Ah January, time for the yearly trip to and blog post about Melfe’s Shoes in Ilion, NY. Every January they offer a free t-shirt with purchase, so every January I get new shoes, which, by the way, my employer pays for. It is a perk for which my feet and I are grateful.
I like to go first thing Saturday morning, when there is less likely to be a crowd, although I know the staff is good at handling a lot of customers in a short time. I realize this is not the best time to shop for shoes. After work when my feet are nice and swollen might be better. However, I had on work socks and figured I could make allowances for morning feet.
When I walked in and announced I was there for my annual work boots, Vicki, who has waited on me before, said, “You get the newbie, David.”
We walked over to the women’s section, and I started trying on shoes. As I put on shoes and walked around, Vicki asked me how I was and how things have been. I told her I wanted to get my husband back in for another pair of shoes. Last year, we purchased him a nice pair, which he really needs, since he works on his feet all day. I don’t see why I should be the only one in the family that gets new shoes every year.
I quickly made my decision, and got two pair. I do like to switch off shoes, giving each pair a chance to air out for a day. I picked a blue t-shirt. They were also offering hats, but I knew I would get more wear out of a t-shirt. I was delighted with my visit, and I am happy to give Melfe’s another shout-out.
Melfe’s Shoes is located at 64 Central Ave., Ilion, 315-894-4049. Their website is http://www.melfes.com/.