I needed a pair of running/walking shoes to start my PT program to recovery. I was pretty specific that I wanted the Nike+ system so I could track my progress. I know myself, and this is the only way I'll stay on track.
I found that besides Niketown, Footlocker and Finish Line had the shoes. I choose Finish Line at the Northgate Mall to go to. Thank goodness!!
I went in and they took a look at my sole wear pattern - indicating excessive supination. This ruled out the Nike Shok system, which are meant to help with pronation, which would throw me off even more. I'd not have known this had I just gone to a "shoe store."
W/o knowing my need for Nike+. they took me down the wall from the more expensive Nike shoes to show me some cheaper Asics when told I'd be starting with walking and progressing to running. I added my Nike+ request, and they pulled the ONE compatible shoe off the shelf that fit all my needs. I tried on a size , got them professionally laced (surprisingly, this makes a BIG difference...) and was set.
They have a club where you can sign up on the spot and earn points. Once you spend $200, you get $20 back. Add the $10 off $60 in store coupon they have at http://www.finishline.com and you're rolling in some extra cash.
The clerk that helped me was incredibly knowledgeable, and very accommodating to my questions and the length of time the whole trip took. This is my first happy shoe buying experience. I;d give a 6th star if I could.