If you want running shoes or shoes you would never run in, there are two new options

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Whether you’re in the market for some running shoes or some fancy $1,000 never-run-in-these sneakers, you have options in a couple of new Wichita spots.

The first is where First Gear, a longtime running store in Old Town, left the Cox Produce building at 111 N. Mosley.

All Things Hype, which has been in Delano for a couple of years at two different addresses, is in the process of moving in.

Owner Blake Lashley has been selling exclusive tennis shoes on and off since he was 14.

“I never really took it . . . full-time serious,” he said.

Then he was getting a tattoo at Idle Hands Tattoo & Piercing in Delano and noticed an area within the shop where he could set up a booth, so he pitched the idea.

“I just started telling people that I had a little pop-up location, and I got more pairs than I could fit in there.”

He moved to his own space at 110 S. Walnut.

At his new space, Lashley is taking a cue from a friend of his who owns Urban Necessities in Las Vegas. It’s a shoe shop that also has a barbershop and tattoo parlor within it.

“He’s like really, really blown up,” Lashley said. “It’s like a massive scale of mine.”

All Things Hype will have one barber chair and one tattoo chair in the new space.

Stephanie Wise of Street Commercial handled the deal for the Old Town space.

Lashley said that while Nikes, Air Jordans and Adidas shoes sell well online, a lot of shoppers like the instant gratification of being able to buy them and take them home. He said they like being able to try them on, too.

“It’s a growing industry,” he said. “Just as long you can secure all the new releases that come out.”

All Things Hype sells all sizes, including baby shoes, and most of the shoes are new and range from $150 to $1,000.

Lashley plans a grand opening for Memorial Day weekend.

The new Fartleks Running Shop Smoothie Stop is now open at 535 W. Douglas in Delano.

Owner Andrew Schinstock is a lifelong runner.

“Running’s always been my passion.”

He’s also a former multiunit manager with Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. He spent 15 years with the company and left when it sold last year.

When he saw that First Gear closed, Schinstock said, “I saw it as an opportunity to do something I was passionate about.”

In addition to shoes, running apparel and some related items, there’s a second side to Fartleks: smoothies.

That’s because Schinstock said he envisions the store to be a trailhead of sorts for runners heading out to run on the river. He said they can meet up with friends before or after runs, have some smoothies and visit in the store’s lounge area.

Schinstock said it crossed his mind to move into the former First Gear space, but he said, “I was trying to be as close to the riverfront as possible.”

Nick Flores of Occidental Management handled the deal, which is at the former Planet Sub space. Commerce Construction Services remodeled the building.

Andrew Schinstock, left, has opened Fartleks Running Shop Smoothie Stop in Delano. Nick Flores of Occidental Management, center, handled the deal for the space. Commerce Construction Services remodeled the space. Also pictured is Commerce’s Susan Lentz.
Andrew Schinstock, left, has opened Fartleks Running Shop Smoothie Stop in Delano. Nick Flores of Occidental Management, center, handled the deal for the space. Commerce Construction Services remodeled the space. Also pictured is Commerce’s Susan Lentz.

So, about that Fartleks name . . . .

Schinstock said fartlek it’s a Swedish term that means speed play, and it’s become a common term for a style of running exercise that includes interval training.

Cross country runners are especially familiar with the term.

“It’s gong to make them cringe because almost everyone hastes doing fartleks,” Schinstock said.

Really, though, he said, “They’ll think it’s funny.”