Footwear

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!

 

Put Winter Behind you with all-new Running Gear

02/04/2019


We carry a large selection of the newest running and trail running footwear meant to take farther, faster, and more comfortably. When you are looking for shoes that will keep you running in comfort day in and day out, make sure to come see our running department to start trying on the options.

Running Overhead


We all love to run, and we know our customers love it too. We've been bringing in a wide variety of running gear, clothing, and footwear, to make sure we have the best selection for runners of every age, experience level, and need. This season we've brought in a new brand for us that is very exciting, Hoka One One.

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Hoka One One embraces and adds stimulating new dimensions to running. It's fun. It's fast. It's freedom. It's flying. Hoka One One shoes allow your feet to move freely and naturally. Engineered for maximum cushion, comfort, protection and energy return, while still offering lightweight, nimble performance and uninhibited movement. They provide runners of all types with an energizing, stable ride. Hoka One One understood from the beginning that natural foot motion was extremely important for uniformity of stride. Hoka One One incorporated minimum drop geometry along with a rolling rocker design to promote consistent rhythm in the runner's foot strike.

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When you're here make sure to check out Hoka One One and all the other great running brands we carry like Asics, Salomon, The North Face, Brooks, Ecco, Patagonia, 2xU, and CWX. We have everything you need to put the winter behind you and get running this summer. 

 

Running Shoes

 

Sandals for Spring Break

01/01/2019


Spring is here, and summer is right around the corner. All the footwear you need to get out and enjoy the change in weather is here at Outdoor Sports Center. We are really excited to being carrying two new brands Sperry and Hari Mari, as well as welcome back an old favorite, Birkenstock.

Sperry TablePaul Sperry was born into a Connecticut family with a long sea-faring tradition. An avid sailor and inventor, who almost lost his life to a slippery deck, Paul Sperry spent years and dozens of experiments trying to perfect a non-slip boat shoe. One day, after watching his dog dart effortlessly across the ice, he carved grooves - like those on his dog's paws - into the bottom of a rubber sole. In that moment of inspiration, the world's first boat shoe was born beginning the legacy of Sperry Top-Sider.

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Birkenstock has passion for their products, an appreciation of their heritage and a genuine belief in their benefits. To that end, their business is a reflection of what they choose to represent - quality products that are comfortable, unique, timeless and respectful of the world around us. In a word, trendscendent. They have been a classic for hundreds of years, and we are excited to carry them again.

 

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We also have a an awesome selection of summer footwear from Olu Kai, Chaco, Keen, Merrel, North Face, Cushe, Patagonia, Reef and more. So come see our footwear department for the best variety of fun new summer footwear. We have everything you need to get out side and enjoy the warmer weather.

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All About Superfeet

12/26/2017


All of us here at Outdoor Sports Center are huge fans of Superfeet, so much so that a majority of us have one kind or another in every pair of shoes we own. They aren't just great for shoes either, all of us have them in our ski boots and recommend them to countless numbers of people everyday for theirs. They work just as well in cycling shoes and dress shoes, pretty much anything that goes on your feet will benefit from a pair of Superfeet. All it takes is one pair and some time on your feet and we are confident you will feel the difference in comfort. Seem to good to be true? Read on to find out what makes Superfeet such a truly awesome product, we think you'll love them as much as we do!


The Truth About Insoles


The insoles that are provided in typical shoes really amount to what are usually the least expensive options for the manufacturer to use. It's an unfortunate truth that hasn't changed in many years and probably won't for years to come. The same is true with ski boots, hiking boots, and others; the insoles that come with the boots are put there as a placeholder, since the manufacturer assumes that you will use an aftermarket insole to get the correct fit. Many people never change their insole, and therefore never achieve a proper fit.


It simply wouldn't make sense for a footwear or ski boot manufacturer to provide performance insoles. Every foot is different, so to address every different foot shape they would have to send out multiple insoles with every one of their products.  Can you imagine how much a pair of running shoes would end up costing?



The Basis of Superfeet is Science


Based on the principles of podiatric medicine, Superfeet's shape, design and manufacture have set the standard, and earned over 40 U.S. and International patents along the way. Superfeet insoles help adapt the flat, 2-dimensional midsoles of your footwear to your 3-dimensional foot. The distinct Superfeet shape helps to stabilize the foot, while the deep, structured heel cup and full-length foam provide support and comfort.

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The foundation of Superfeet is built from biomechanics. Biomechanics is the study of how muscles, bone, tendons and ligaments work to produce movement. Most of what Superfeet focus on is supporting the rearfoot because it is where the majority of foot motion (standing, walking and running) originates.

Biomechanics


Because the feet are the foundation of the body's biomechanical support system, foot misalignment can manifest as not only foot pain, but also discomfort in the ankles, knees, hip, back, neck or head.



Facts About Our Feet

  • 80% of feet are unstable and 20% are stable.
  • A very small percentage of the population is born with foot problems.
  • On average an active person takes 8,000 to 13,000 steps per day.
  • The heel hits the ground at approximately 3 to 5 times the body weight when walking and up to 10 times when running.
  • Women suffer four times as many foot problems as men.
  • There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, the third most concentrated place on the body

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The Different Types of Feet


The foot has two primary motions:


Pronation: The body's natural way of absorbing shock. During pronation, the foot expands as it absorbs your body weight and adapts to the surface underneath. Because of the hard, flat surfaces we walk on, our feet tend to stay in a pronated position too long during the gait cycle.


Supination: The foot's natural way of providing a strong, supportive foundation for the body. During supination, the foot rebounds from pronating to become a rigid lever, helping the body stand upright and propel itself forward.

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Unstable feet are usually pronated and have a low arch. Over pronation can cause flattening of the arch and foot elongation. This results in plantar fasciitis, bunions, blisters, knee, hip and back pain, and shin splints. The end result is compensated posture and inefficient motion, which causes weakness and loss of power during toe-off. A supinated foot can be predisposed to ankle sprains, ligament strains and tears, tendonitis and poor shock absorption.


Plantar fasciitis is a common and painful condition resulting from tears in the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue, which connects the heel to the forefoot.  Medical professionals routinely recommend the use of a supportive insole as part of the treatment protocol for this condition.



Three Keys to Every Superfeet Product

  1. Structured heel cup: Encapsulates and positions the soft tissue under the heel, maximizing natural shock absorption.
  2. Rearfoot support: The support you feel towards the back of your arch and the front of your heel is the distinct Superfeet shape stabilizing the rearfoot.
  3. Firm stabilization: A firm foam layer and a stabilizer cap combine to create the supportive shape that Superfeet are famous for.

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What Superfeet Insoles Do


Most of what Superfeet focus on is supporting the rearfoot because it is where the majority of foot motion (standing, walking and running) originates. If the feet aren't supported correctly, unstable movement can lead a whole host of foot health issues. Superfeet help stabilize your feet so they can work more efficiently.

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  1. The forefoot
  2. The midfoot
  3. The rearfoot


Each joint must maximize its work capacity in order for your foot to work efficiently. Superfeet help the Midtarsal Joint stabilize your foot, so the Subtalar Joint can act as an effective shock absorber, while restoring full function to your 1st Metatarsal Phalangeal Joint, helping you propel forward.

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  1. The 1st Metatarsal Phalangeal Joint (propulsion)
  2. The Midtarsal Joint (stabilization)
  3. The Subtalar Joint (shock absorption)

Support


Without good support, collapsing feet will increase movement inside the shoe. This causes a less efficient stride, and intensifies stress on feet, ankles and knees. All that additional stress can cause foot pain, fatigue and risk of injury.


With Superfeet the feet are supported and stabilized, reducing stress on feet, ankles and knees. Your stride also becomes more efficient, reducing fatigue and risk of injury. Superfeet can even help prevent and treat heel pain, runner's knee and plantar fasciitis.

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Photos and information courtesy of Superfeet Worldwide Inc.

Local Hiking Spots

08/01/2016


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 



 

Go-To Running Shoes

06/16/2016


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!

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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.

 

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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:

 


Road


Hoka Clifton 2

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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.

 


Trail


Salomon Speedcross 3

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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

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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
 

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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

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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 Cardiac

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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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