By Laura Catherine Hermoza

It’s time to lace up those shoes and hit the ground running. But first you have to buy a reliable pair to suit your outdoor recreational or exercise needs. In Washington, D.C. you will find no shortage of great shoe stores boasting a variety of selections available to all ages and activity levels. So if you’re in the market for a new pair of running shoes, check out these places.

Fleet Feet Sports
1841 Columbia Road, N.W.
Washington DC, 20009
(202) 387-3888

Head to Fleet Feet Sports for everything you need to be “FIT,” from shoes to apparel. For over 30 years this store has been specializing in running, walking, triathlon and other athletic endeavors. Carrying the highest quality products and the latest in technical running shoes and accessories, you’ll find exactly what you need for your own personal pursuits. Check out available training programs too, with knowledgeable trained staff onsite to answer all your questions and assist you one-on-one. Fleet Feet also presents regular organized walking/running events, like the Fleet Feet Fun Run, every Saturday and FF Ladies’ Fun Run on Wednesday evenings.

Georgetown Running Company
3401 M. St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-8626

Here you’re sure to find just what you need in the way of running shoes and all other essential running gear. Featured brands include New Balance, Brooks, Asics, Hoka, Nike, Garmin, ON and many others. Much more than a store, this place is also your one-stop resource for expertise training at any fitness level. Available training programs, led by a professional staff, will coach you on a personalized level plan to ensure you go away with everything you need for your next 5K run or larger scale race. Additionally, the store is a hub for promoting and presenting socialized racing and fitness events worth checking into.

RnJ Sports
4945 Elm St.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 986-0558

RnJ Sports has been serving the greater D.C. area since 1976, holding true to the lasting company goal of consulting, recommending and fitting customers with the perfect shoe. Specializing in running and tennis needs, you’ll find all your essential clothing, gear and of course, the perfect pair of shoes for your intended activity. Whether you’re running, walking or training, RnJ features a wide selection of shoes for men, women and children, including top-quality brands like Brooks, Asics, New Balance, Nike and several others.  Learn about great store-featured events in running and staying fit, including the Healthy Kids Series. RnJ has two convenient locations, one in Bethesda and the other in Rockville.

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Potomac River Running Company
919 F. St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-8500

This family-owned operation has been serving the greater D.C.-Virginia area since 2003. All eight locations boast the same plentiful stock in running gear and all other fitness essentials. Whether you walk, run, jog or train for more intense endeavors, you’ll find the perfect pair of shoes to fit your unique level of activity from trusted name brands. While in the store, learn about all the latest happenings in the running world and even sign up for featured Community Runs or other activities with the PR Race Series. Many loyal D.C. location shoppers also like to take part in the Downtown DC Morning Run Club, which holds 3.1-mile runs every Friday morning.

Pacers Running
1821 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-2029

Since 1991 folks in D.C. have trusted Pacers Running for quality shoes and other fitness gear. A family operated retailer specializing in running and walking, you’ll find everything you need here. Work with knowledgeable staff, all experts in the field, who can offer trusted advice to help you find what you need and even provide you with custom fittings. The company has expanded in recent years and currently boasts several different locations around the region.

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