Runners wear specialized shoes for support and speed, while tap dancers wear specialized shoes to protect their soles from the stage and annoy their downstairs neighbors. Lace up a pair of stealthy sneakers with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 toward running shoes and apparel at Raleigh Running Outfitters in Cary.
The swift-footed staff at Raleigh Running Outfitters stocks shelves with 60 styles of racing and training shoes in major brands such as Adidas, Asics, and Saucony. Employing advanced video gait analysis, shoe gurus scrutinize strides, foot strike, and size of ankle wings to measure pronation and recommend proper foot friends. Lady runners secure lightweight blue or black Saucony Hattoris ($79.99) onto feet with a Velcro strap, and Adidas' Supernova Sequence 4 sneakers coddle men's jogging joints with impact-absorbent cushioning ($109). The Ariel by Brooks supports soles and reduces pronation ($129.99), and the Brooks Trance 10 ($139.99) treats toes to an interior as soft as a lazy teddy bear's stomach.
Raleigh Running Outfitters
Runners are different. Different from non-runners and different from each other. Raleigh Running Outfitters' Jim Micheels understands this uniqueness. With more than 25 years of running experience and over 20 marathons under his belt, Jim is well versed in the art of motion. In return, Jim and his staff of running experts provide customers with the latest gear and technology to keep moving until someone completes the first Transatlantic marathon.
Inside the athletic outfitter, shelves brim with more than 60 styles of running shoes, along with racks of shorts, jackets, and shirts that keep body temperatures regulated. A video gait analysis system tracks customers' leg movement to analyze their stride, ankle motion, and foot strike.