When you love sneakers I think you tend to scan crowds to see what people are wearing. This is especially true at a place like Disney where people are trying to wear their most comfortable shoes because you’re walking all day and standing in lines for hours. So as I’m standing around waiting myself I check out shoes. I’d say that Asics had the upper-hand as far as popularity. Nike was a close second. Following them were Adidas and Pumas. Those wearing Pumas were almost always Spanish (from Spain) or European. They have a bigger market there. I saw some I had never seen before and many of their popular styles.
And of course I took photos when I could. I thought it was great to see so many different kinds. In the photo posted, the orange ones, are the new Voltaic III Running Shoes available at Journey’s. The man bought a pair in red/black and loved them. I tried on a pair but they fit too snug for my liking. The 6 1/2′s fit but felt too narrow. I tried on the 7′s but they slipped on my heel. So they were a no-go. But the orange pair really stood out at Disney. The guy walked by about five times. One time he looked at me weird. He must have seen me staring – it was definitely at his shoes and nothing else big guy!
I saw a bunch of little kids in Pumas too. They were so cute! The little girls all had their white and pink or purple Pumas and the boys had the black ones with the Velcro. I guess boys learn to tie their shoes later in life than girls (at least that’s the truth in my house). I was looking to buy my son some new Ferrari Pumas from Journeys but I couldn’t justify the price. They were just too much even though they were pretty beautiful. Journeys in Orlando had great Pumas – mostly the Ferrari and BMW styles. They didn’t carry Clydes or suedes for some reason. I know that the Journeys near me do not carry Pumas much at all.
I wore my Pumas all week. I had two pairs with me. One pair is older than the other and it was clear when I wore them one day. My feet hurt pretty quickly since they are worn down. The other pair were great! The cushion in the heel really was fantastic. You can see how cool they looked at Epcot. They aren’t the most stylish Pumas I own but it isn’t like I was going to wear suedes in an environment where people could be stepping on them or dirt would be on them. With these shoes, I just need to wipe them off and they are good to go. As an aside, I bought these Pumas for $25 from Kids Footlocker. It pays to have small feet!