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Podiatrist at Running Shoe Store in Marin, CA, Helps YumSugar Buy New Sneakers

Arch Rival Sports: A Rare, Wonderful Running Shoe Store

Known more for her epicurean skills, YumSugar also loves to run. She shared her latest shoe shopping adventure in the community group RunningSugar.

Over the weekend, I made the epic trip up to Marin County from San Francisco to visit a spot I'd been looking forward to visiting for weeks. No, it wasn't the beautiful Mt. Tam, with its sweeping views of the Bay, or a dockside restaurant in Tiburon — it was a running store!

When I was on the hunt for a podiatrist in the city, a fellow runner in my pace group at San Francisco Road Runners recommended I visit Arch Rival Sports, an athletic shoe store in Greenbrae, CA that not only specializes in running shoes, but also has an experienced podiatrist on call on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. I hate visiting the doctor and scheduling appointments, so this was perfect for me!

Learn if Yum finds support and the perfect sneaks when you keep reading.
Arch Rival has another store in nearby Mill Valley, but Greenbrae is the only location with a podiatrist. When I stopped by on Sunday, I was greeted by Harry Hlavac, a longtime podiatrist and former runner who's also developed a line of foot comfort products. According to Harry, my previous shoes — Brooks Adrenalines, which had been selected by a running specialist at Fleet Feet — were too small and didn't provide enough arch support. He put me in Brooks Addictions in a size larger, for better motion control, and tried several arch supports until he found one that would address my plantar fasciitis issues.


I left one happy camper, hopeful that I'll be training for my next race with fewer aches and pains. I can't wait to break in my new kicks. I left wondering: Why aren't there more shoe stores like this for runners?!

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popsugar2 popsugar2 7 years
I was just diagnosed yesterday with plantar fasciitis, and I have never been in more pain. I had abdominal surgery 2+ weeks ago and that was a walk in the park compared to the pain I am now feeling in my right foot! I can't imagine ever running again -- much less walking pain free. I was told I have a long road ahead to recover -- why so long? I don't get why plantar fasciitis is so debilitating! Help!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
Aw, I wish more athletic shoe stores could offer on-call podiatrist services! That's pretty great.
nancita nancita 7 years
I didn't know you were a runner! What a great tip. I will have to recommend this place to a few friends who have a really hard time finding running shoes.
Food Food 7 years
The motion controls wound up being really heavy, so I brought them back and exchanged them for other stability shoes. Harry was great addressing those issues.
senorita senorita 7 years
great to know!
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