Running specialty shops have been the heart and soul of the running industry since the 1970s.
There are many places to buy running shoes nowadays—at a big sporting goods retailer, at a mall chain store, online, at a discount website or at a running specialty store. The roughly 900 running specialty shops around the U.S. have been the lifeblood of the running industry and the sport for more than 35 years, providing a sense of community and spreading the knowledge and passion to all levels of runners. Yes, many have had a runner-geek quirkiness to them, but that’s the culture of running that has thrived for decades. In this gallery of photos from some of the country’s best shops, we offer a glimpse at what they provide and a few reasons you should consider shopping there for your running and fitness needs.
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