Sole Man: Where Do You Buy Your Shoes?

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Jul. 1, 2013
  • Updated Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM UTC
A scene from inside Movin Shoes, a classic San Diego specialty running shop. Photo: Brian Metzler |

Major Sporting Good Stores

What It’s All About
To their credit, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, Big 5 Sporting Goods and other “big box” retailers have really gotten in the game when it comes to running in recent years. (I think Wal-Mart sells running shoes, too, but I’m not sure about the 300,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.) Service might be sketchy and real running advice is almost non-existent, however prices are typically good and you can also buy gear for soccer, step aerobics, baseball, fishing and archery while you’re there.

But know that you’re bound to see a different selection of shoes at those stores, mid-range models aimed at new runners, casual runners, not-really-a-runner runners, couch-potato-wants-to-be-a-runner runner, out-of-shape-football-watching-dad runner and, of course, the mini-van-driving-moms-who-are-runners-but-buying-other-sports-gear-for-their-kids runners. It’s also the only place you’re likely to find double-XL moisture-wicking running apparel, too.

Why You Shop There
Because one of your kids plays soccer, hockey and football and the other one has a lacrosse game in an hour and you can’t find his or her mouth guard. And coincidentally, you’re no longer within 20 pounds of the weight you weighed when you graduated from high school and you before you whip out your Visa card to pay for your kids’ stuff, you decide right-then-and-there you’re going to get in shape. Once-and-for-all. Again.

Like I’ve always said, happiness is a new pair of shoes, right?

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at

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