Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Valley of the Sun
Call again or try another place. If you really want do it, persistance pays off.
I agree on not investing a lot to get started, but I would get some decent footwear if you don't own work shoes already.
I've been known to ride in flip flops, sneakers, and just about anything, but I love my cowboy boots. I never had a problem walking in them either. I go through about a pair a year, but I wear them everyday. Combat boots are are awesome to ride in too.
You want a shoe that has a small heel and enough tread that it won't slide in the stirrup, but you don't want the kind of tread that will get stuck in a stirrup (think cleats). Main reason I wear boots is for the ankle support though not the heel. Some high top hiking boots or sneakers would probably be fine.
So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.