6941 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
Open Mon – Sat 10 am – 8 pm, Sun 10 am – 6pm
Sole Sports may seem a little smaller than other area running stores from the outside, but the impact its three locations have on running in Phoenix is huge. If you’re looking for a new running shoe, this is the place to come: in addition to the owners and managers of the store running on a professional level for years, they are also all trained in biomechanics and majored in exercise science in college. That means that your gait analysis, which is done on the treadmill with HD video and conducted frame by frame, will not only tell you your level of pronation; it will also allow the trained staff to see hitches in your gait and muscle imbalances that could be causing injuries. The staff helps runners select shoes based on their goals and does not have a preference of one style or brand of running shoe over the other, so both minimalist and “normal” running shoes will be discussed based on your needs. Sole Sports also carries all the gear, apparel, and nutrition products you’ll need for your run.
Sole Sports is extremely involved in the Phoenix running community and loves giving back to runners. Its three locations host group runs three times a week and welcome all levels, including walkers. Fifteen to twenty people typically participate and the average pace is 9-10 minute miles, but no one is left behind on this out and back course of 4-6 miles. On the weekends, the stores hold supported long runs, and many group runs are sponsored by vendors who provide free products or catered dinners to participants! Perhaps the most unique thing about Sole Sports is that it hosts numerous fun races throughout the year, all of which are completely free. Events range from the 5k distance all the way up to an 18-mile “store-to-store” race, and hundreds of people participate in each event. It’s easy to see why Sole Sports was named one of the Top 5 stores in the entire nation by Competitor Magazine and was voted Best of the West in 2013!