A note from a friend at Fleet Feet Sports PDX: #womanup

Written by Fleet Feet Sports PDX’s Buyer, Rachel Ebbers

As the saying goes, I’ve been around the block a few times. The first time I ever got fit for running shoes was in Seattle: I ran around the block four times and walked out with a pair of Asics. Eight years after that first fit, I’m the buyer at Fleet Feet Sports PDX. Fleet Feet Sports falls into the category of “running specialty”: local brick and mortar stores like mine offer a fit experience and fearless expertise about running footwear, clothing, injury prevention, and training.

In 2016, I’m turning the attention toward fashion, and my buying decisions are marked by a desire to provide stylish, well-fitting, functional pieces cut from top-line materials. You have a chance to preview this fashion at our upcoming Spring Fashion Show in Lake Oswego.

You should know what you’re getting into: this evening isn’t just about color and fit, it’s about being empowered as a female runner. It’s about getting below the superficial platform of fashion and about women being advocates for other women. Here’s a little more of my take on it.

A couple weeks ago, I got in a weird misunderstanding “thing” with my best friend, Maria. You know what I mean – she thought one thing about coming to my birthday party, I thought something else, I didn’t text her back, then she butt-dialed me twice but never called me back – and the series of miscommunications ended in a painful “what the heeeeck” phone call that left me in tears.

Fighting (or fuming) with your girlfriends sucks. But the conversation Maria and I eventually had – the truce conversation – reminded me of something that’s easy to forget. There’s always a context to someone’s actions, and therefore good practice to consider what might be going on underneath the surface.

Whether you drool over Fashion Week or are of the “my pants are five seasons old and that’s cool” group, our Fashion Show on February 25th gives us a chance to be a part of our local Lake Oswego community, and care for as well as consider what’s underneath the surface. Lake Oswego has a reputation for being pristine (it is) and community-oriented (for sure), but everyone has problems and Lake O is no different.

Our door fee from our fashion show will go directly to the Lake Oswego Transitional Shelter Ministry – a local domestic violence shelter. Like many other small, charitable organizations, they need the support of their community.

Caring for women – my friends, my colleagues, and on a philosophical, social justice level – has always been vitally important to me. We hope you join us for this event: you’ll get a chance to see a showcase of a women’s-only shoe from adidas, and women’s-only brands like Oiselle, Kari Traa, and Lole. But most of all, it’s a chance to be women caring for other women. Woman up.

RSVP and get more details here. I hope to see you there!

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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