Hiking | Trail Running | Road Running | Boating | Casual

Our footwear department is one of the largest that you'll find, we have everything from expedition boots, to flip flops. Hiking, trail running, and road running shoes are all lined up and ready for you to try on. We also have a comprehensive selection of casual shoes from your favorite outdoor and surf brands. Come have a chat with us, we'd love to fill you in on what's new with shoes!


Tips for Race Day



The Sono Half is fast approaching, and after months of training with our Tuesday Night Group Runs, it's finally time to perform for the big day! We have talked to the most avid runners on our staff to gather tips for getting ready for the race whether it's your first or one of many.




Rest Up
"It's important to decrease the miles in your training runs leading up to the race, and for the last two days beforehand, you shouldn't run at all. Take these days to rest up and get your body ready for the big day!" --James Whipple


Keep it Consistent
"It's a good idea to wear the sneakers you've been training in, since you know your feet will stay comfortable in them. If your training shoes are on the older side, pick up a pair of PhD Run Light Elite Cushion socks from Smartwool, which will add extra cushioning to your feet and also absorb sweat." --Arlo Tarr


Fuel Up
"One of the most important race nutrition tips is to not try anything new or different before a run. The night before, try to just eat what you would normally eat the night before you go for a long run. Eat a good breakfast 2 hours before running. Generation UCAN drink mixes and snack bars are a great choice 15-30 minutes before the race, as they will give you the electrolytes and carbs you need to keep moving."* --Scott Maxwell

*Outdoor Sports Center suggests practicing race nutrition ahead of time. For example, we don't recommend trying a new energy food for the first time on the morning of a race. Give it a try on your run the day before, and make sure your body takes to it with ease.


Stay Hydrated
"Take advantage of water stations along the route, and it's never a bad idea to carry water with you as well. We have plenty of options, from handheld bottles to hip belts to hydration packs made for runners, from Nathan or FuelBelt." --Grace Lloyd


Pace Yourself
"With all the hype and excitement around you, it's easy to sprint out of the gate with all the other runners. Don't forget to run at your own pace and don't focus on competing! The crowd will start to even out as faster runners make their way up front, and my advice run on the side until the crowd disperses. Run your own race; it will pay off!" --Kate Tarr


Strategically Place your Support Crew
"If people are going to come cheer you on, have them wait at mile 10. In a 13-mile race, this is usually the toughest point in your run, and having friends or family cheering for you at this moment can be crucial to keep you going." --Heidi Smith


Layer Up
"Dress accordingly if it's a chilly day, but be ready to ditch your long sleeve layer because you'll definitely warm up when running! Bring a layer that you don't care about, in case having it around your waist proves to be too distracting and you need to ditch it. Discarded garments will be donated at the end of the race!" --Scott Maxwell


Have your Playlist Ready
"While headphones aren't recommended for safety reasons, we know that some of you love listening to music while running. Sometimes, the right song is just what you need to help you push through a tough stretch of the race. I recommend having a long playlist ready so that you don't have to deal with pulling out your device to change the song while you're running. Have your iPod or phone strapped to your arm with a Super 5K or a Sonic Boom from Nathan, let it play, and forget about it!" --Heidi Smith




You can check in for the SoNo Half early by stopping by Sports Authority in Norwalk (444 Connecticut Ave) on Friday between 11 and 7 for packet pickup. On race day, the course will begin and end at Veteran's Park in South Norwalk. Packet pickup opens at 7 AM and closes at 8:30. Parking at the start/finish area also close at 8:30, and the race will begin at 9!


Above all, everyone is here to have fun! Don't take yourself too seriously, and remember to focus on enjoying the day you've trained so hard for. Whether you finish in one hour or three, we want to see everyone cross the finish line with a huge smile!

Fall Footwear


It's getting to be time to ditch the summer sandals and lace up your fall boots! The new season has brought in tons of cold weather staples, from all your favorite footwear brands: Olukai, Sorel, Sperry, The North Face, Ecco, and Merrell. These brands design dependable, quality footwear to help you stay dry and to last for seasons to come. Check out the new styles in brands we love; from buckled boots to classic lace-ups, you'll be all ready to run through some falling leaves.



Sperry Avenue Duck 3-Eye 


The Duck 3-Eye is shockingly lightweight. It has a siped sole for great traction and is entirely waterproof for those wet, muddy days.



Ecco Whistler 


The midsole of this boot is direct-injected and roomy, making it perfect for long walks. It has a Gore-tex membrane that makes it completely waterproof.



Ecco Turn 


Ecco describes this boot as "dress casual," and it is great for all seasons! This boot offers 100% GORE-TEX reliability and has a direct-injected outsole to ensure it will last.



Merrell Epiction Mid 


This stylish boot includes a breathable mesh lining and Merrell air cushion in the heel which absorbs shock and provides stability. Great for long adventures on foot, and yes - it's waterproof!



North Face Back to Berkeley 


This timeless silhouette is insulated and waterproof, keeping you warm and dry through the fall and into the winter. The rubber outsole is made with IcePick® temperature-sensitive lugs, meaning that the rubber actually hardens as temperatures get colder and softens in warmer weather.



Olukai Walino 


This classic dress shoe is built to last, made from full-grain leather with arch support in the chassis. The forefoot has traction pods for those slippery walks, and the top deck offers extra cushioning for additional comfort.



Sperry A/O Waterproof Lug Chukka Boot


This boot has a classic style that will work for any occasion. It's waterproof and has an additional lining for warmth. The hand-sewn upper is made of genuine leather and will outlast seasons to come!





Sorel Major Carly


A classic combat-style boot that goes with anything from skinny jeans to a dress. The strong leather upper and herringbone rubber outsole offer lasting quality for years to come.



Olukai Ka'iulani 


This was one of our bestsellers last year! The Ka'iulani is handcrafted in Mexico, with a stacked wooden heel. The former designer of Frye boots is now designing for Olukai, and it shows in the distinctive buckle and stacked heel. One feature we love are the footbeds, crafted to be easily removable and washable.



Olukai Malie 


A shorter boot, this timeless style will complement any fall outfit. The Malie is also handcrafted in Mexico and has a stacked leather heel, an all-leather bootie, and arch support in the chassis. The outsole includes rubber traction pods to keep you stable on your feet.



Sperry Saltwater Quilted Nylon 


Known for their multi-weather functionality, these booties provide warmth with a lined footbed and a siped outsole for extra grip when the weather gets icy. The cloth fabric is more comfortable around your ankles, and Rawhide laces secure a snug fit.



Merrell Captiva 


This attractive riding-style boot also happens to be completely waterproof! A women 's specific sole cushions your foot to allow you to walk farther and longer.





It might seem a little ealy for full winter boots, but last year the Joan of Arctic from Sorel sold out by November! Don't forget to come in early for this popular style!


Back to School


We have lasting gear for back to school from great brand names that provide comfort, durability, and style, keeping your children focused on a smooth school year ahead. 



A new school year means a busy routine, and our sturdy backpacks provide organization to help you stay on top of your schedule. With separate compartments for your laptop, notebooks, phone, small items, and even sunglasses, there is a place for everything to stay safe. Classic favorites from The North Face and Patagonia come in a variety of styles and colors with all the features you need. Looking for something more durable? Thule's backpacks have compartments to keep your laptop and sunglasses safe and protected from the rigors of a busy school day. packs


Water Bottles

We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, but it's easy to forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially for busy kids. Fortunately, our colorful bottles make it much easier to remember! We carry water bottles from Camelbak, Nalgene, HydroFlask and Klean Kanteen. Every water bottle we sell is BPA-free and virturally indestructable. Some bottles have a built-in straw for easy sipping, while others have a classic screw-top lid. Any water bottle you choose will fit perfectly into the mesh side pocket of your new pack, and they also all have carabiner capabilities to clip anywhere.



Kid's Clothes

Good clothing will keep your kids comfortable throughout the school day, which in turn will help them remain focused and enjoy learning! From the old favorites to the brand new styles, we have what your kids need to stay warm and comfortable while also looking bright and stylish. The classic Patagonia Snap-T and North Face Denali are back in bold new colors and patterns. We have polo shirts to dress it up for class presentations, and pants that zip off into shorts that are perfect for any time of year. New footwear will keep your kids in prime form for gym class to recess.  And don't forget - August 16th-22nd is tax free week for clothing and footwear, a great time to save money on all the back to school essentials!


End of Summer Swim Sale!


Bikinis, boardshorts, Birkenstocks--it's all on sale! The warm weather will be sticking around for quite a while longer, so stock up on new clothing, swimsuits, and sandals to continue enjoying this beautiful season! Select apparel and all swimsuits from Prana, Carve Designs, Patagonia, and more are going on sale for 20% off. Sandals are up to 50% off, from brands Reef, OluKai, Hari Mari, Birkenstock, Keen, Cushe, Merrell, and Sperry.

Here are a few styles we love: 

Spring Styles


Carve Dylan Gauze Shirt, $52; Oahu Short, $68



Carve Newport Tank, $42; Costa Capri, $72



Prana Dreamcatcher Top, $69; Ashley Capri Legging, $60


Patagonia Air Flow Shirt, $50; Strider Short, $49 




Carve Lexi Tankini, $64; Andi Bottoms, $52



Carve Tamarindo Top, $44; Bolinas Bottom, $48



Carve Isla Full Piece, $84



Patagonia Wavefarer Board Shorts




Birkenstock Arizona



Birkenstock Giza



Chaco Yampa

Go-To Running Shoes


We interviewed James Whipple, director of the Sono Half and experienced ultra-runner, to find his go-to shoes for running. No surprise here--James owns over 40 pairs of sneakers, and alternates between 2 to 3 during his training periods. James showed us the shoes he loves most for both trail and road running, and what makes them the best tool for a healthier run! Read on to find out how James prepares for a race, and the shoes that keep him on his feet!


James crossing the finish line at Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run with his family.


How often do you replace your running shoes?
"On average, it is wise to replace your shoes every 300-350 miles. Trail shoes may wear out faster if you have sections of road on your trail run, since pavement wears down the treads a bit faster."

How long does it take to break in a new pair of sneakers?
"The approximate break in period for most shoes is 20-30 miles. However, lighter, more minimalist type shoes require much less wear to break them in. It is crucial to get a feel for the shoes before you buy them! Spend some time walking around the store and make sure you do not feel any hot spots that could become painful blisters when you are running in them."

I want to try trail running; do I need different shoes for trail and road?
"There are road specific running shoes and a trail running shoes; each have their own benefits depending on the surface and terrain you'll be running on. If you're just trying out trail running for the first time, a crossover shoe is a great option because it's made to perform in both situations."

Do you have any advice for people who are planning to run a marathon?
"Have a plan! Be consistent! There are many terrific beginner training programs available online. Find one that works well with your schedule and follow it consistently. Keep most of your running easy and comfortable to build your fitness and avoid injury. Be patient! I do a lot of my training on the treadmill at home in order to spend more quality time with my family. This also allows me to control my pace and incline, so there is less risk of injury."

What are some important factors to consider when buying new shoes?
"The length of your run, your experience level and your foot's flexibility help break down the difference between running shoes. Your pedorthist can check based on flexing and twisting your foot whether it is rigid or flexible to reveal the amount of support you need. If you're running for longer distances a shoe with more support can protect your arch and absorb shock. I recommend the new brand Hoka for its lightweight and sturdier soles."

Our on-staff pedorthist Arlo Tarr will take measurements and examine your foot type, carefully to help you pick the perfect pair of running shoes for your feet. This is crucial to ensuring that you have a fun and safe running experience; everyone runs differently, so the same shoe is not necessarily the best shoe for everyone. With a pedorthic background, he can examine your feet and point out potential issues that you might not realize effect your running style, and also recommend a supportive insole to help tweak the fit.



James and his daughter Mia at the New York City 10K last year.



James shared with us his favorite running shoes, for trail running and road running. Here are his top picks in each category:



Hoka Clifton 2


 Although Hoka is a relatively new brand, it has already become incredibly popular in the ultrarunning community, with around 75% of ultrarunners using them. They have even become increasingly popular for all distances because of their thick soles that offer maximum cushioning. James likes to use these shoes on his recovery runs of about 8-10 miles; he says, "They keep your legs fresh and absorb shock." They are very lightweight (around 6.6 ounces) and have unique midsoles. Hokas have 2.5 times the midsole volume of a standard running shoe, and they incorporate Meta-Rocker geometry, meaning a sculpted outsole radius in the heel and toe which supports a runner's form. This shoe comes in men's and women's.



Salomon Speedcross 3


James' favorite thing about these shoes is the incredible lacing system: one-pull tightening is quick and easy, and there is a lace pocket on the tongue where you can quickly tuck away the pull tab. He also mentioned that it's incredibly comfortable: "it feels like a glove on your foot." A protective layer all around the base of the shoe protects against mud, and an anti-debris mesh keeps the area between your foot and the footbed free of debris. The deep tread on the outsoles provides the ultimate grip no matter what the conditions. This shoe comes in men's and women's. 


Other Road Shoes we Love:


Asics Gel Nimbus


This shoe incorporates a gel cushioning system in the rear foot and forefoot that gives it an incredibly smooth ride. The shoe is constructed of seamless materials, and the elimination of seams and stitching also eliminates the risk of irritating friction and scratching. This shoe comes in men's and women's.


Brooks Adrenaline GTS brooks

 A full-length segmented crash pad allows for smooth transitions from your heel to your toe, and the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar adds stability to the shoe. The midsole is designed to be great for people with moderate pronation, and for those with flat to medium arches. Your feet will stay dry and cool thanks to the moisture-management mesh upper. This shoe comes in men's and women's.


Other Trail Shoes we Love:


LaSportiva Mutant


This aggressive trail shoe will carry you over technical terrain with ease. The outsole incorporates FriXion® XF, LaSportiva's "stickiest running shoe sole compound," which provides superior traction. This shoe offers stability and grip on the roughest terrain, along with cushioning to keep your feet going longer. This shoe comes in men's and women's. 


North Face Ultra Cardiactnf

This is an excellent shoe for beginner trail runners, with a low price point and a stable fit. If your trail run includes portions of road, this is the shoe for you, as it is made to perform on any surface. It makes a great crossover shoe for anyone going from road to trail for the first time. It is flexible and light, but also protective, with a wide platform for added stability. Sticky threads give you traction on your uphill climbs, while the midsole cushioning protects your feet on the descent. This shoe comes in men's and women's.


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