Wednesday, April 11, 2012

For you, ladies - Ahnu Shoe Giveaway from Onlineshoes.com


So, you may think that I constantly live in running shoes, and that awesome sock tan line I'm sporting (in early April to boot) might tell a story to confirm this, but there are times, believe it or not, that I actually don't wear running shoes.  Especially in spring and summer, when I like my toesies to get a little vitamin D and feel the fresh air.  I know, shocker, but it's true.

You guys know I'm not a big giveaway-er on this blog; I've always wanted to create a blog that feels like a journal, to blab away about my running journey; a place we can talk about running and what it signifies on every level.  But when onlineshoes.com contacted me to see if I'd do a shoe review for the super cute Ahnu Shoes, and a giveaway to you - my precious, loyal readers - I knew I had to do it.

'Cause I LOVE these shoes.  And I want to share the love.  I'm just nice like that.  And besides, these shoes are awesome to slip on after a long, hard run - they feel incredible.  So yeah, they are running related, in a sense :).

Ahnu may not be a well-known name to everyone.  Yet.  But I first saw these shoes at REI a couple years ago and knew if REI carries them then that indicates the name must be good and the shoes are well-made.  According to Ahnu's website:

Ahnu footware focuses on outdoor performance and convenience, with men's and women's styles ranging from water sports to casual exploration.

People, they make EVERYTHING.  From sandals to exploration hiking footwear, Ahnu has the shoe.

I was given these Ahnu Karma shoe to test out. They are a slip-on style flat made of full-grain leather.  I chose the Mood Indigo color.  Super cute, huh?


So here's my thoughts on the shoes after I wore them all day to Easter dinner with my family.
  • They are really, really cute.  I LOVE to wear all my long pants rolled up to just above my ankles and these were the perfect shoe to compliment the rolled pant look.
That's that darn sock tan line again.  :/
  • The foamy foot padding is really squishy and feels awesome on my tired, achy running feet (did I mention enough times to you all that my feet are just so achy lately?!?!  If not, I'll be sure to bring that up again in future posts.  You're welcome!).  
  • Ya'll know I went through that 2-year heel nightmare.  I learned in that process that I MUST, MUST, MUST wear flat shoes to strengthen my toe muscles.  These do the trick.
  • The back heel is stretchy and does not bother my Achilles, like many other flat shoes do (they're too stiff.  These are not).
  • At first wear, I had a bit of rubbing on the outside of my foot along the arch.  But after I wore them for about 20 minutes, that went away and I never again had anything nagging at me.
LOVE these shoes.  Love, love, love 'em!

And they can be yours, my friends.  Awesome Onlineshoes.com wants to give YOU, one lucky reader of mine, a free pair of the same style.  You can chose from many different colors and of course, you don't even have to order a monster size 9's like me, you can order your own size.  How cool is that?!?!  Unless you WANT to order another size 9 in different color than blue and give them to me....my birthday is next week and all.  Or, if you want to keep them for yourself, I'll take other forms of birthday gifts or gift cards, if you just feel you must.

So here's the low-down rules to enter.  Very simple:
- Giveaway only to residents in the lovely U.S. of A.  Sorry about that to all your faithful friends across the big blue pond (you are still welcome to send me birthday gifts of any sorts, though).
-  Be a blog follower of mine and leave me a comment below telling me you are and why you would like to be entered to win.

That's it.  I like to make things super easy, I am way too lazy to do much more.  

Giveaway deadline ends at midnight, April 19th (that's my birthday, in case I may not have mentioned my birthday is next week.  Plenty of time to get out and get those gifts in the mail!).  I'll use Random.org to pick the lucky winner and let you know next week.  

Good Luck!  

And speaking of good luck, much luck to those running Boston on Monday.  So jealous I won't be there this year....I have such wonderful memories of the times I ran in 2009 and 2010 (2010 I ran it on my actual birthday... in case you forgot that my birthday is next week :)) and I know you will have some great memories form this year, too.  And to those running other races besides Boston this weekend (like myself, a half marathon.  This is the first of 7 races I have in as many weeks, ending with the Colfax Marathon on May 20th.  Yikes!)...... 

.....RUN STRONG, my friends!!!

115 comments:

ShutUpandRun said...

Jill doing a giveaway!! And hell did not even freeze over!!

Heck yeah I'm a follower.

And I want these shoes because they are cute and stylish and I'm beleiving you when you say how awesome they are to wear. That is all.

misszippy said...

Those are right up my alley! So cute. Ya know I follow!

Good luck with your 1/2 and your 7 upcoming races. 7? Wow!

Tasha @Healthy Diva said...

Very cute shoes! I like them!

alice said...

I am on my feet all day at work so the padding would be perfect to stay comfy. They're cute too.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I follow the crap out of you.

I have a pair of their hiking shoes, and I LOVE them. I'd love to try out something cuter.

Julie Arts said...

I want them in even a bigger size than you :-)

I'm pretty low on shoes these days. I can wear my frees, I can wear an occasional platform high heel, and apparently now I'm not even allowed to go barefoot...
These are obviously MINE to win!!!!

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Anonymous said...

i follow u using GFC (@janejoeyxo)
i would love to win these shoes cuz they are super cute with the stitching & have the support i need for my arches. thanks for the chance to win
anne hill
calliope_123 at hotmail dot com

Ann said...

I am a GFC follower! brownatural@gmail.com

I would love to win those wonderful looking shoes, b/c they look so comfortable and nice! They look like shoes that I can style and profile and walk long distances in with no problem.

marianne said...

super cute...I work at a huge hospital and these would be great !!!!!

Hetal said...

Hetal: They will be very comfortable on Europe vacation this year.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I follow you and would love to be entered. Those shoes are cute!

laroyal said...

I follow you and I'd love to win b/c I need some cute and comfy shoes in my life!
laroyal06@gmail.com

hbbs55 said...

new follower with gfc (holly chernoff)

I would love to win and try these shoes, my feet could use a break from my workout shoes for a comfy, cute pair with support. thanks for the chance :)

hbbs55 at gmail dot com

Coy Martinez said...

I follow you like a good friend should :)

I always wear running shoes. It's sad really. I need those!

Terzah said...

Wait, it's your BIRTHDAY next week???

Yes, I am a follower, and I live in the good ol' USA, AND I too think those shoes are super cute and up my alley. Sign me up!

Tracy said...

Oh I'd love cute flats like these since I hurt my ankle over a year ago and still can't wear anything with a heal it'd be nice to not wear boiled wool clogs through the spring/summer again :-)

Raina said...

I am a follower!

Here's why I would LOVE to win:

I need dress shoes with NO heel. Every time I put on a pair of my chunk heel dress shoes, they last 10 minutes before I take them off. My shoe budget does not include cute new flats :)

So glad you are doing this Jill!

smvillers said...

Follow? Check!
Love the shoes? Check!

amocurrare said...

I'm now a follower! And I LOVE those shoes:) I just started minimal running, and those look like they'd be perfect post-runs!

EvaMarie said...

I've seen those before and love how minimal they look. I'd love to win a pair since hubby said if I buy anymore, he's burning the lot.

tat2gurlzrock said...

I follow GFC @ tat2gurlzrock
These shoes are so cute and comfy looking.Would be a nice break for my feet from sneakers or heels :)

Happy early birthday and best of luck in your upcoming marathons!
Thanks for the chance!

Deb said...

Am a follower. They are cute and like your comment that they are comfy. I only wear comfy, haven't had a pair of heels on in 14 years! Thanks!

Kandi said...

I'm a follower.
I would love these shoes... I started wearing flats about 2 years ago and in the spring/fall I live in them.

Cynthia said...

I follow you :)

I would love a pair of Ahnu Karma shoes!! They are super cute and I love flats. I need something cute and comfy especially standing around all day at my son's track meets and baseball games after my runs.

Ewa said...

I had no idea they made cute shoes too. I hiked most of JMT in ahnu montara boots. Usually I hike in minimalist trail runners but because of snow conditions I decided to enslave my feet in boots. It took 5 (FIVE) pairs of boots (thank you REI for putting up with my returns) before my feet were satisfied. The true test was on the trail and I have to say that ahnu boots rocked! While not waterproof, they drained and dried very fast, did not make my feet tired, and proved to be quite slip-proof. Love this company and hope it will stay in business for a long time.

Suzy said...

I'm a follower!! I love those shoes. I've been wanting to try some flats (I'm a heels girl) and those look like some comfortable shoes that will stay on!

Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal said...

Of course I'm a follower-- you help with all my running woes!

I love these shoes! I like the sides, how they drop so low almost like a flip flop but not!

Kate said...

Of course I'm a follower. And I want those shoes (and if your 9's are monsters, what are my 11s? :( )

After all, I just had a birthday, you know. :)

Jamoosh said...

What do you mean for the ladies only? I look great in flats! Wait, did I just say that out loud...

hiker mom said...

I'm a follower and I love those shoes! They are so cute! Nice to find flats that are comfy:)

Kathy said...

SWEET! I'm a follower (in case you haven't noticed) :)

Julie said...

I happen to be wearing a pair of Ahnu's right now! I love the squishiness of them too and totally want another pair! The ones I have are a different style and kind of...I don't know pinkish/redish. Please, please, please, please pick me. :)

Hope I get to see you this is weekend at the Platte...don't wait on me though..I will definatley be "following" way behind you!

tahoegirl said...

I follow and those are super cute shoes. I would have to order a monster size 10. I swear I used to wear an 8.5 but since I started running my feet have grown. :O(

Jen@runfortheboys said...

I am a follower and I'd love a pair for after race goodness to pamper my tootsies! I am a heels girl for work and these would be a great weekend shoe for me too :)

Christi said...

Okay our birthdays are two days apart. I knew I liked you for a reason!

Oh yeah, I am a follower!

My3Sons33 said...

I am following in GFC. I would love to win these shoes because they are adorable! I love comfy, cute shoes.

Darlene said...

I am a follower. Happy Birthday a little early.

Darlene said...

I broke my ankle in Dec & still can only wear sneakers. These shoes would be perfect for me and I haven't run in 15 wks so a win would make me feel better.

Donna said...

I am a follower of your blog and think these shoes are so cute!!! It's hard for me to find shoes, as I always need a strap to go over my foot. These are just perfect for me!!! xox

Jenny @ The Little J-Bird said...

I'm a follower and I love those shoes! Super cute! :)
Good luck this weekend!!! :)

Laurie said...

Absolutely I'm a follower, although you won't want to pick me because I'll be getting them in a size 7 and not sending them on for your birthday. :P I'll send you happy birthday thoughts though, for what that's worth.

I actually saw these shoes a couple of weeks ago online somewhere, I think it might even have been onlineshoes.com and have been lusting over them ever since. They are adorable and it's good to hear that they're comfy too. It would be good for my husband if I won them because then I wouldn't have to buy them. :)

Irene said...

Ohhhhh, those are so cute. I can see those on MY feet. ;)

You know I'm a follower! Thank you for not making us Twitter, Facebook, link on a blog or stand in our front yard with a sign. :)

Jeff Gallup said...

Is this a ladies only contest? I mean,not that I want ladies shoes.. BUT.. these would rock as a Mother's day gift to my wife who totally rocks! And of course, I follow your blog... thanks!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Oh my, those shoes look so cute on your feet! And I know we have the same taste in shoes since we both have red Keens and Pure Flows. Happy Birthday next week Jill. I don't think I've ever seen you do a giveaways before. And usually I don't enter giveaways but yours are too darn easy!! Thank you for not making me jump through a million and one hoops just to enter your giveaway. And since I've been a follower since you only had 200 followers or so then I'm all set.

XLMIC said...

Following :)

I only have running shoes, flipflops and hot pink rainboots. I could really use some 'real' shoes :)

simplycj said...

These are really cute! I typically don't like 'ballerina' type shoes...but if they're squishy and good for the running toesies...I'm in! I'll have to check these out, thanks Jill!

Nej said...

Well, you know why I'm a follower. :-) :-)

I had to eliminate high heels from my work wardrobe (causing short and tight calf muscles - not so good for running). Those shoes look comfortable for either work or non-work outfits. Love them!!!

Becky at Prairie Runner said...

Those shoes are SUPER cute!!!! I think I could be such a trend setter with my 5th grade students!! They already think I have an obsession (I do) with running shoes and have convinced many of them to buy the shoes I wear. Love having that influence :) So, they feel good after a run? Well, that would be perfect- I am running my first 50 M Ultra in May--how great would it be to put my feet in these after the miles?

Becky at Prairie Runner said...

oops- I am a follower!!

echotides said...

I follow your blog. I would love to win because I could really use a pair of comfy shoes!

Briarly said...

I'm a follower and love the shoes......they look comfy and super cute!!

termite said...

OOOOOOOOooooo cute shoes!

sighed,
the shoe heuax ;-)

oh and...

HAPPY BIRFFFFFFDAYZZZZZ!

Karen said...

I'm a follower and regular commenter! I also have a permanent tan line on my ankles and thighs from shorts and socks. Why can't we just run naked?

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Would love to win because I just need a new pair of shoes that are not running shoes!

~K~ said...

i'm a follower! I'd love to win because i'm always on the look out for shoes that are comfortable but still cute for my tired feet when they're not wearing running shoes. Thanks for making it easy! =) runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

Meg said...

Coming from a Chica like yourself who has had a few foot issues, I totally believe you regarding the shoes AND they're cute!!!
Meg, the shoe lover, approves!!!

Taryn said...

I am a follower...and I would love those shoes because not only do they seem insanely comfortable, the color is adorable!

Book Dragon said...

They have purple!

New follower, jumping over from Muddy Runner. I'm such a newbie, getting back to the gym and trying to run, I positively ache today.

Looking forward to reading more of your blog...loved your Pike's Peak entry

christa said...

I am a follower and I want those shoes because I love comfy flats!

Sue said...

yes I follow! and would love these shoes because I'll be in Boston on monday and will have some tired feet!

ajh said...

I'm a follower and I want some cute shoes!

Tina said...

Hey Jill!

Happy Birthday next week, my mom turns 87
on the 19th and a good friend 7 yrs old- you
are in great company!
Hope you get lots of cake and chocolate!!

I would love the Ahnu Karmas-because I love
Ahnu shoes- I have their running shoe the Orinda-
it is so lite and comfortable for trails or treadmills!

Well good Karma to you and thanks for your blog info! Tina

Mike said...

I'm in :-). Seriously, I'll give them to my wife. She needs a bazillion + 1 pair of shoes :-).

readgirl said...

Hi Jill,

I am a follower(check) live in the U.S (check) and I really, really love those shoes. I liked them so well I went to the web site to check them out because I never win anything and was thinking about buying them. They are a little more than my flip flop bugdet so my only hope now is to win them. An extra bonus is someone in the reviews said they have good arch support which would be really good for my high arches.

Hope you have a Happy Birthday!!

Kathy

Teh Doll said...

follow gfc Teh Doll
dollhousecreation(at)gmail(dot)com

I want to win cause these shoes are so cute. I love the style and would wear them all the time.

taratru said...

I follow you and wish you wrote more. :)

I want to win because I only have two pairs of shoes I wear other than running shoes and I need something new!

Brandy Pemberton said...

I've read your blog as a link from others and am recently a follower!

I am a running mama of 2 little girls and would love to win these shoes. First of all, who does't love cute classy shoes!? Secondly, this runner mama is getting too old to wear heels to work every day. Loving some classic comfortable work appropriate flats!

Anonymous said...

You are so right Jill these are adorable shoes. I have a hard time finding shoe that is wide enough in the toes but these i think will do the trick...i m also looking for a pair of water shoes to wear in water classes and i think they have one of those...thanks for letting me know...a shopping i shall go...

pensive pumpkin said...

i am just pissed to be comment 70 instead of 69. dammit.

and the shoes are ultra cute and might just cheer me up. oh, woe is me! *whining always helps* you know i'd follow you anywhere. ; )

Char said...

I don't want to enter but I wanted to say that they're really cute shoes on you. And so practical (I seriously hate heels)

Johann said...

How will I look in them? You think I should enter? All the best for your half!

Black Knight said...

Johann and I both with those shoes, what do you think?

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I have never tried those, but I love a good pair of comfy, flat, and CUTE shoes! PS love the tan line. I run outside a lot and I don't even have anything close to that.

Kenley said...

Hook me up Jill! lol. Do they come in Pink?

bobbi said...

I would follow you anywhere! Oh, you meant BLOG follower. Got that covered too :)

I NEED new "not-running" shoes, in the biggest baddest way, and these are super cute!

Teamarcia said...

What? I'm not entry 100? Damn. I want to win cuz I want to be twinsies with you and be all cute and fast. :)

Grannie Frannie Runs said...

I follow already.

I only wear flat shoes if I have a choice - I hate rolling my ankle in heels. These look comfortable and I would like to give them a try.

Bubble Boy said...

Hey Jill, ole buddy ole pal. I want to win those shoes so I can give my Coach a gift for her birthday. Is that legal with this promotion? I think my Coach would love them. I think her Birthday is April 19th if memory serves me right.:)

Tara said...

Me! ME! ME! I want those shoes! They are super cute. :)

Why of course I am a follower of you.

Tara said...

Oh and I would like to be entered to win because I need to have cute shoes to take everyone's attention off the fact that I am getting fat and bloated. (fat and bloated make me cranky, but cute shoes do not)

xoxoxo (yes, I did just enter your giveaway TWICE)

lindsay said...

I should win because:
1) you shafted me 2 years in a row with the Christmas blogger giveaway...
2) #1 is reason enough
3) but I'll give you a bonus reason anyway - I can tell you that even if you don't exercise for 6 months you will still have a sock tan line.

Anyway. So that is why I am the obvious winner and if I come back to find out this was rigged (aka I dont win) then I will return this brand new pink iPad I just bought you for your birthday.

e-orbin said...

well I love these shoes but I wanted to read through your blog before I chose to blindly follow and I really enjoy reading about your running adventures. I struggle with trail running and I'm nowhere near a marathon distance, but Its so inspiring to read and dream... oh, and hope for shoes!

Char W said...

Follow your blog as Char W char.groups(at)gmail(dot)com.

I would like to win because I want to own shoes that are NOT running or walking shoes. I need something different.

Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...
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Haley @ Climb Run Lift Mom said...

of course I'm a follower :)

these shoes look so freaking comfy! cute and comfy, that makes for dream shoes, lol.

RunJillyBean said...

I had to follow another runner named Jill. Thanks for the giveaway. Being a size 11, I need all the cute shoes I can find.

gary said...

I WANT I WANT I WANT!!!

It's Saturday night and Mo's shoes are way too big for me.

Renee Dall said...

I am a NEW follower and MY birthday is on the 22nd and I am DYING for a pair of these!

Alma said...

I'm a follower and I love those shoes!

Anne said...

Like so many others who've commented, I think those shoes are adorable and I am going to buy a pair next payday.

PJ runs said...

I'd love those super cute shoes, so I can also show off my lovely sock tan line!

PJ runs said...

I'm a follower, too.

ajh said...

Where is your half report?

Do you always come from behind in WWF with 100+ freaking points?

Julie said...

Happy early birthday :)
follow blog jelaws5
from USA
love to win-shoes are darling/look very comfortable
thanks
aunteegem@yahoo.com

Molly said...

Love Love Love the shoes! I would love to win, it would break me out of my running shoe/birkenstock/snow boot rut : )

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

These are SO cute & I have been eyeing them on OnlineShoes.com's site too!

You know I (stalk) follow!

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