Finding a store in Athens with your shoe choice and size can be difficult these days, given the economic capital controls currently in place. Alternatively, finding the perfect shoe could be an opportunity for a nice, long tour of a few Athenian suburbs. We’ve walked into and out of many stores in Athens. Many of them just don’t cut it. They lack a descent selection of gear and a knowledgeable staff.

Here are a few of our favorite stores:

Runner Store
Golden Hall in Marousi
Leof. Kifisias 37A, Marousi 151 23
p: 210 6811770
We love the talented folks who work here. Running enthusiasts and professionals, their opinion is expert. They stock a wide variety of the brands for both road and trail. When we shop here, it feels like we’re back home in the states.

Char. Trikoupi 6, Athina 106 79
p: 210 3627032
If you’re looking for mountain running shoes, then go to AlpamayoPro, located in the bohemian neighborhood of Exarhia. Their selection also caters to hikers, rock climbers, and cyclists. Afterwards, stop and get a coffee at one of the artsy cafés, or browse for a post-run read in one of the many counter-culture bookstores.

Saucony Store 
Leof. Kifisias 300, Neo Psichiko 154 51
p: 21 0674 0277
Saucony Store is located in the area of Kifisias, north Athens. They have a small, but nice assortment of shorts, shirts, jackets and other running goodies. And the staff is very helpful.

Ermou 1, Athina 105 63
p: 21 0322 4407
Near Syntagma Square in the center of Athens, there is a Nike store located opposite the Parliament building. Buy your shoes and then walk over to see the changing of the guards. Or better yet, run!

Par. Leof. Vouliagmenis 96, Glifada 166 75
p: 21 0963 9380
Another large Nike store with good selection can be found in the posh suburb of Glyfada.

Lochagou Chatzievaggelou 47, Elliniko 167 77
p: 21 0960 3411