Best of 2003: Best Used Running Shoes

Road Runner Sports
5553 Copley Drive, Kearny Mesa

All the used shoes on the shelves, and there are hundreds of pairs, are returns from catalog sales. The fit wasn't right or the arch didn't suit the mail-order buyers, so they exercised their right to return. From Nike and Adidas to Saucony, Asics, and New Balance -- all look and smell new. Most of the staff members are runners. You can try your prospective purchase on their in-store treadmill, or to take a test run around the block. The discount on used shoes is usually about 20 to 30 percent. On a recent visit the New Balance 804 trail shoes were available for $79 new and $60 used. New Balance 904s were $99 new and $79 used. Popular Saucony and Asics road shoes, their best around $100, could be found used for as low $69 to $75.

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