Running shoes. One of the most crucial items a runner can purchase. They can make or break you and we don’t say that lightly. Finding the right shoe can seem daunting…. Especially for newbie runners.
Which shoe is good for long runs? Short runs? High arches? Bad hips? The questions can be endless but speaking with someone who is professionally trained in this department will make a huge difference.
Here are San Diego’s top 5 LOCAL speciality running stores!
Milestone Running customer service goal is to provide all San Diego runners with a pressure-free shopping environment. They make your experience special, not only do they help you find the right shoe, fit and quality but their staff is known to help answer any training questions you have.
Located in North Park. Directions, here.
PB directions, here. (Note used to be Movin Shoes)
Road Runner Sports
Although Road Runner Sports is a nationwide store- they are headquartered here in San Diego since 1983! Offering a unique user experience, the “shoe dog” a staff member (or online) can help analyze your foot strike in under 3 minutes.
They also offer a special VIP program with the following perks:
Did we mention the clearance store is a hidden gem! If you are a VIP member and not satisfied with your new shoes (within 90 days) you can return them, no questions asked! The clearance store holds all of the returned shoes and they only sell the pairs in excellent condition. Located right behind the main store.
Directions to the San Diego location, here.
This special running boutique is located in beautiful La Jolla and is known for welcoming all levels of runners, walkers, joggers — you name it. The offer a special analysis of your walk/run called the “gait analysis.”
“Gait Analysis is more than a quick observation of your foot strike. It involves a thorough analysis of your biomechanics movement, and that requires a highly individualized, proven method that considers your height, weight, age, gender and lifestyle.” — Just Run SD
Learn more about Just Run SD by following this link.
Fleet Feet San Diego is a local, family owned and operated store! They also have a unique fit process. The motto? Listen. Watch. Act. Plan. They provide you with the with the right shoes, gear, and knowledge for you to move at your best – whether that’s a 10-minute walk, running a marathon, or anything in between. This is also a great place to build your running community, join in the one or more of the fun weekly events!
Now that you have your new shoes, check out our top 5 running spots in San Diego.
NOTE – Article was updated to only include four San Diego running shoe stores as Milestone Running took over the Movin’ Shoes location in Pacific Beach.