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Is it best to Shop at a Specialty Shoe Store?

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By Jeff Schmelz

What exactly is a specialty shoe store? A specialty shoe store carries shoes that are of a higher quality and specificity than those you would find at a big box retailer. It also means we offer a level of service you will not receive at a big box store. Why is this important? Dash Sports specializes in helping individuals who are experiencing issues with their feet while running, walking or just in daily life.

At Dash Sports we perform a detailed gait analysis and shoe fitting to find the right shoe for everyone. Being fit in a shoe that best suits your feet and needs may help relieve pain and avoid further injury. Our goal is to find the right shoes to suit your specific needs and goals. Whether you have foot pain, are an athlete or are just on your feet for an extended period each day the proper shoe is essential.

When you purchase shoes on line or at a big box store, you probably aren’t getting the best shoe for your feet and your lifestyle. You’re feet may have grown since your last measurement so you could end up with a pair of shoes that feel good in the store, but don’t actually fit well when you get home.

In my 28 years’ experience I am often asked what the best shoe is? There is no best shoe. The best shoe is going to be different for each person. There is no best shoe for walking or running. There is no best shoe for a man or a woman. Every foot is different as are every client’s needs, goals, and feet. We take our time during your custom fitting to find the right shoe for your feet and what you are trying to accomplish. It is the combination of the quality products we offer, and this detailed process that makes a specialty store your best bang for the buck.

Want to study up on different brands before you come into the store? Check out this article: https://www.runnersworld.com/gear/a20865766/best-stability-running-shoes/.

Ready to try on some shoes? Stop in any time during regular hours and one of our dedicated experts will get you fitted in a new pair of shoes! You can also check out our online store at: https://godashsports.com/shop/.

Woman trying on walking shoes
Cathy Hartman
Cathy Hartman
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Through the last few years, I have purchased five pairs of running shoes from Dash Sports. The shoes fit like a glove on my feet, resulting in many first place finishes in numerous 5K races. Dash Sports makes you feel like you are part of their family, and they are totally committed in serving you. The 5K races which Dash Sports host are always so much fun! They are truly a blessing to our community!
Robert Nicosia
Robert Nicosia
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Personal and professional service. Annette was fantastic in helping my wife and I find the right shoe and right fit…Dash Sports is the store of our choice. Thank you Annette.
Kim Brewster
Kim Brewster
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Huge thanks to Jeff for taking the time to find the right fit for me. The difference in the right shoe for my gait and arch was immediately noticeable. He really knows what he is doing and I ordered two pair of shoes because he was that knowledgeable.
Margaret Bartell-Black
Margaret Bartell-Black
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Awesome sports shoe store! I was having trouble with tripping. The team helped me realize I was in the wrong size shoe and needed a wide toe box! Some basic exercises and the right shoes have helped so much and made me more confident walking! They have all the latest types of shoes for any sport as well.Thank you Dash Sports!
Chris Ruggiano
Chris Ruggiano
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Annette at Dash Sports is an absolute gem! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Her expertise and positive attitude made our shoe shopping experience exceptional. My mother needed shoes to alleviate her ankle pronation, and Annette went above and beyond to help us find the perfect fit. Her suggestions were spot on, and her friendly personality made the entire process enjoyable. We're incredibly grateful for her assistance and highly recommend Annette to anyone in need of expert guidance and outstanding customer service at Dash Sports!
Beth Sullivan
Beth Sullivan
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Very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Found shoes that are exactly right for me!
Sheri Marshall
Sheri Marshall
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Exceptional, knowledgeable, not pushy, customer assistance. Great shoes and pleasant experience. I was worried about downtown parking, but they have parking in the rear. Support local business!!!
Mike West
Mike West
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Annette was absolutely amazing. So knowledgeable and friendly. Found me “the shoe” and educated me about why it was the right shoe. Feet haven’t felt this good in years! Best service from any shoe store I’ve ever been to. I won’t ever buy anything for my feet from anywhere else ever again!
Pam Hall
Pam Hall
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The woman that helped us was very knowledgeable and helpful in assisting with picking out the right shoes and arch supports for my husband. As well as explaining some of the energy and electrolyte products I have been looking for. Will definitely be back to support this business!
Renee Helten
Renee Helten
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Paden was AMAZING!! I have hurt knees and Paden figured it out quickly by watching me walk. He took a lot of time allowing me to try on MANY different brands of shoes and even told me the colors he had in each brand I liked! He went over and beyond! Thank you Paden and Dash Sports for training your associates so well in knowledge and customer service!! Renee Helten, Kona, HI
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