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The footwear aficionados at Fleet Feet Houston's four locations outfit runners, walkers, and other exercisers with the proper kicks according to specific gaits and foot biomechanics. Paired with a knowledgeable clerk, customers select sneakers from an inventory of shoes tailored to male or female arches better than pumice stones shaped like respective gender symbols. Masculine triathletes don the colorful Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 6, a racing flat that shirks socks in lieu of breathable open mesh and a perforated sock liner. Lady joggers experience the freedom of barefoot frolicking with lightweight Vibram FiveFingers Jaya shoes, snugly fitted sneakers that promote balance and maintain biannual pedicures by sequestering toes in separate sections.

2408 Rice Blvd
Houston,
TX
US

More than 40 years ago, Daniel Boone Cycles began as a backyard operation as Joy and Dan Boone and their seven children started refurbishing used bikes to augment their income. Over the years, their little shop grew and evolved, becoming known throughout the cycling community as the place to go for rare, high-end bicycles and parts. Now, their inventory includes Specialized and Bianchi bikes, as well as tandems, recumbents, and special-order brands from Strida to Kestrel, all still located in the family’s backyard. The mechanics can custom-build frames to any specifications, short of attaching an E.T. to them, and perform bike fittings for riders to ensure their chosen steed is suited to their body for comfort.

Local artists and well-known personalities also influenced the shop: the flying-wheel logo was drawn by Adventure Cycling Association cofounder Greg Siple, and the ironwork at the shop’s entrance was constructed by artist and former bike-shop owner Lee Benner. In continuing with the family’s involvement with the bicycle community, Joy is in the process of raising money for a bicycle museum that she plans to construct on a parcel of her own land.

5318 Crawford St
Houston,
TX
US

As the indoor swimming arm of the Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School scuba-diving school?recently named Houston's best by the Houston Press?Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School entices water persons with a saltwater pool of titanic proportions. The facility's 75-foot long, up to 15-foot deep heated saltwater pool plays host to a crowded schedule of activities. The watery fun includes swim instruction for those less than 1 year old as well as adults. Regular times are also set aside for lap swimmers and indoor scuba sessions in which divers explore the saltwater pool's mysterious depths.

4502 Almeda Rd.
Houston,
TX
US

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1510 Polk St
Houston,
TX
US

Running enthusiast Raymond Cooper and his crew at Finish Strong Sports stock shelves with a range of athletic sandals and running shoes by trusted brands such as Nike, Adidas, Asics, and New Balance. Nike Solar Slides ($29.99) and Nike Comfort Thong 2 ($29.99) flip flops allow toes to wave in the breeze, and Spenco Total Support Yumi sandals ($29.99) boast an orthotic-caliber arch that supports crisis-prone metatarsals. The sales team wields a vast knowledge of fitness and feet in order to fit customers with the right pair of sneakers that promote comfortable exercise and miles of injury-free moonwalking.

6426 Washington Ave
Houston,
TX
US

Texadelphia's menu of cheesy, steaky, 100%-Angus-beefy goodness kicks off any meal with a bang. Order some chips and guac ($5.49–$5.99) and chicken tenders ($6.49–$6.99) before tearing into the Founder's Favorite, the cheesesteak that started it all (Angus beef or thin-sliced chicken breast, cheese, mushrooms, and jalapeños, $6.89–$6.99). Branch out along southern lines with the Texican, a beef or chicken cheesesteak with all the trimmings and a side of chili con queso for topping or spooning ($6.89–$6.99), or the Hickory, laden with house-recipe hickory barbecue sauce and manned by a crew of mouth-pleasing cherry peppers ($6.89–$6.99). Items of non-Philly origin also dot the menu, such as the grilled-chicken sandwich on a toasted wheat bun ($6.29–$6.59) and the smoked turkey and guacamole salad ($6.79). Prices and menu offerings vary slightly between the two locations.

6025 Westheimer Rd
Houston,
TX
US