Running is a healthy activity for body and mind, unless it involves jogging while reading baseball star Mark McGwire's first romance novel. Improve your running experience and move on to Mr. McGwire's later works with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of athletic shoes and workout apparel at New Balance New Canaan.
At New Balance, a trio of fit specialists dole out free high-tech foot analyses to customers before equipping them with the ideal athletic footwear or apparel. Patrons can shroud feet in a yellow and pink pair of New Balance 890 running shoes ($99.99) or gain a competitive edge in marathons, decathlons, or grape-stomping tournaments in the men's New Balance 574 cross-trainers ($64.99). The purple long-sleeve tee ($23.99) combines form and function by hugging closely to curves while wicking away sweat and flaunts a graphic-print neon swagger. With a stretchy set of athletic oval laces ($1.99), athletes can prevent laces from flopping around and keep the footwear's tongues from smack talking each other.
New Balance New Canaan
Under the leadership of manager Mike Condon, New Balance's professional fit specialists employ their expertise and iStep machine to fit runners, walkers, and athletes with an appropriate pair of New Balance shoes. Properly fitted footwear prevents blisters, strains, and comparisons to clowns. A selection of athletic apparel garbs active people from head to toe, encouraging support and free movement. The shop gives back to the community by raising money for charity, hosting road races, and accepting used footwear donations for Kids Helping Kids and Soles for Souls.