Sports Footwear Retailers – 2013 Ratings

Posted by Canstar Blue February 5th 2013

You are viewing the archived 2013 ratings for sports footwear brands. Go to the current sports footwear retailer ratings.

See Our Ratings Methodology.

One in five think it’s trendy to be sporty…minus the exercise

Most Satisfied Customers - Sports Footwear RetailersAre the best sports shoes only for those who were ‘born to run’? One in five respondents to our survey of sports footwear retailers disagreed; stating they wore top-of-the-range sports shoes casually, but never exercised.

Furthermore, even more respondents (43%) only wore running shoes that looked good. This wasn’t the case across the board, however:

  • A little under half of survey respondents only cared that their sports shoes were comfortable; and
  • Four in five got more out of exercise when they wore properly fitted sports shoes.

Half of these sports shoe customers also found that putting their best foot forward was particularly affordable nowadays; stating the cost of decent quality sports shoes had come down in recent years. Even more respondents (close to two thirds) declared they always bought sports shoes from a specialty sports footwear retailer.

We’ve taken a look at customer satisfaction with sports shoe retailers to help shoppers with their next purchase. For those searching for a top-rated store, look no further than Amart Sports – who took the greatest share of five star ratings in these results, as well as our most satisfied customers award.

Athlete’s Foot, Paul’s Warehouse, Rebel Sport and Foot Locker were also rated.

Looking at our results:

  • Amart Sports achieved five stars for overall satisfaction, range of shoes and brands, and range of accessories,
  • Athlete’s Foot deserved praise for its five star rating in customer service.
  • Paul’s Warehouse achieved a five star rating for value for money, and,
  • Rebel Sport received five stars for its range of accessories.

Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 2,500 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers of sports footwear retailers within the survey group – in this case, 835 people. To qualify, the customer must have purchased sports footwear from an Australian retailer in the last 12 months (online or shopfront).

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands that received three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10.

Overall customer satisfaction

Five stars went to Amart Sports for overall customer satisfaction in this category, followed closely by four star recipients Athlete’s Foot and Paul’s Warehouse; and both Rebel Sport and Foot Locker with three.

Value for money

Paul’s Warehouse customers were most satisfied with the value for money of their sports footwear purchases. Next in line was Amart Sports with four stars; followed by Athlete’s Foot, Rebel Sport and Foot Locker with three.

Range of shoes / brands

Amart All Sport achieved a five star rating for its range of shoes and brands, followed by four star recipients Athlete’s Foot, Paul’s Warehouse and Rebel Sport. Foot Locker received three stars for its range.


Athlete’s Foot was a ‘shoe-in’ for five star customer service; ahead of four star recipient Amart Sports, and three star achievers Paul’s Warehouse, Rebel Sport and Foot Locker.

Range of accessories (e.g. socks, inserts)

We saw a five star tie between Amart Sports and Rebel Sport for their range of accessories available in stores. Athlete’s Foot and Paul’s Warehouse followed with four stars each, and Foot Locker closed the gap with three.<