1. So much research. Cross-trainers, running shoes, CrossFit shoes, Nike, New Balance, Adidas—how can you be sure you have the right ones?
Scouring the Internet for reviews (and cute Instagrams) is the first step. Also included? Staring at people's feet too intensely at the gym, on the street, etc.
2. When you go to try them on, you do all these weird jumps, pretend to run, and try to imagine you're working out.
But everyone in the store stares at you as if sneakers aren't supposed to be used for physical activity.
3. When you finally decide on a pair, the bargain shopping begins.
This may or may not include visiting several sporting good stores, shoe stores, and online shopping for hours to find the absolute best price. Where are my coupons?!
4. The day you finally get them in the mail/bring them home is the most magical day ever.
It's basically Christmas morning. (But you're also tempted to never wear them so they stay pristine.)
5. And the first time you wear them to work out...
*cue invincibility feels*
6. But suddenly you're wondering if you made the right choice.
Should I have gotten a size up? These laces feel weird. I'm going to regret this forever.
7. But the feeling soon passes, and you're back to feeling fly AF and have the best workout in a long time.
Your feet are going so much higher on those leg lifts because you just want a better view of your sneaks.
8. And you swear everyone in the gym is staring at your new shoes, thinking, "Wow, look at those kicks."
How could they not.
9. When you actually get a compliment on them?
Death by happiness.
10. That is, until you see someone walk by with an even cooler, newer pair.
...Aaaaaand it's back to the hunt. Can I afford another pair yet?