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Why Hikers Love The Shoes Smith

Now is the time for adventurers to go exploring.  As the humid summer weather breaks into crisp autumn, the time for hiking spans many months here in the Windham, CT area. There are plenty of places to hike: The Nipmunk Trail, Joshua’s Trust properties with trails, Mansfield Hollow State Park, or Sprague Land Preserve, just to name a few.  Whether a hike for you involves an hour long excursion, or days worth of trekking and camping, both are made better with the right pair of hiking footwear. Not the right pair of hiking footwear. Conveniently located right along the Airline Trail, The Shoe Smith offers plenty of hiking footwear and accessories.  We carry Oboz, Keen, Merrell, and Hoka.  We can also repair your worn out or damaged soles. The Shoe Smith is conveniently located right along the Airline Trail. Hiking Boots vs Hiking Shoes vs Hiking Sandles? Hiking footwear, now in more colors than just earth tone. This footwear ranges from tough and rugged, to comparatively light and versatile.  In a boot, you would expect more stiffness, ankle support, and protection from the elements.  They could be used for backpacking or rough terrain, and may be more desirable in colder weather.  Their downside is that they are heavier. Hiking shoes are the footwear crossovers that try to provide the best of both worlds: light frame, while retaining the durability and traction you would expect from a hiking boot.  Like boots, they can also be waterproof and have stiffer soles then your average shoe.  Stiffness might seem counter to lightness, but is welcome to the foot when having to walk...

Why Runners Love The Shoe Smith

There are many types of runners and many types of running shoes.  They range from a runner who runs like it’s their job (and sometimes it is); and there are runners who aren’t known so much for their running, but maybe if New Year’s resolutions ever come true will be. So, You’re A Full Time Runner If you are an avid runner you might know everything there is to know about foot health, and the latest and greatest in sneaker breakthroughs.  What you may not know, is that Willimantic’s The Shoe Smith carries many types of running shoes (Hoka, Brooks and New Balance).  Yes, that Shoe Smith with the “Feet Hurt?” sign by the Frog Bridge.  The place that not only repairs your shoes, but also carries the latest and greatest in footwear.  Had it ever occurred to you as you glanced up at that sign with the giant foot, that the very thing your feet might be hurting for is a new pair of running shoes from The (aforementioned) Shoe Smith?! So, You’re Not Already Running 8 Days a Week? If there was ever a time to start running, NOW is that time.  Aside from the 6 Ways Running Improves Your Health it also lets you be a part of what’s going on in your town.  Maybe you want to get into running?  Need a goal?  The Boom Box Mile is on July 4th 2019.  If that is too soon for you, or maybe too short, then you will have plenty of time to get ready for the Willimantic Frogtobergest Half Marathon and Full Marathon (13 and 26 Miles) on October...