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(Just-Style)   Online sales of athletic footwear are up 21%, as people want workout shoes but are too lazy to actually walk through the mall to pick them up   (just-style.com) divider line 48
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2013-06-29 10:13:21 AM  
It just might have to do with the incredible selection and availability of sizes the stores don't bother to stock because of less demand.

/my feet sound wide
 
2013-06-29 10:36:10 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: It just might have to do with the incredible selection and availability of sizes the stores don't bother to stock because of less demand.

/my feet sound wide


For me, it's the length. 15s are a biatch to find.
 
2013-06-29 10:36:35 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: It just might have to do with the incredible selection and availability of sizes the stores don't bother to stock because of less demand.

/my feet sound wide


And anything decent for running is not going to be sold at your local foot locker or academy.
 
kab
2013-06-29 10:37:40 AM  
Online sales of athletic footwear are up 21%, as people want workout shoes but are too lazy to actually walk through the mall to pick them up don't feel like hearing that the model / size they want has to be ordered, or they don't want to be hassled by Bro McDeadlift, the local Foot Locker salesman.
 
2013-06-29 10:39:29 AM  
The less time I spend traveling to stores, wasting gas and mileage on my car, the better.  Also, it gives me more time to do things I'd rather be doing.
 
2013-06-29 10:42:49 AM  
For me it's the length too.  I'm a 7.  Shoemakers have kids shoes stop at 6 and adult shoes start at 8.

I can go to a mall store and find maybe 3 pairs that fit and they are all ugly.
 
2013-06-29 11:14:50 AM  

Roja Herring: SecretAgentWoman: It just might have to do with the incredible selection and availability of sizes the stores don't bother to stock because of less demand.

/my feet sound wide

And anything decent for running is not going to be sold at your local foot locker or academy.


I don't get it when I go into the running store and they have a billion kinds of running shoes, but all of them in D width.  I know which models New Balance makes in wide sizes, but they're never in stock.  So I buy my shoes online and if they don't fit right I just donate them to charity.  There's kids in Nicaragua running around in some pretty expensive gear.
 
2013-06-29 11:16:05 AM  
I would love to be able to try on shoes before ordering them online, but 17s are not carried in most stores.
 
2013-06-29 11:21:29 AM  
I have found the perfect Nike running shoe that I have now been wearing for 7 or 8 years.  I know what model and size.  I dont care what color, so I just jump online and get them.
 
2013-06-29 11:51:13 AM  

serial_crusher: Roja Herring: SecretAgentWoman: It just might have to do with the incredible selection and availability of sizes the stores don't bother to stock because of less demand.

/my feet sound wide

And anything decent for running is not going to be sold at your local foot locker or academy.

I don't get it when I go into the running store and they have a billion kinds of running shoes, but all of them in D width.  I know which models New Balance makes in wide sizes, but they're never in stock.  So I buy my shoes online and if they don't fit right I just donate them to charity.  There's kids in Nicaragua running around in some pretty expensive gear.


I have wide feet as well, which is why I always shop retail for shoes.  I'm lucky in that there's a huge family owned shoe store near be that's been in business forever, and they have a huge selection of New Balance and Dunham, including the wide sizes, in stock.  Sure it's more expensive than buying online, but I like that they take the time to measure my foot, let me walk around in the shoes to get a feel, and can answer questions about any of the shoes they have in stock.  I'll pay more for great service, and shoes are one of those things that I just won't buy unless I've worn them first.
 
2013-06-29 12:02:32 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: It just might have to do with the incredible selection and availability of sizes the stores don't bother to stock because of less demand.

/my feet sound wide


Just a little bit.  I looked at New Balances and Kohls for the first time not too long ago and noticed they had lots of Ds and lots of 4Es but NO 2Es.  Also no 12.5s and nothing above 13.
 
2013-06-29 12:24:38 PM  

DemoKnite: I have found the perfect Nike running shoe that I have now been wearing for 7 or 8 years.  I know what model and size.  I dont care what color, so I just jump online and get them.


+1. I am on my second pair of a set of running shoes and a third pair of work shoes.

Larger selection and 'options' online.
 
2013-06-29 12:30:23 PM  
I buy online to avoid awkward conversations. I wear a kids 3/ladies 5, but am clearly an adult. I have heard "we don't carry sizes that small, try another store" (almost always said condescendingly) and "is your child shopping with you today" too many times.

That said, shopping for running shoes is much easier than shopping for dress shoes, both online and in person.
 
2013-06-29 12:36:25 PM  

DemoKnite: I have found the perfect Nike running shoe that I have now been wearing for 7 or 8 years.  I know what model and size.  I dont care what color, so I just jump online and get them.


wow, they're actually still making the same shoe after all this time?  Every time I find a shoe that fits they discontinue it or make some slight tweak that ruins it.
 
2013-06-29 12:43:20 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: It just might have to do with the incredible selection and availability of sizes the stores don't bother to stock because of less demand.

/my feet sound wide


Whole lot of this. Size fourteen wide. Stores generally stop at 13.

Also, the big manufacturers offer customizable designs that you can only get online. Lot of fun to design your own.
 
2013-06-29 12:45:53 PM  
Selection and usually at least 10% or more of a discount.
 
2013-06-29 12:47:23 PM  

Compact Travel Size: I buy online to avoid awkward conversations. I wear a kids 3/ladies 5, but am clearly an adult. I have heard "we don't carry sizes that small, try another store" (almost always said condescendingly) and "is your child shopping with you today" too many times.

That said, shopping for running shoes is much easier than shopping for dress shoes, both online and in person.


Soooo, how you doing?
 
2013-06-29 12:52:29 PM  
It's more likely because people are going to local running stores, getting their gait analyzed and shoes recommended, then ordering them online for 10-15% cheaper.

Most people, unless they've been working out for years, have no idea what type of shoe they should be getting for running.
 
2013-06-29 01:17:51 PM  
Nike Cortez Classics with white stripe, not Forrest Gump Reds.
Local shoe store will order them but too much $$$
Big Boxes don't have them.

/Finest shoe ever made
// 25 years in footwear manufacturing.
///My job was sent to Asia. Thanks Nixon.
 
2013-06-29 02:03:48 PM  

Carth: It's more likely because people are going to local running stores, getting their gait analyzed and shoes recommended, then ordering them online for 10-15% cheaper.

Most people, unless they've been working out for years, have no idea what type of shoe they should be getting for running.


This describes me. Got my shoe "size" worked out at a custom shoe place, and order online because I know exactly what shoe I need. I live in a relatively small Montana town with minimal selection. Why suffer with shiatty fitting shoes when I can get what I need online?
 
2013-06-29 02:05:32 PM  
Apparently subby likes hanging out at the mall, me, not so much.
 
2013-06-29 04:12:39 PM  
Actually it has to do with retail shops never stocking my size in the brand I want, being pushy as fark with sales people on the floor and marking everything up by 25%
 
2013-06-29 04:22:56 PM  
Eastbay has an awesome selection of athletic gear.  No need to go into a store that will have 1/10th of the selection, 1/20th of the stock, and make me wait just as long to get what I want because they don't have it in stock
 
2013-06-29 04:23:47 PM  
Hey, no sales tax!
 
2013-06-29 05:41:21 PM  

serial_crusher: DemoKnite: I have found the perfect Nike running shoe that I have now been wearing for 7 or 8 years.  I know what model and size.  I dont care what color, so I just jump online and get them.

wow, they're actually still making the same shoe after all this time?  Every time I find a shoe that fits they discontinue it or make some slight tweak that ruins it.


I have been wearing Nike Free 7.0 for around that long.  At the very least I know that that Nike size 9.5 is the perfect fit for me.
 
2013-06-29 07:03:16 PM  
Let's see...I already know what brand, style, size and width I want.  I  can either:

A) spend 10-15min calling various shoe stores in town to check inventory and then another hour driving to/from said store (make it two hours if I have to deal with mall traffic)

or

B) spend 5 minutes ordering online and be done with it

Decisions...
 
2013-06-29 08:01:43 PM  
In the store my preferred models are either $110 or not in my size.

Online they're $80 and in my size.

I'm easy to shop for. 2XLT shirts, 48x32 pants (aiming for 44 by winter) and size 14 shoes.

You know, nothing they carry at the mall.
 
2013-06-29 08:26:00 PM  

Roja Herring: SecretAgentWoman: It just might have to do with the incredible selection and availability of sizes the stores don't bother to stock because of less demand.

/my feet sound wide

And anything decent for running is not going to be sold at your local foot locker or academy.


Both of these.

wildcardjack: In the store my preferred models are either $110 or not in my size.

Online they're $80 and in my size.


oh, and this

arcas: Let's see...I already know what brand, style, size and width I want.  I  can either:

A) spend 10-15min calling various shoe stores in town to check inventory and then another hour driving to/from said store (make it two hours if I have to deal with mall traffic)

or

B) spend 5 minutes ordering online and be done with it

Decisions...


don't want to forget about that one either

Cheaper, what I want, in stock, no pain in the ass....
I think it's less about being lazy and more about not being retarded.

Most of us go to malls because we just feel like going to the mall.

It's simply not (nor has it been for some time) the best place to go for either price or selection.

/I'm a Zappos guy myself, when it comes to shoes anyways
//amazon is pretty good too
 
2013-06-29 10:12:26 PM  

epyonyx: SecretAgentWoman: It just might have to do with the incredible selection and availability of sizes the stores don't bother to stock because of less demand.

/my feet sound wide

For me, it's the length. 15s are a biatch to find.


your swimming skills must be epic, shorty.
 
2013-06-29 10:42:07 PM  

Carth: It's more likely because people are going to local running stores, getting their gait analyzed and shoes recommended, then ordering them online for 10-15% cheaper.

Most people, unless they've been working out for years, have no idea what type of shoe they should be getting for running.


Getting your gait analyzed by a part time worker is a good way to get priced up.

All new runners should start in a neutral show of moderate stability. Adjust from there.

/monitors runningwarehouse.com for last year's models of shoes I like.
//also grateful that I like some ugly colors (orange)
 
2013-06-29 10:51:04 PM  

bacongood: /monitors runningwarehouse.com for last year's models of shoes I like.
//also grateful that I like some ugly colors (orange)


Dear lord, New Balance has released the MT1010 in pretty much every color permutation known to man.  For some reason the ugly colors cost 50% more than the normal ones.

I bought red, yellow, and blue and will occasionally mix-and-match
 
2013-06-29 10:52:23 PM  

bhcompy: Eastbay has an awesome selection of athletic gear.  No need to go into a store that will have 1/10th of the selection, 1/20th of the stock, and make me wait just as long to get what I want because they don't have it in stock


WTF is this shiat?  My Saucony Triumph 10s are MORE expensive on that goddamned site.
 
2013-06-29 10:56:53 PM  
That stands to reason.  These people aren't athletes.

They are often athletic supporters, but not athletes.
 
2013-06-29 11:36:43 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: It just might have to do with the incredible selection and availability of sizes the stores don't bother to stock because of less demand.

/my feet sound wide


Size 10 4E here. Unless i want to drive 90 miles round-trip, it's easier for me to order them online....
 
2013-06-30 12:44:19 AM  
I still dont buy shoes (and most clothing) because no two scumbag companies can come up with an agree upon size standard.
 
2013-06-30 12:46:06 AM  
serial_crusher: b
Dear lord, New Balance has released the MT1010 in pretty much every color permutation known to man.  For some reason the ugly colors cost 50% more than the normal ones.

because thoes are the ones wanna-be hiphop/pop stars wear.
 
2013-06-30 08:52:40 AM  

bacongood: Carth: It's more likely because people are going to local running stores, getting their gait analyzed and shoes recommended, then ordering them online for 10-15% cheaper.

Most people, unless they've been working out for years, have no idea what type of shoe they should be getting for running.

Getting your gait analyzed by a part time worker is a good way to get priced up.

All new runners should start in a neutral show of moderate stability. Adjust from there.

/monitors runningwarehouse.com for last year's models of shoes I like.
//also grateful that I like some ugly colors (orange)


All serious runners should just pay the $50 for a professional to analyze their gait and form. It will save you a few hundred or thousands down the line.
 
2013-06-30 10:13:27 AM  

serial_crusher: Roja Herring: SecretAgentWoman: It just might have to do with the incredible selection and availability of sizes the stores don't bother to stock because of less demand.

/my feet sound wide

And anything decent for running is not going to be sold at your local foot locker or academy.
I don't get it when I go into the running store and they have a billion kinds of running shoes, but all of them in D width.  I know which models New Balance makes in wide sizes, but they're never in stock.  So I buy my shoes online and if they don't fit right I just donate them to charity.  There's kids in Nicaragua running around in some pretty expensive gear.


Running-specific sites like runningwarehouse.com will often take shoes back. You might also want to check out Kindrunner.
 
2013-06-30 10:15:05 AM  

DemoKnite: I have found the perfect Nike running shoe that I have now been wearing for 7 or 8 years.  I know what model and size.  I dont care what color, so I just jump online and get them.


Quiet, fool! You have awoken the demon. Nike will now discontinue your shoe.
 
2013-06-30 11:02:23 AM  
I always thought it was funny watching people try and get a parking spot close to the front of the gym.
 
2013-06-30 11:15:53 AM  

Pumpernickel bread: I always thought it was funny watching people try and get a parking spot close to the front of the gym.


You've never done a hard leg day. The walk into the gym is easy the walk out makes you feel like you're dying.
 
2013-06-30 12:13:09 PM  

Nogale: serial_crusher: Roja Herring: SecretAgentWoman: It just might have to do with the incredible selection and availability of sizes the stores don't bother to stock because of less demand.

/my feet sound wide

And anything decent for running is not going to be sold at your local foot locker or academy.
I don't get it when I go into the running store and they have a billion kinds of running shoes, but all of them in D width.  I know which models New Balance makes in wide sizes, but they're never in stock.  So I buy my shoes online and if they don't fit right I just donate them to charity.  There's kids in Nicaragua running around in some pretty expensive gear.

Running-specific sites like runningwarehouse.com will often take shoes back. You might also want to check out Kindrunner.


oh i know.  Ever since Zappos blew up, pretty much every online shoe seller has an easy return policy (I use Amazon).  I'm just that lazy, and hey I don't mind kids in Nicaragua having nice things at my expense.
 
2013-06-30 12:35:06 PM  

Carth: bacongood: Carth: It's more likely because people are going to local running stores, getting their gait analyzed and shoes recommended, then ordering them online for 10-15% cheaper.

Most people, unless they've been working out for years, have no idea what type of shoe they should be getting for running.

Getting your gait analyzed by a part time worker is a good way to get priced up.

All new runners should start in a neutral show of moderate stability. Adjust from there.

/monitors runningwarehouse.com for last year's models of shoes I like.
//also grateful that I like some ugly colors (orange)

All serious runners should just pay the $50 for a professional to analyze their gait and form. It will save you a few hundred or thousands down the line.


Meh - I find just looking at wear patterns in the bottom of used sites to be just as accurate.

The big issue I have with gait analysis is new runners using it. Your fair when you are 25 lbs overweight and have ran maybe 10 miles in the past two weeks is probably not the same as it will be when you actually start running.
 
2013-06-30 05:34:48 PM  
Found a nice pair of Nike Baseball shoes (retail 60 bucks) for 17 bucks at Ross.


but go ahead, order online.
 
2013-06-30 05:54:05 PM  

Linux_Yes: Found a nice pair of Nike Baseball shoes (retail 60 bucks) for 17 bucks at Ross.


but go ahead, order online.


non cleat.  like tennis shoes, not the cleated shoes used by baseball players.
 
2013-06-30 07:09:18 PM  
I still refuse to buy shoes online. Even with generous return policies it's easier to just go to a store.
 
2013-06-30 09:13:18 PM  

Linux_Yes: Found a nice pair of Nike Baseball shoes (retail 60 bucks) for 17 bucks at Ross.


but go ahead, order online.


I congratulate you on your normal feet that are obviously one of the most widely available sizes, and ability to find generically designed shoes from name brands in brick-an-mortar stores. Continue to feel smug, proceed.
 
2013-06-30 10:32:23 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: For me it's the length too.  I'm a 7.  Shoemakers have kids shoes stop at 6 and adult shoes start at 8.

I can go to a mall store and find maybe 3 pairs that fit and they are all ugly.


That's what I noticed last time I visited Foot Locker. Many of the shoes are huge chunky slabs that would look right at home on the feet of Frankenstein's monster.

Buying online from the US means I pay less than half what I would pay in store here in Australia, even when shipping is added on.
 
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