When I first made the decision to begin losing weight, I went out and bought a pedometer. It was an Omron and I could clip it on my belt or stick it in my pocket. Not always convenient because on occasion the clip would shimmy it’s way off my belt and drop onto a hiking trail, leaving me reduced to retracing my steps until I’d find it lying amidst wood chips and poison ivy. Worse yet, there was the time where I watched it bounce around the floor of a public bathroom (yes, into the next stall) while trying to adjust my pants (I can sense the chill up your spine, fellow germaphobes!) If the thing had gone into the toilet, my days of wearing a pedometer may have been completely over.
Even though I loved wearing a pedometer I didn’t want to have to worry about carrying a one on my hip, in my purse, in my pocket or anywhere else. I wanted to wear a pedometer where it made the most sense to me: on my shoe. They make those, right?
Apparently, they do!
It’s called a shoe odometer and Amazon had them for sale before I left for vacation last month. Sadly, now they’re out of stock, and according to the maker’s website the company is now out of business. I thought this idea was brilliant because not only can you forget the thing altogether but you can also use it to log how many miles you’ve used your shoes and can therefore keep better track of when you need to start searching for a new pair.
So, I am still on the search. I think I’d like to begin wearing one again but it’s been years since I’ve bought one. I’m sure they must make them with more bells and whistles than mine has. Nike carries something similar but I believe it’s specifically geared towards running than general step counting. Does anyone own one of these or something similar to this idea? Are there other shoe pedometers out there that I just don’t know about?