No. 10 - Be Fit Kailua
Be Fit Kailua is about a 20 minute drive from the city of Honolulu, but the outstanding customer service you’ll receive from owners Jeff and Lisa make it worth the time and gas. It’s a small shop, and they’ve only been open for a little over a year, but you can count on Be Fit Kailua sticking around for awhile thanks to their emphasis on sending the customer home happy and more importantly, with the right pair of shoes.
No. 9 - Sports Authority
Sports Authority’s running associates probably aren’t going to be able to help you the way a specialist would, but the sheer quantity of product makes it worth checking out. You’ll find all the latest brands and models, along with all the other training and sports gear you could possibly want.
No. 8 - Skechers Factory Outlet
Address: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Set 2031, Honolulu, HI, 96814
It’s worth a visit because: Deals, son.
Meb Keflezighi wins marathons in Skechers, and you can do the same without breaking the bank. The Skechers outlet in the Ala Moana Shopping Center offers all of their top running products, with many available at discounted prices.
No. 7 - Famous Footwear
Address: 1200 Ala Moana Blvd Building 1, Ward Centers, Honolulu, HI, 96814
Website: Famous Footwear
It’s worth a visit because: On top of the latest runners, they have basketball sneakers and cozy boots.
Famous Footwear is a chain, which means you might not get the same level of customer service as you would at a smaller shop, but they’ve got a wider selection and longer hours of operation than most specialty shops. This makes it perfect for last minute, late night trips, or knocking out a little holiday shopping along the way.
No. 6 - Runner’s Hi
If you’re able to make a 20 minute trek up highway 78, Runner’s Hi is a must-visit. Last year, the shop celebrated their 10th anniversary, and it this rate, there will be many more to come. The driving force behind Runner’s Hi is owner Raymond Woo, a 20 year running veteran who has completed over 40 marathons. It’s hard to match that sort of expertise.
No. 5 - The Ultimate Foot Store
Coming into this marathon a little banged up? You’ll want to visit The Ultimate Foot Store, where they offer bandages, orthopedics, pads, and other products to help runners perform as safe and efficiently as possible. They’re also one of the few locations in Honolulu to stock Brooks Running shoes.
No. 4 - Almost Barefoot
Almost Barefoot is without a doubt one of the coolest stores in Honolulu. It’s connected to The Wheatgrass Center, a health store specializing in, you guessed it—wheatgrass. Next door, you’ll find an ample stock of Vibram models and styles, along with one of the friendliest staffs in town.
No. 3 - Uyeda Shoe Store
Address: 2615 S King St, Honolulu, HI, 96826
It’s worth a visit because: The customer service is off the charts, and they stock many brands you can’t find anywhere else.
At the corner of King Street and University Avenue lies Uyeda Shoe Store, which boasts some of the best reviews amongst all Honolulu running shops. Their key draw is the unique range of brands in stock, including Hoka and Vibram.
No. 2 - Runner’s Route
Runner’s Route didn’t always have their spacious storefront on Kapiolani Boulveard. It all started in a small room in the Ward Warehouse more than 20 years ago, and in 2006, they made the switch to their current location. As one of the longest running stores in Honolulu, they sponsor their very own running club, the Honolulu Runners, which meet every Tuesday evening.
No. 1 - The Running Room
Talk about history. The Running Room Hawaii has occupied the same space in 819 Kapahulu Avenue since March 1976, and they’ve been providing runners with top quality service and advice ever since. The Running Room carries brands like adidas, Asics, Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance, Nike and Saucony, as well as accessories from Garmin and Timex. Oh, and did we mention their perfect five stars on Yelp? Hit up The Running Room ASAP.