Nike opened its largest store for runners in New York City last week, with the shop featuring iPad gait analysis, a free evening run club with coach Margot Fleming, and a free bag storage for runners.
The two-floor shop, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 20th Street, is 14,000 square feet (about 4,200 square meters). In addition to shoes, clothes, and gear for men and women, the store also features a bit of New York City athletic heritage in the form of a wooden bleacher from a local city college.
You can also donate your old sneakers at the shop -- they'll recycle them into new sneakers, bags, and even sport courts.
According to blog Racked, Nike faces some tough competition in the neighhorbood: New Balance's store has a treadmill built into its floor, and some of the sneakers are made right in the shop. Also, runner-focused shops JackRabbit, the Running Company, and Super Runners Shop are also close by.
Meanwhile, the new Nike shop will carry all the latest Nike running-focused gear and accessories, including the new lightweight Nike LunarGlide+ 4, part of the Nike+ enabled shoes that let you track, compare and share your runs with the Nike+ community. Or check out the Nike FlyKnit, a super-lightweight, glove-like runner made from yarn. You can preview the current Nike running collection at the Nike website: http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/lp/running