On a Shoestring, 3633 Cortez Rd W, won the Bradenton Herald’s People’s Choice Award two years in a row, in 2009 and 2010, which helped to cement its sterling reputation as the community’s best locally owned athletic shoe store. On a Shoestring is staffed by members of the community who are passionate about the sport of walking and running. Along with offering excellent customer service, the store goes above and beyond to support the community – mostly by supporting charity-based marathons such as the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, the Arthritis Foundation’s Arthritis Walk and Jingle Bell Run, and The American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure.
New Balance University, 8204 Tourist Center Dr, was the leader in national sales for New Balance in 2010. Owners David and Molly have several decades of combined experience in the shoe business and are very active in the community. New Balance helps sponsor runners in both local and national marathons and is also heavily involved in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. The store is staffed with 2 pedorthists and more than a dozen pro-fit specialists to guarantee that you get the perfect shoe for your athletic needs.
Finish Line, Desoto Square Mall, is located just outside of the food court. The store carries a wide variety of brands including Nike, Puma, Adidas and more. Whether you’re looking for running shoes of basketball high-tops, Finish Line has it all.
Foot Locker, Desoto Square Mall, offers a variety of athletic footwear options including basketball, baseball, running, track and field, soccer and other options. Footwear is available for both men and women, as well as in children’s sizes. The retail outlet also sells professional sports jerseys, athletic socks, shoelaces, and shoe cleaner.