Most sports grow out of a simple formula—ball plus stick, ball plus kick, or car plus explosion. Gear up for any competition with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of athletic shoes at Sports Mania in Jacksonville Beach.
Locally owned for more than 30 years, Sports Mania fosters next-level devotion with performance footwear for athletes, fans, and sphere-enthusiasts of all degrees. Ensconce field-bound feet with athletic shoes by brands such as Nike, New Balance, and Asics. Runners short-circuit their heart-rate monitors upon seeing the running-shoe stock, including the Nike LunarGlide, which melds lightweight design and LunarLite cushioning ($112). Customers can also jump into a pair of Nike City Court or Nike Air Max Torch ($59.99 each), or enjoy top-notch cushioning and shock absorption as the New Balance 860 deploys Abzorb and N-ergy technology to turn the hardest surfaces into spring-loaded cloud fluff ($95). The Asics GT-2160, a stability shoe for the average-arched foot, guides paws through their natural gait from heel strike to toe-off thanks to Asics' Impact Guidance System, and the ComforDry Sockliner keeps feet comfy ($90). After nailing on a new pair of shoes, gallopers can take a leisurely trot down the nearby beach.