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Posted by Theresa Tanner on May 30, 2018, 6 a.m.

The imminent sunny days of a Northwest summer means two things: people are spending more time outside, and they’re spending more time moving. After a gray spring, parks are green again and traffic on local trails is getting busy.

With so much activity in store for the glorious summer ahead, you need a shoe that can keep up!

Hiking couple

Runner’s Life

Whether you’re a longtime runner or trying to get into a routine, consulting with a sales associate at Fleet Feet Sports Spokane is a smart place to start.

Every sale begins with a six step fit process that can about a half-hour or longer, according to fit specialist Chris MacMurray.  Staff takes into account your desired level of activity, injuries and the shape and condition of your foot before making recommendations.

“It’s a very personalized experience. What everyone else is wearing might not be right for you,” MacMurray said.

Although every foot is different, MacMurray says that Brooks is one of the more popular and best fitting shoes they sell. “Nine times out of 10, that’s what I send out the door.”

He also noted that although HOKA ONE ONE shoes may look a little awkward, people like their cushioned, lightweight feel.

One shoe that’s getting a lot of attention right now is Nike’s new Epic React Flyknit. Nike boasts that their “foam cushioning is responsive yet lightweight, durable yet soft” to keep you comfortable, no matter how long you run.

But the right shoe for you might be a different brand entirely. It all depends on the foot.

Running shoesSuch Great Hikes

The right hiking shoe is also different for everyone, especially when the term “hike” covers a range of activity levels. REI has conveniently categorized its hiking footwear into four styles that will help you determine the right shoe for your adventures.

Approach shoes, which have a sneaker-like appearance, are lightweight and suitable for trail hiking or light scrambling.

Day hiking shoes and boots are durable but not heavy, comfortable without sacrificing control.

Backpacking boots have stiffer midsoles to provide more support if you’re carrying a heavy pack, with an aggressive outsole tread to improve your grip on rugged trails.

And the zenith, in a manner of speaking, is mountaineering boots, which are compatible with crampons for the tough terrain of Northwest peaks.

Hiking shoesSunday Strollers

Although you’d probably be the most comfortable wearing your sneakers around the clock, they aren’t always the most stylish accessory. And if you’re trying to keep cool on a sunny vacation, you still want comfort and support in a travel-friendly sandal.

The Walk Shoppe sales associate Krista Ostlund recommends Vionic shoes and sandals. Designed by podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, the brand’s shoes are biomechanically designed to hug arches and support natural alignment.

Along with casual sandals for both men and women, Vionic’s line also includes dressier options, like boat shoes for men and wedges for women, which are perfect to complete an outfit for an outdoor wedding or weekend brunch.