep some.) Better get to googling.

As it turns out, there are a few major shoe companies that have wear testing programs. The two that come up most immediately with an internet search are Brooks and New Balance - and I immediately applied for them. Pearl Izumi also has a program, but they aren't accepting applications for it right now.

That was a couple weeks ago, and I just got an email from New Balance saying they were sorry, but they don't wear test shoes in my size. (But with a 10% coupon for their online store attached, which was a classy touch.) I guess test shoes don't come in 13s. Oh well. Haven't heard back from Brooks yet, but I'm assuming it'll be a similar story - unless Brooks is going to try to cater to the large-footed runner out there.

Anyway - has anyone else had any experience with these programs? Are they a good deal, an interesting way to try out a bunch of different types of shoes, or what?

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