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Athletic Shoe Stores Spokane WA

Local resource for athletic shoe stores in Spokane, WA. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to running shoes, basketball shoes, sneakers, walking shoes, toning shoes, tennis shoes, and trail shoes, as well as advice and content on sportswear.

Payless Shoesource
(509) 483-0901
North 4750 Division Street Suite 13 Northtown Mall
Spokane, WA
 
Chucks Boots & Outdoor Footwear
(509) 489-5428
5005 N Division St
Spokane, WA
 
Kids Foot Locker
(509) 482-3466
4750 N Division St # 110
Spokane, WA
 
Nicks Custom Boots
(509) 483-1248
3805 N Market St
Spokane, WA
 
Famous Footwear
(509) 487-3201
4750 N Division St
Spokane, WA
 
Empire Dance Shop
(509) 747-7808
131 S Sherman St
Spokane, WA
 
Homestead Birkenstock
(509) 747-3221
4750 N Division St # 260
Spokane, WA
 
Ressas Shoe Service
(509) 327-4190
1802 N Division St
Spokane, WA
 
Priority Footwear & Pedorthic
(509) 838-2325
922 S Cowley St
Spokane, WA
 
General Store Ace Hardware
(509) 444-8002
2424 N Division St
Spokane, WA
 

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How to Choose the Right Athletic Shoe

Sporting the wrong athletic shoe can lead to unnecessary aches and pains. One step in the right direction is to go for instant gratification. “There’s really no such thing as ‘breaking in’ a pair of shoes,” says Christian Royer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. “If it doesn’t feel right in the store, put it back and go for another pair.”

A good fit is essential. Royer says that many people don’t know what size they wear. “Not only does your foot change as you grow and as you age, but it’s bigger from swelling at the end of the day.” Royer advises, “Always shop after work, when your feet are at their maximum size.” That doesn’t mean you should try on tennis shoes in your sheer-black hosiery. Take along the socks that you’ll wear during your workout.

Remember when your parents would press the front of the shoes you were trying on to see if there was room in front of the toe? There’s something to that; check for a thumb’s width (3/8 to 1/2 inch) of room in the front of the toe box.

Choosing shoes that are appropriate for your activity is key. “Basketball shoes, for example, are engineered to take a beating on the court, whereas a running shoe would be too soft and not constructed to take side-to-side motion,” Royer says. Although cross-training shoes work for most activities, some women find the foot beds too hard and stiff. If you don’t have problems with your ankles and past injuries, says Royer, it’s probably OK to choose a softer shoe, such as a running shoe.

Running shoes are also appropriate for walking, but the reverse isn’t true. Walking shoes, especially the sport casual kind tailored to look great with jeans, won’t offer enough support for running. Shoes with a pump-up tongue or gel ins...

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