Only in the past few decades have designers realized that different sports require specialized shoes, finally ending a painful period of the Harlem Globetrotters playing basketball in stiletto pumps. Obtain more diverse footwear with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of running shoes and apparel at Hit the Trails in Lithia.
Running-gear emporium Hit the Trails stocks its shelves with top brands and its sales floor with dedicated runners, including owner Stephen Dunn, who has 18 marathons notched into the soles of his track shoes. For men, the Brooks Glycerin shoe ($129) cossets feet in enough stabilizing cushion to sprint comfortably down a path of giant Lego bricks, while the Brooks Ghost 4 ($99) offers Omega flex grooves for extra flexibility. Ladies can gain competitive edge in a pair of Asics Rocketgirl track shoes ($45) or take to the trails in the innovative Saucony Kinvara 2's ($90). To make sure you go home with the perfect kicks for your stride, a camera-equipped treadmill gives a tech-assisted test-drive to prospective new hoof holsters, analyzing details not visible to the naked eye, such as precise fit at crucial impact points and whether or not shoes are on the right foot. Hit the Trails frequently sponsors local races, ensuring that runners never have to run alongside Vespa rallies to find the competitive challenge they seek.