Best of Boston

2008 Best Running Shop, Shoes

Marathon Sports

Get personalized attention every step of the way at Marathon, where sharp-eyed employees will diagnose your stride on the sales floor and then bring out model after model in search of the right fit. (Customers are encouraged to take a test jog outdoors, too.) Be it Mizuno, Saucony, or other elite running shoe, your purchase is guaranteed to be ready for action—from a 5K to a stroll at the dog park—right out of the box.

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