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If a long winter is good for anything, it's giving you a renewed appreciation for sunshine. Now that April is here, being outside for as many hours of the day as possible is the number one priority. So crawl out of your apartment/office/gym and take up some outdoor activities—and definitely don't forget the appropriate footwear. Whether you're running, hiking, or biking, there's an online shopping option to help you do so on any budget. Below, we've listed seven places that will help you take your feet outside in style.
1. Finish Line: Best for style and function in the same place
There's a massive selection of running and hiking shoes here. There's also a massive selection of Converse and wedged sneakers. Basically, it's a one-stop shop for those who like their rich sporting life to also inform their post-cardio style. More good news: shipping is free and you have the option of picking up your online purchase at a store near you that very same day.
2. PLUNDR: Best for deals on non-athletic shoes
This Karmaloop-owned membership site houses clearance footwear at super-reduced prices. They trade in streetwear, mainly, and shops are flash-sale style, but the footwear rotation is consistently large and solid. You will not find serious athletic shoes here, but you will find slip-ons appropriate for leisurely bike riding in various prints and styles for $18.
3. SneakersNStuff: Best for the sneakerhead
Hailing from Sweden, this sneaker-shopping staple houses an impressive selection of kicks. The site is heavy on Nike and Adidas with plenty of New Balance, Supra, Saucony, and Reebok mixed in, plus the occasional indie brand. Fair warning: You might not want to actually get your new favorite sneaks dirty. Also note that shipping to the US is $25, but it's free on orders over $300, so order a bunch at once.
4. Moosejaw: Best for hiking shoes
You can tell this company was created by outdoor fanatics, but, thankfully, it's a totally approachable obsession. The site's bread and butter is apparel and footwear for hiking, camping, or climbing, so while you're not going to have swag like Rihanna in a pair of these boots, you might make it to the top of a mountain. Plus, the sale section is seriously massive and domestic shipping, returns, and exchanges are free.
5. Eastbay: Best for strictly athletic footwear
No matter what you're getting into this spring, be it tennis or running or skating, Eastbay has your footwear needs covered. The selection is huge, the styles include everything from understated neutral to "look at me go!" neon for nearly all sports, and pricing ranges from $20 to $200. Head here for the best price on the widest range of athletic shoes.
6. Backcountry: Best for bikers
By no means is Backcountry only about biking. They have plenty of great running and mountaineering shoes at fair prices as well, but it's one of the few sites that also caters to road and mountain cycling. Get your Ironman on here. They have an absolutely insane return policy with which you can return a purchase whenever for whatever reason, and shipping is free for purchases over $50.
7. DSW: Best for cheap thrills
This go-to shoe warehouse won't have footwear experts, but if you already know your favorite brand, head here for a deal. In terms of athletic shoes, they offer running, dance, golf, walking, and cross training, and their sneaker section is pretty large. You won't find the latest and greatest shoe, but you'll find something that fits in your wardrobe on the cheap. Shipping is free for rewards members and under $10 for everyone else.
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