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!



It's always a good idea to stock up early on your winter items, especially here in New England where it can be hard to predict exactly when winter is going to start. While we expect to have until December before winter boots become an everyday necessity, there are a few brands that always sell out very quickly here at Outdoor Sports Center. We want to make sure you get the exact boots you want before they disappear, so we've put together an overview of the brands and models that we expect to fly off the shelves this season.

Men's Boots


The Avenue Duck Boot and the brand new Decoy boots are perfect examples of the much-loved, classic duck boot style. While the Avenue Duck Boot is a tried and true favorite, the Decoy and Decoy Shearling are brand new boots from Sperry. The Decoy Shearling is very warm and is a great boot for venturing out on a cold winter's day, while the Avenue and Decoy are highly recommended apres-ski boots with some thick wool socks.


Baffin boots are the warmest winter boots that we sell. The Musk Ox is our best selling Baffin boot; it's extremely comfortable and has a built-in gaiter. The Revelstoke is incredibly light with an excellent warmth rating, and even has a moldable bootie that is naturally molded by the warmth of your foot.

The look of Sorel's winter boots is arguably the most "classic" winter boot style around. The Caribou and Cheyanne Lace are our most popular men's boots, both waterproof and seam-sealed so you can venture out in all kinds of weather. The Cheyanne incorporates that classic duck boot look, and while both boots are great for everyday winter wear, Sorel considers the Caribou to be best for heavy snow.

Women's Boots

We carry several models of Pajar boots that come equipped with their signature Ice Gripper technology, which helps to keep you sturdy while traversing slippery ice. Instead of having to strap something over your shoe to help you walk on slippery surfaces, these boots actually come with them built in, and with the option to use them only when needed. It's quick and easy to flip the red tabs on the shoes' soles to the studded side, and when you don't need them anymore, just simply flip them back.


The Classic II still incorporates all the much-loved features of the original Classic UGG boot, but comes pre-treated for water and stain resistance and has a new outsole that offers increased traction, durability, cushioning and flexibility. The Adirondack is a hardy snow boot, with waterproof leather and water-resistant wool, offering style and unfaltering warmth at the same time. The Blayre is a dressy boot, perfect for everything from a chilly night out to a winter wedding. It offers unsurpassed style as well as the cozy sheepskin lining that UGG is famous for.


The Joan of Arctic and Tofino II are quite possibly the most popular winter boots for women. They are waterproof and warm, and offer that timeless, classic silhouette that so perfectly represents winter style. Each one comes in several different colors, but don't wait--these boots sell out more quickly than any other product in our store, year after year!

Tips for Race Day


The Sono Half is fast approaching, and after months of training with our Tuesday night and Saturday morning group runs, it's finally time to get ready for the big day! With just two weeks left until race day, we want to make sure you are geared up, pumped up and ready to run. We have talked to the most avid runners on our staff, along with race directors James and Shannon Whipple and dietician Matt Kansy, to gather tips for getting race ready. Whether you are running the SONO Half, the 5K, or just hoping to get some good runs in this fall, these tips will help to ensure that you have a comfortable and fun time.



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
"The day before the race, stick to foods that are easy to digest and nutrient-dense, no big heavy meals. While some carbs are good, loading up on tons of them is a thing of the past. Try rice, sweet potato, winter squash, fruit, or any other starchy root or tuber that you like. Add in some lean proteins and healthy fats like olive oil, eggs, or avocado. On race day, have your morning meal about 3 hours before the race. You only need around 300-400 calories, so don't go overboard! Also, I recommend coconut water as an easy-to-digest source of potassium." -Matt Kansy

"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

"As for coffee or caffeine, a little can be great, but too much is never a good idea. You will probably already be amped up from all the excitement, and while caffeine can be a great stimulant and offer some good performance gains, it can also act as a diuretic and you do not want that!" -Matt Kansy

*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 runs the week before, and make sure your body takes to it with ease.


"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

"While it's important to stay hydrated, it's also important to not over-hydrate. Too much water can actually dilute the electrolytes in your body and blood. Depending on your size and the outside temperature, you probably won't need much more than 16 ounces per hour." -Matt Kansy


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 is to 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

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 on low volume, and forget about it!" -Heidi Smith

Take Advantage of Opportunities to Give Back
"If it's a chilly morning and you're worried about staying warm before the race begins, wear something you'd like to donate. Any discarded layers at the starting line will be donated to local charities after the race." -Shannon Whipple

"We will also have an opportunity to donate used shoes at the race. Fur-Gotten Tails Animal Rescue is looking to collect 2,500 pairs of shoes by Nov. 1 to donate to people in third world countries who are in need of shoes, as well as to help the animals in their care." -James Whipple



You can check in for the SONO Half early here at the store. Come by on Friday Oct. 14th between 11 am and 7 pm 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 am. Parking at Veteran's Park also closes at 8:30, the half will begin at 9, and the 5K at 9:30.

When you check in, you will recieve a coupon for 15% off any running product, valid through Sunday October 16th. Be sure you have everything you need (nutrition, recovery products, etc.) so you'll be worry free on race day.

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.


Collect your adventure-worthy footage and compile a short film for a chance to win one of three gift cards to Outdoor Sports Center! 

Create a short film that captures your passion for the outdoors; judges are looking for entries that highlight action, creativity, excitement and originality. We will be showing the finalists' short films on the big screen at Fairfield Theatre Company during the Telluride MountainFilm Festival on October 23rd! 

About the Event:

Outdoor Sports Center is partnering up with the Fairfield Theatre Company to showcase Telluride MountainFilm on Tour along with an all-day family-friendly Outdoor Festival on October 23rd. Your short film could be up on the big screen along with other amazing outdoor adventure films! Read more about the event here.

Enter to Win:

  • Film cannot exceed 5 minutes in length
  • Must be original footage in HD quality
  • Download an entry form here
  • Submit a Youtube or Vimeo link with your entry form to
  • Deadline for entries is October 18th
  • Winner must be present at the Telluride MountainFilm Festival to win. Films will showcase on StageOne at 5 PM and the winner will be announced shortly after.
  • Please be aware that the prizes are gift cards to the store, and we do not have an online store. If you are not local to the area you may not be eligible to win.


1st place: $500 gift card 

2nd Place: $200 gift card 

3rd Place: $100 gift card

Tax Free Week


August 21st to 27th is Tax Free Week in the state of Connecticut! All clothing and footwear items under $100 will be free of sales tax. Shop for back to school apparel and save 6.35%.

Get your kids ready for school with new apparel from reliable brands like The North Face and Patagonia. Timeless styles, unfaltering warmth and durable fabrics are just a few of the characteristics of our favorite brands. Everyday school attire like vests, shirts, and zip-ups will have your children ready for all-day comfort this fall.


Fall Layers for Toddlers


Patagonia Baby Furry Friends Hoody in forge grey, $55; Patagonia Baby Down
Sweater in moonow/birch, $99; Patagonia Baby Down Sweater in deep sea
blue, $99; Patagonia Baby Down Sweater Vest in magic pink, $99. 


Cozy Winter Coats for Toddlers
toddlers winter

Patagonia Baby Reversibe Honey Duff Hoody in indy pink, $99; Patagonia Baby
Reversible Tribbles Hoody in pitch stripe/navy, $99


Fall Layers for Boys


North Face Rev Yukon Jacket in graphite, $99.95; North Face Glacier 1/4 zip in
red, $36.95; Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4 zip jacket in nickel, $79; Patagonia
Down Sweater Vest in deep sea blue, $99


Fall Layers for Girls
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North Face Reversible Mossbud Swirl Vest in wisteria purple, $76.95; North Face Glacier
1/4 zip in grape mist blue, $36.95; North Face Oso Hoodie in ice green, $89.95; Patagonia
Re-Tool Snap T in tailor grey/nickel, $99


Long Sleeve Shirts for Boys & Girls
ls shirts

Patagonia Capilene Heavyweight in deep sea blue, $45; Spyder Bocca T Neck in black/multi, $50; Smartwool Mid 250 Pattern Zip in dark blue steel, $65; Smartwool Mid
250 Pattern Crew in mountain purple heather, $50




Footwear options include winter boots, sneakers, rain boots, and much more. Growing kids are always in need of new shoes; take advantage of Tax Free Week to save money and stock up on what you need! girls shoes

Sorel Snow Commander in tropic pink, $55; Bogs Classic in grape, $80; Asics
Gel-Venture 5 GS in silver grey, $55; Sorel Slimpack II Lace in nori, $90; Keen
Oakridge Low WP in magnet/berry, $65

 boys shoes

Keen Oakridge Low WP in magnet/blue, $65; Sorel Slimpack II Lace in elk, $90;
Asics GT-1000 5 PS in mid grey, $55; Bogs Classic in mossy oak, $80; Sorel Snow
Commander in black/super, $55

This fall, we are participating in Pay Your Pack Forward, an initiative by The North Face to collect new or gently used backpacks for people in need. If your child has a relatively new backpack that is in good condition, consider donating it here at the store and in return you will receive a $10 gift card to Outdoor Sports Center! If you're feeling extra generous, you can even purchase a new pack here to donate. Head down to the store for more details! 


Local Hiking Spots


We are lucky to live in a part of the country where beautiful hiking trails abound, and even luckier to have endless options right in our own little corner of Connecticut. There are many hiking trails that cater to those of you who want to spend a full day out in the woods, conquering new terrain and never passing the same rock twice. On the contrary, if you are a new hiker or you want to introduce the activity to your young children, there is no shortage of local trails that will fit your needs. We've put together a guide to some of our favorite nearby hiking spots based on the ease of the hike and size of the park. In addition, we compiled a list of must-have items for each one so you can stay safe and comfortable on the trail. Don't forget: a good sturdy pair of hiking boots or trail shoes is your number one piece of gear! 

The Norwalk River Valley Trail
The NRVT is a local favorite; it offers the chance to take a walk in the woods without having to deal with any variable terrain. If you want to spend some time beneath the trees with a young child, or even push your baby in a stroller, the NRVT is the perfect spot. The Wilton Loop has an entrance on Route 7 at the corner of Wolfpit Road, with a park & ride lot right across from the trailhead. There is another entrance to the Wilton Loop at Merwin Meadows; this section of trail is set back from the road a bit more, but both sections are flat enough to walk comfortably with a stroller.

Gear List:
water bottle, bug spray (we recommend Natrapel 8-hour)

Wilton Town Forest

The Town Forest, sometimes known as Wilton Woods, is the largest open space in town. It is also considered to be the most rugged, meaning that you will get the experience of variable terrain and interesting geography without having to even leave Wilton. Hiking all the way around the park is about two and a half miles, so it would be a great opportunity to introduce your children to the joys of hiking without taking them somewhere too overwhelming. 

Gear List:
water bottle, bug spray, extra layer, small first aid kit (we recommend Family Medic from Adventure Medical Kit), whistle

Devil's Den Preserve

Devil's Den in Weston and Redding is the largest preserve in Fairfield County, at 1,746 acres. It encompasses 20 miles of trails and has variable terrain with ponds and streams. Depending on your skill level, a hike around the park would take around 3 or 4 hours, but it is definitely possible to explore deeper and spend the entire day getting to know this huge park. The hike would be a bit strenuous for small children, but any child who is fit for a few hours of hiking will love this park (note: this park is not dog-friendly).

Gear List:
water bottle, bug spray, extra layer, small first aid kit, whistle, poncho, day pack (we recommend the Osprey Daylite), trail bar, knife/multitool (we recommend the Leatherman Supertool)

Appalachian Trail, CT Section

The famous Appalachian Trail passes through the northwestern corner of Connecticut, and you only need to drive about an hour from Wilton to access it. The AT is a great option for an all-day hike, but we highly recommend taking it a step further for an overnight camping and hiking adventure. Keep in mind that it is a continuous trail, so unless you organize a ride back to your car you will be doing an out-and-back hike. One option we recommend, if you're hiking with a friend, is to take two cars and leave one at the ending point of your hike so that you can experience more of the trail without having to turn around and backtrack. Be sure to research in advance the parking spots that allow overnight parking and the areas that allow camping (there are many!).

Gear List:
water bottle, bug spray, extra layer, small first aid kit, whistle, poncho, day pack, trail bar, knife/multitool, freeze-dried meal, light stove (we recommend the Whisperlite from MSR), gas, tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag (we recommend the Summerlite from Western Mountaineering), pot, utensils, headlamp, pack (we recommend a pack in the 30-48 liter range, such as the 35-liter Banchee from The North Face), water purifier, extra socks



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