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June 6th, 2006
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Grumble...
First, to my friends who knew gblake, I'm sorry that I didn't know him--or at most knew him in that vague "you look familiar, did we talk about Life, the Universe, and Everything at a party last year?" way. My condolences to his friends and family. 37 is too young--and to survive a lung transplant, and then to die of complications of surgery for acid reflux--it just seems so sad.

My "tragedy" is nowhere near that scope. Perhaps my Retail Maven friend dindin, or another of the DC Locals can answer this one. Where can you buy Ecco around this town? My beloved Black Eccos have suffered Catastrophic Heel Failure--complete delamination of the outboard right edge from front to back. In fact, it looks like there is literally a ragged "chunk" missing from the bottom of the heel at least a quarter inch wide at the front and expanding to nearly a half inch at the back. I should take a picture, because I can't for the life of me figure out what could cause such drastic destruction without me noticing!

Despite the years (owenthomas do you remember when you or Greg turned me on to Ecco?) these shoes have stood up to the worst I could offer...anyone who knows me knows that I'm rough on shoes, inside and out. I liked these shoes so much I'd actually [don't freak, my friends] POLISH them myself! I know...boggles the mind, doesn't it?

Okay, off to work in my Black Shoes That Aren't Ecco's But Do Okay But Certainly Are Not So Nice That I Know Or Care What Brand They Are...

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From:songwind
Date:June 6th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
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I know where you can get Ecco in the Twin Cities. Come visit. :)

Rockport makes a very nice dress shoe, too, if you want to investigate a different brand.
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From:prettypammie
Date:June 10th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
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See, now if we had moved to Eau Claire instead of VA, this would have just been a couple hour drive. Two cities nearby, instead of just one, and lovely inexpensive real estate in the country with a small town!
Well, happypete if the commute gets to be too much for you...

-P
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From:happypete
Date:June 10th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)

I like Rockports, too...

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I just don't want to live in Eau Claire.

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From:phoenix_glow
Date:June 6th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
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Shopping on-line might be your way to go. I get much of my shoes and clothes off the internet. The only annoying thing with getting things thru the mail is not being able to try them on ahead of time, but once you know a manufacturer and know what your size is with them, it gets much easier!
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From:puzzledance
Date:June 6th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
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I would try Comfort One Shoes.
From:iuciddream
Date:June 6th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)

Funny you should mention it

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I just decided I hate shopping now, especially with two kids. It's just too much of a hassle. I JUST bought a GREAT pair of Eccos at zappos.com a couple weeks ago. They have free shipping both ways in case you have to return something, and the shoes were here in about three days.
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From:mattblum
Date:June 6th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
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There's an Ecco store in Reston Town Center, near Busara and Morton's. There's also one in Fairfax, and JC Comfort Shoes in Reston sells Ecco. DSW also usually has a few pairs of Ecco around, and they're cheaper than most places.

You can also use this page to find a place really close to you.
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From:wombat1138
Date:June 6th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
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Are your Ecco tops still in good enough shape that you could get them resoled? I've never used this particular company (Ecco lists them as their only authorized resoler), but I've had several pairs of shoes (mostly the wombat-consort's) to the analogous Rockport resolers, and the shoes came back with happy new soles that were perfectly identical to the originals-- it was like having new shoes with the tops already broken in.

Sierra Trading Post usually has some Ecco-- based on the current results from the searchbox in the upper left corner, they have about ten different Ecco styles of men's shoes right now, plus some bonus boots and sandals.
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From:owenthomas
Date:June 6th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
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I'd be shocked if you couldn't find them at Macy's and Nordstrom. (Our local Macy's carries them, but then again, it is a flagship store, not the tawdry, run-of-the-mill mall Macy's you suburbanites have to live with.)

I think wombat1138's suggestion of getting them resoled is an excellent one. I recently had a pair of Greg's shoes resoled and he was ecstatically happy with the results. It's an especially good solution if Ecco no longer makes the particular style you like.
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