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!

 

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

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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.

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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

 

prana

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

All About Superfeet

02/17/2014

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.

Foot_Sections

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.

Foot_Joints

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.

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