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!

 

Trail Running

03/19/2015

Warm weather means it's time to say goodbye to the treadmill and hello to running outside! We recommend trail running this season to breathe in the fresh air and stretch your legs. Trail running has tons of advantages over running on the road, such as lower impact on your joints and a more serene environment. Here at Outdoor Sports Center we have all the gear you need, including a fantastic assortment of new trail running shoes! For those of you who are new to trail running, we've compiled a few tips to get you started safely and to help you get the most out of your run.

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Be Aware
When running on a trail, you'll be surprised how quickly you start to de-stress and enjoy the beauty around you. Whether on a dirt path or a gravel road, you will stumble upon streams, bridges, and hills that will vary in difficulty and keep you alert. Wilton alone has so many great parks for all levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced runners can enjoy a variety of distance and intensity at each park. Be careful to start at an easier level if you are a beginner. The east loop of the Norwalk River Valley Trail is a wide gravel path that's 2 miles long, easy to navigate, and just opened up this year. The entrance is across from the commuter lot on Wolf Pit Road, and it is a great starting point for beginners. It's important to remember that trails are for a wide variety of use; mountain bikers, dog walkers, and sometimes horses all share the same path, so stay alert just like you would on the road. Another challenge is following the trail markers in order to not get lost. This is much more of an issue on harder trails, like the Wilton Town Forest for experienced runners, so keep your phone or GPS on you at all times as a safety precaution.

Start Slow
If you're more accustomed to running on the road, you will find that the trail is completely different. Different muscles are being used; for example, trail running involves more focus on balance, which means engaging your core. There are often much steeper hills than you would encounter on the road and all sorts of obstacles. Be careful to ensure you have proper footing in order to protect yourself from twisted ankles and falls. Don't start out trying to achieve the same mileage that you run on the road. In fact, because of all the added challenges, it is wise when running on the trail to focus more on the time you spend running than the actual miles you run. Your time will reflect the intensity of your workout better than your miles will.

Accessorize!
There are several pieces of gear other than running shoes that are crucial for trail running.
We carry the Ultra Trail Gaiter by Outdoor Research ($45) which will protect your feet from anything that could potentially fly up and get in your boot. This time of year, with all the snow melting and creating muddy trails, this is a must-have item!
Certain socks are much better on the trail than others, such as Smartwool's PhD Run ($15.95), which are more technical socks that have been completely revamped with more durability and a higher thread count. The ankle comes up higher on these socks, which will protect your ankles in rougher areas.
Wearing sunglasses while trail running can protect your eyes from low-hanging branches that might not be so easy to see. Of course, you do not want to wear dark lenses when running in the woods, but brands like Smith and Native have many models that include a second lighter lens. Smith Parallels even come with an additional clear lens.
Most importantly, make sure you pick up a hydration pack or water bottle to keep you hydrated on the trail! We have hydration bottles and packs from Nathan, Fuel Belt, and Amphipod.

 

Here are the trail running shoes that our experts recommend above all others!

BrooksBrooks Cascadia 10 - This shoe has been redesigned with a more technical outsole, implementing the design of Brooks' PureGrit outsole. New smaller lugs give you significantly better traction on the trail. We carry this shoe in men's and women's.

Hoka

Hoka Mafate Speed - This shoe is designed specifically for long distance running on the trail. Hoka is known for designing shoes with the most cushioning to keep you comfortable when running long distances. We carry this shoe in men's and women's.

LaSportiva

LaSportiva Bushido - (Is this the most advanced tread?) This is the shoe you want if you will be running on a lot of technical terrains. The soles have extra grip and even give you the option to add spikes. They are excellent for varied terrain and drastic elevation changes. We carry this shoe in men's and women's.

Salomon

Salomon Speedcross 3 - Known for its spectacular traction, this shoe performs in all weather conditions. If you like to run Spartan Races, Tough Mudders, or any other event that involves racing in the mud, this is the shoe for you. The Speedcross 3 is perfect for wet conditions. We carry this shoe in men's and women's.

Asics

Asics Gel-Fujitrabuco 3 - If you are new to trail running, this is the shoe you want to start with. Although it is great for any experience level, the wide base makes it incredibly stable, which is an important feature for a beginner trail runner. We carry this shoe in men's.

Spring Lookbook

02/16/2015

After a sub-zero Presidents Day Weekend, spring weather might seem like a faraway dream. But for us, spring begins when we start hanging those lighter layers up on the racks! Lighter, brighter fabrics are appearing all over our clothing department as we get ready to welcome the spring season. As we know, spring temperatures can be just as variable as the winter we've had, which is why we've got you covered for any conditions you might encounter in the coming months. 

Sometimes a cool base is all you need, but you're always safest with a light jacket tucked into your pack. A good rain coat will keep you from heading inside early, and your feet will welcome some lighter footwear after being cooped up in snow boots all winter. Patagonia and North Face never fail to make their staple pieces look fresh with new color combinations, and lifestyle favorites like Toad & Co. and Prana have us eager for backyard parties and strolls on the beach. We've put together some of our favorite spring outfit ideas to inspire you and get you just as amped up as we are for a beautiful spring!

 

Womens 

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Patagonia Cap Lightweight Crew, Aquastorm, $49; Smith Outlier XL Polarized,
Honey Tortoise, $119

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Patagonia Cap Daily T-Shirt, Navy Blue, $39; Smith Serpico Polarized, Gold, $119



Mens

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Patagonia El Ray Shirt, Owen Tail Grey, $89; Costa Zane 580 Glass Polarized, $249

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Patagonia El Ray Shirt, Truckee Classic Red, $79; Maui Jim Leeward Coast $299

Kids

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Glacier 1/4 Zip, Budding Green, $36.95

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Glacier 1/4 Zip, Fiery Red, $36.95

Footwear

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Cool New Looks for the Summer Heat

05/01/2014

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.

Birk Table

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.

 

Olukai

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.

Other

Put Winter Behind You With New Summer Running Gear

04/04/2014

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.

Running Woman

 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

 

End of Summer Swim Sale!

03/05/2014

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

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

 

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

 

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

 patagonia

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

 

Swimsuits

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

 

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

 

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Carve Isla Full Piece, $84

 

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Patagonia Wavefarer Board Shorts

 

Sandals

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Birkenstock Arizona

 

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Birkenstock Giza

 

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Chaco Yampa

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