A little over a year ago, I discovered something awesome—wear testing shoes for different companies. I read about it somewhere, applied, got accepted, and have been happy ever since.
Wear testing is great—I love getting a “behind the scenes” look at shoes. You really get to appreciate all of the thought, effort, and evaluation that goes into each pair of shoes. Things like shoelace length, heel collar height, sagging tongues, and colors all get tested and retested so that consumers can get a perfect experience once they buy the shoes.
What goes on in the mysterious world of wear testing, you ask? Basically, the company sends you the shoes with instructions on what to focus on while running. Every few weeks you complete a survey to let the company know how the shoes are holding up.
It sounds easy—and it is—but a lot of blood (literally) and sweat goes into testing. Sometimes just one thing about the shoe is slightly off, and that can lead to killer blisters, blood-stained socks, and miserable runs.
The companies also usually make you sign a contract saying that you can’t post anything about the shoes online. That’s the hardest part for me, since I have a tendency to profess my love or spew anger for products on my social media accounts. I’m really transparent (read: obnoxious) online.
Wear testing is fun, I get to be mysterious, I get free shoes, and runners get better experiences. Winning all around. So as Forrest Gump says, “That’s all I have to say about that.”