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“Setting the pace . . . ”

Image provided by jscreationzs You can buy shoes most anywhere. So what you are really paying for is service. Pace Setter Athletic is "setting the pace" for customer service.

No Price Jacking

Compare pricing. All our shoes are priced at Manufacturers Suggested Retail. Pace Setter does not increase shoe prices in order to cover loyalty discounts or special sale events.


So I sprained my left knee about six weeks ago, and I just now realize that my aged walking shoes might be part of the problem.

It's amazing how distracted I've been lately.

As always, the folks at Pace Setter were helpful and attentive. They pointed out where the structure of my old shoes had finally failed from overuse -- make sure you bring your old shoes with you when you come to Pace Setter! -- and explained how the model of shoe they recommended was sturdier at those points of failure.

Allow me to close this review with a plea: Folks, if you walk a lot, do not go 18 months between buying new walking shoes. Just do not do it. Go to Pace Setter every six months, bring $100 for the shoes, and let them take care of you.

Steve C

I've bought athletic shoes from a variety of stores, but this one is by far my favorite. They are a locally owned store of experts that are willing to go the extra mile to make sure you get the shoe your body needs. They even had me do a running test in the parking lot to make sure my feet were pronating correctly in the new shoes. They have a very large selection for being a smaller store, and anything they don't have on hand they're more than willing to order for you.

Buy your shoes here-you won't be disappointed!

"The Original Pace Setter Athletic"

"Setting the pace" for customer service!


True Visual Bi-Directional Gait Analysis

We use a true visual bi-directional gait analysis in each style you try on to determine your level of pronation or supination which narrows the category of shoes appropriate for you. No gimmicks or high-tech equipment. Just a lot of knowledge and experience.



Shoe Review

Please bring your old shoes with you to a fitting. Through analyzing the wear patterns of the tread and upper on your old shoes, evaluating the shape of your foot and arch as well as conducting a walk/run gait analysis, we will be able to properly fit you in new walking or running shoes.

Excellent Customer ServiceService_for_all

At Pace Setter everyone is treated as an elite athlete, regardless of your athletic abilities.  So come on in, feel at home and get the service you deserve with the products you want.


Quality Products

Running and walking shoes designed to absorb the impact of your activity and reduce chances of injury.

Knowledgeable Staff

Get the advise and service you need directly from the experts who know and use the products.  Our staff have up to 50 years experience to share with you.  That's a lot of time on the road learning what you need to know.


Customer Satisfaction

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase you may exchange or return your item(s) in pristine condition within 30 days.  Receipt, box and all tags required.  Check out the reviews on the left panel or your favorite review site on the web.  

Oregon's first technical walking and running shoe store.

 Located in the historic Woodstock district of Southeast Portland.

 NEW ADDRESS (since Dec 2009)

4203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206

Phone: (503) 777-3214


Store Hours:

Mon-Fri 10am – 7pm

Sat 10am – 6pm

Sun 10am – 5pm


New Years Day
Easter Sunday
Memorial Day (Monday Observed)
July 4 – Independance Day 
Labor Day (Monday Observed)
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day


Training and Competition Opportunities
for young runners ages 8-18.

Sponsored by Pace Setter Athletic – Portland, Oregon


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Pace Setter is proud to be a supporter of the Woodstock neighborhood and Portland area schools for more than 30 years.