Check out my Christmas present!

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Right in the middle of an awful day at work yesterday, I was cheered up by an SMS from my neighbour to tell me that a parcel had arrived for me. I knew it could only be one thing – my new running shoes!

I’ve desperately needed a new pair for ages, so when my Mum asked me what I wanted for Christmas I knew what my answer was straight away.

I buy most of my shoes from Vegetarian Shoes in Brighton, because then I know they’ve been made ethically in the EU and they don’t contain any animal products. I try and get down to the shop as often as I can (Brighton is veggie heaven!), but unfortunately it is a trek from Cardiff. So instead I use their mail order service, which is fantastic. There’s loads of information on their website about all their products, including size guides and photographs. They don’t just sell shoes, either. They also have a great range of bags, jackets and accessories. They even sell biodegradable pens – not just environmentally friendly but they’re actually a really nice pen to write with as well. If you have any questions about any of the products, just drop them an email and they will get back to you.

As soon as I got home, I collected the parcel off my neighbour and tried my new shoes on. As I have to wear inserts due to problems with my feet, I usually have a bit of an issue getting used to new shoes, but these ones have been OK. And what better way to christen my new running shoes than with a step class. After taking them for a run today, they are well and truly worn in and my tatty old shoes are a thing of the past.

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