It’s All About Shoes at Second Sole

Shoes, apparel and advice. The shoe selections are staying the same, but the prices are dropping.

Second Sole, the specialty running shoe store on Lincoln Street, is changing up its style.

But not by too much.

Expect lower prices, as the owners look to offer high-end “closeout” shoes, but now with a slightly different inventory.

Michael Dilisio, the owner of the store, said he’s hoping to cater to the students at Kent State University and Portage County residents.

“We are a running specialty store,” he said. “So we don’t want lose that integrity, but we are setting ourselves apart.”

“At a typical high-end running stores, you’d usually carry expensive products. We’re finding quality products at lower prices.”

Perfect for a college town.

Customers range from the marathon-experienced to novice runners — and everything in between.

The store opened in May 2011, in the space previously occupied by The Exchange.

Most of the six employees — all between the ages of 20 and 24 — at the store are former or current collegiate runners.

There are eight Second Sole locations in Northeast Ohio — the Kent location is the only one switching up its selection.


Second Sole is located at 104 S. Lincoln St.

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terri1103 January 27, 2013 at 05:08 AM
I purchased a pair of shoes there awhile ago. It was the first time I was ever given individual, quality attention and it really did make a difference. The salesperson took a lot of time, and made sure I purchased the right shoe for my style of movement. I will get my next pair there too! Glad to have them in Kent!!
Diane February 06, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I have only purchased 1 pair of running shoes so far but will DEFINITELY go back! Awesome individual treatment and the salesmen make you feel at home and offer excellent advice!


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