I have been perusing the site over the past week or so, keeping in mind that site is in Beta and are still working through kinks. They seem to understand their role in the running market. They are there to pair you with shoes, not provide you with a bunch of ancillary information, so the design is welcoming, simplistic and straightforward. You enter your shoe size, gender, and start typing in your shoe of choice.
I started by typing in the name of some popular shoe brands and styles. Once entered, it spits out the location of the lowest price, as well as how the rest of the competition “placed”. There is even a DNF section for those who didn’t happen to carry that particular shoe. Just click the “Get ’em” button to get directly to the location or create a price alert to be notified when shoes become available for less than the lowest price.
There are still a few things that need to be added or molded a bit:
- Some smaller shoe companies have not yet been added. ShoeKicker is adding more vendors and shoe styles over time.
- If you search for Saucony Guide, for example, the results will spit out results for Guide 7, Guide 8, etc. So you may be looking for an 8, but the lowest price might actually be a 7. You can sort by style once you are in the results page, but that is not currently a feature for your initial search.
- If you care about that sort of thing, you also can’t yet search by color. Personally, that doesn’t matter to me, but it may to some runners.
Despite these things, this beta is ridiculously promising. I know I don’t have time to surf endless websites for shoe deals. I want to spend my spare time running, not spent behind a computer screen (unless blogging of course). I strongly recommend you bookmark this website and utilize it for your upcoming shoe purchases.