The fact that Boise's favorite local shoe store is one that specializes in high-performance running shoes says volumes about this city. Sure, we can savor a stylish stiletto, we love a loafer, are silly about saddle shoes, flip over a flip-flop and are crazy for a pair of Chuck Taylors, but our hearts lie at the point where the sole meets the road--or trail. This is a town that loves to be active and we know how important it is to have the right shoe for the activity. That's why Shu's award-winning service, selection and overall running know-how has left a tread mark on readers' hearts. 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-6604, idahorunningcompany.com.
Second Place: Piece Unique and Shoez, pieceuniqueshoez.com
Third Place: Bandana Running and Walking, bandanarunning.com