The run's over
The Competitive Foot closes after 39 years in Western Springs
WESTERN SPRINGS – With its wooden walls and yellow-tinted lights, the storage room at The Competitive Foot still feels like the '70s, when a pair of running shoes was a pair of running shoes – not a piece of sophisticated technology born in a shoe-making laboratory.
The first brand Tim Eggert carried when he opened his store in 1974 was adidas, whose running shoes were immensely popular following the 1972 Summer Olympics.
Over the years, the brand dropped to eighth or ninth in prominence at Eggert's store, which will close at the end of the month after nearly 40 years at 814 Hillgrove Ave. Eggert says his Western Springs store was the first athletic shoe store in Illinois. Since 1974, Eggert and the store have witnessed the shift of an industry that was just forming when The Competitive Foot opened.
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