For running shoes, trust the pros

By: Karen Dybis | April 18, 2022

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 the best kind of double duty. If you’re interested in learning how to run or upping your running game, having the right pair of shoes is essential for both your stride and the health of your feet. 

Running shoes are perhaps the most important thing you can wear if you want to put in some serious miles on the road or on the track. Running shoes are important because they’re specially designed for the exercise you’re doing, whether it is running on concrete, running on a trail, or exercising on a treadmill. In other words, you need the right shoes for the job. 

Make sure you go to an actual running store. 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.

When you finally get those new shoes, keep track of how often and how far you are running. The average pair of running shoes only last so long, depending on the conditions and what kind of runner you are. You will want to replace your shoes somewhat frequently, so consult the store’s staff or manager when you sense your pair is at their end.

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Here are five Metro Detroit running stores that can help you get the most out of your workout.

Hanson’s Running Shop

This brand may be one of the best known around Metro Detroit with locations in Lake Orion, Utica, Royal Oak and Grosse Pointe Woods. The staff members are experts on shoes, fitting and offering suggestions as to what kind of equipment you might need if you are a starting runner. Many of them also are runners and can suggest running groups or routes in your area as well. 


This locally owned, independent running store has been one of Detroit’s favorites since it opened. RUNdetroit offers a variety of running footwear for men and women as well as accessories for any kind of runner. It also organizes local runs for those looking to get started in their training or to go for their first marathon. You can book an appointment or come in anytime. 

Foot Solutions of St. Clair Shores

If you need someone to evaluate what kind of walking, running or specialty shoes you need to get exercising, then you may want to start with a Foot Solutions store. At the St. Clair Shores location, they will give you a seven-point analysis to find out more about your feet, your gait and any special concerns that you may have about how you run.


If you know what kind of running shoe you like, this shoe, clothing and accessories store may be a safe bet to visit. They carry all of the major shoe brands, including Nike, Adidas, Jordan and Vans. They carry shoes for men, women and kids, so if the family wants to run together, you likely can purchase all of the equipment you’ll need here. 

Gazelle Sports

This store, which has locations in Northville and Birmingham, focuses on helping its customers establish a healthy lifestyle, and that means helping people find the right shoes for what they want to do outside. They hold regular running events as well, so you can find a community of like-minded runners among the people shopping there. If you’re traveling, they also have stores in Holland, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.