Athletes’ Feet (And What They Wear on Them)

Today marks the start of the track and field events at the Olympics in Rio. And that has the Checkout team particularly excited.

Swimming and diving and gymnastics are all wonderful. And we love those sports too. But those activities don’t require specialized footwear. Performance shoes, you see, are one of the countless items we track.

And so, as you watch the world’s athletes run, jump and throw during the next few days, feel free to impress your friends with the following insights:

  • Buyers of performance shoes (a category that includes track and field, tennis, lacrosse, cycling and other specialized footwear for sports) comprise 31% of all online footwear buyers.
  • Performance shoe buyers give Zappos 17% of their performance shoe spend, but 20% of their total shoe spend.
  • The top brands of performance shoes by spend are Nike, Asics, and New Balance.
  • More than 60 percent of the online spend specifically on track-and-field shoes goes to just three retailers.

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