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!


Winter Warmth


Everyone has a different approach to winter. Some of us live for snow and like to spend all day at the mountain, while others are more interested in staying warm inside and waiting for summer to return. No matter how you do winter, everyone can agree that there's nothing better than curling up by the fire at the end of a long day and getting comfortable and warm with family and friends. While we may be Fairfield County's top pick for adventure gear, we are also experts in comfort. In addition to all the equipment you need to fuel your adrenaline out on the mountain, we also have your apres-ski gear to hunker down and relax at the end of a chilly winter day... or for the entire day! 

Men's Slippers
mens slippers

Olukai Moloa slipper, $120; Acorn Slouch Boot, $69; Sorel Dude Moc, $85; UGG Olsen slipper, $110; Haflinger
Classic Grizzly Clog, $120; Acorn Rambler Moc, $85

Women's Slippers
women slippers

Haflinger Classic Grizzly Clog, $120; Sorel Out N About slipper, $85; Acorn Slouch Boot, $65; Acorn Chin Chilla, $45; Acorn Original Slipper Sock, $59; UGG Ansley slipper, $100

Men's Apparel
mens apparel

The North Face LFC Tri-Blend Pullover Hoodie, $36.95; Laundromat Stockholm Sweater, $130; Toad & Co. Ajax Fleece Pullover, $99; Patagonia LW Synchilla Snap-T, $99; Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T Pant, $99

Women's Apparel
women apparel

Patagonia Moonlighters Hoody, $79; The North Face Osito Pullover, $89.95; The North Face French Terry
Pullover Hoodie, $49.95; Patagonia LW Synchilla Snap-T, $99; The North Face Novelty Glacier Pullover, $54.95;
Toad & Co. Revival Fleece Pant, $79


Woolrich Blankets, $119 - $198


Assorted White Mountain puzzles, $16

Yeti Mugs

Yeti Rambler 20 oz Tumbler, $29.99; Yeti Rambler Lowball 4-Pack, $79.99; Yeti Rambler Colster, $29.99;
Yeti Rambler 30 oz, $39.99

We are open later during the holiday season for your convenience! Monday through Friday, our hours are 10 AM - 8 PM.


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!

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
girls fall

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



Water Shoes


As temperatures rise and spring fades into summer, we all have one thing on our mind: water sports! There's nothing quite like a long afternoon paddleboard trip across the lake or a boat ride out on the sound. Even while hiking, there is nothing more refreshing than taking a break to wade through a nearby stream. No matter how you like to get your feet wet, we have an abundance of water shoes for everything you love to do in summer. Quick drying and breathable with tightly gripping soles, these shoes will keep your feet protected and keep you cool and comfortable all throughout the summer. 

Summer Hiking
These shoes are made to be incredibly light and breathable, and we often recommend them to people who are taking a hiking trip in a warm weather climate. Wading through water in these is no problem; they dry very fast and will stay comfortable through whatever terrain you encounter. We carry the Capra Rapid and All Out Blaze Aero Sport from Merrell, and the Chaco Outcross Evo, all in men's and women's sizes.

Classic Boat Shoes
Sperry shoes were made for the deck of a boat. They were originally invented right here in Connecticut after founder Paul Sperry was inspired by his dog's ability to run across wet surfaces without sliding. The soles are non-marking and siped to keep you from slipping. The Sperry boating sneakers we carry are the Flex Deck CVO, Shock Light, and Sojourn Mesh.

Paddling and Portaging
When you need to take your boat out of the water and portage, you'll want to have a good sturdy shoe to make your way over land while carrying your heavy boat. Astral makes water shoes that have sturdy, supportive soles with excellent tread to help you make your way back to the water with ease. Check out the Porter, Aquanut, and Loyak, available in men's and women's sizes.

Everyday Comfort
Our favorite everyday summer footwear is any one of these comfortable, water-loving sandals. You can't go wrong with a pair of classic Tevas, while Keens offer toe protection just in case you run into some terrain. Anhu is a new brand for us, and their sandals are amazingly light and comfortable. We carry several models of Teva and Keen sandals for men and women. From Anhu, we carry the Del Rey for men and the Tilden for women.

Lifeguarding and Traveling
Hawaiian Brand Olukai created the Eleu Trainer for the Hawaiian Lifeguarding Association. Whether you are running through sandy terrain or swimming in the sea, these shoes will hold up to the challenge. We also recommend them as a comfortable everyday travel shoe, great for light hiking. The Eleu Trainer comes in men's and women's sizes.

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