Sporting Goods Stores (Dick’s, Modells). Elle Woods may not get caught shopping for shoes in sporting goods stores, but let’s face it: with their massive store inventory of sporting equipment and apparel, you’re bound to find the boots that you need for any occasion! Whether hiking with friends for the weekend or simply looking for a tough pair of waterproof winter boots, you’re assured of athlete-grade footwear that will cover you some serious mileages. You can enjoy worry-free online shopping, thanks to the stores’ free returns policies. However sports and outdoors aficionados may want to check out the actual physical stores to chat with their knowledgeable sales folks and ask for the best boots brands for every athletic activity.