4 Local Shops to Purchase a Pair of Sneakers

Tie up your laces, hit the 'rhode' and get running!


This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.

What better way to do a socially distant workout than tossing on a pair of sneakers, hitting the road and running! Here are four local shops to purchase a pair of sneakers:

Rhode Runner

Whether you’re new to the running world or a seasoned athlete, Rhode Runner can help you find the right fit. This shop provides customers with an in-depth fitting process which includes a gait analysis along with a foot evaluation to find the proper support and fit, and their staff can determine what level of support you need in your shoes. Brands include Brooks, Asics, New Balance and more.

How to shop: Shopping can be done online or in person. At the store, no more than sixteen people will be allowed inside. Face masks should be worn and hand sanitizer will be available for customer use. Rhode Runner is offering virtual fittings and curbside pickup for anyone who does not want to come into the store. They are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The details: 657 North Main St., Providence, 401-831-6346, rhoderunner.com

Run Newport

Run Newport offers a variety of running sneakers and other running-related products and they carry brands such as Mizuno, Saucony and Hoka. The staff will help with fittings to ensure that you’ve chosen the most comfortable sneakers.

How to shop: Run Newport is open daily to shoppers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Orders can also be placed over the phone or on the company’s website. Items are available for shipping or curbside pickup.

The details: 16 Long Wharf Mall, Newport, 401-846-1036, runnpt.com

Wakefield Running Company

Specialized in fitting customers for the right shoe, Wakefield Running Company welcomes all kinds of runners. The store is filled with running sneakers from On Cloud, 361 Degrees and Brooks.

How to shop: Wakefield Running Company is open seven days week for in person shopping. Three customers will be allowed in the store a time and face masks are recommended. Hand sanitizer should be used before entering the store. Wakefield Running Company also offers curbside pickup, free local delivery and online shopping. The store is open Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The details: 20 Main St., Belmont Market Plaza, Wakefield, 401-782-8353, wakefieldrunning.com

Yorker Shoes

Yorker Shoes has been serving Rhode Island with comfortable and stylish footwear since its opening in 1949. This store sells Brooks and New Balance sneakers which have innovative technologies geared toward making each shoe a more comfortable wear.

How to shop: Yorker Shoes is open for in person shopping. Temporary hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The details: 1503 Hartford Ave., Johnston, 401-274-2211, yorkershoesri.com

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