Trusting The Shoe Pros To Kickstart Your Run

April 24, 2024
pair of green running shoes from RUNdetroit

Photo courtesy of RUNdetroit

Getting outside during the warmer months is one of the best ways to enjoy Metro Detroit, and getting some exercise at the same time is even better. If you’re interested in learning how to run or upping your running game, having the right pair of running shoes is essential for both your performance and injury prevention. 

Make sure you go to an actual running store, though, when you’re looking to add a pair to your closet. They can evaluate everything about your feet and the conditions around you to suggest the right shoes and other accessories you might need. With this advice, you can ensure you stay safe and your feet are protected during your daily run. Let’s lace up and explore some of the top specialty running shoe stores in our area, each renowned for their expertise in fitting and customer service.


Multiple locations in Metro Detroit

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With a legacy of promoting running culture in Metro Detroit, Hanson’s Running Shop stands out for its commitment to sharing expert running knowledge. Not only can they help you find the best shoes for you, but the team at Hanson’s Running Shop also offers free training plans if you want to try running a marathon yourself.  Many of them also are runners and can suggest running groups or routes in your area as well. If you know what gear you’re looking for, Hanson’s also offers free next-day delivery on online orders if you live within 15 miles of one of their locations. The passion for running goes beyond the stores here, though. With their Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, the owners created an opportunity for post-collegiate runners to train beyond school, providing housing while they train to compete on a national and international level. 


441 West Canfield Street, Detroit

This locally owned, independent running store has been one of Detroit’s favorites since it opened. At RUNdetroit, the philosophy is simple: every runner is unique and so are their needs. Owner Justin Craig emphasizes this, stating, “RUNdetroit has been helping Detroit runners and walkers find their perfect athletic shoe since 2013. Our award-winning fitting process focuses on each individual’s need allowing us to recommend the best shoes for your needs, as well as provide useful insights into staying motivated and injury-free as you reach your fitness goals.” Beyond offering a variety of running footwear and accessories, the team also organizes local runs for those looking to hit the pavement with others. 


99 West Maple Road, Birmingham

39737 Traditions Drive, Northville

Gazelle Sports operates on the principle that a great running shoe can transform your exercise experience. They offer a wide variety of running shoes, gear, and accessories, catering to all levels of experience from the casual jogger to the competitive racer. This Michigan-based, locally owned and operated business is on the mission to, “pursue, encourage, and celebrate healthy lifestyles.” Part of that is helping people find the right shoes for their outdoor interests, but Gazelle Sports also places an importance on community. They hold regular training programs and free clinics to help with concerns like running gait or injuries. 


15265 Dix Toledo Road, Southgate

With almost 40 years of experience, Total Runner is a treasure trove for runners, offering a comprehensive selection of running shoes and gear. With a priority on helping those looking for comfort and enjoyment when running or walking, the team at Total Runner aims to help athletes at all levels improve their endurance and strength. This business sponsors local running clubs and races and also offers training to customers. For downriver runners, the knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect fit, ensuring support tailored to your running style and foot structure.


Multiple locations in Metro Detroit

Fleet Feet has made a significant impact on the local running scene in Metro Detroit. Marketing Director Annabelle Smith shares, “The running community is stronger than ever here in South East Michigan, and Fleet Feet Michigan is proud to support our local runners and running groups here in Metro Detroit. Whether you are running, walking, or on your feet at work all day long, one of the most important ways to help prevent injuries and alleviate foot pain is to ensure that you’re in the right shoe.” One way Fleet Feet helps find the shoes for you is through their complimentary fit id outfitting process, utilizing 3D foot-scanning tech to take precise measurements and map pressure points while your feet are in motion. They use this to determine the amount of support you may need to comfortably move. With this technology, the uniqueness of your feet can result in a unique running shoe solution.

This article has been updated to include new information. The original article was published on April 18, 2022, and was authored by Karen Dybis.