Summer is over in Orange County, and as people put away the beach umbrellas and bathing suits, it is time to get ready for the wet, rainy season. These local boutiques and sporting good stores provide a wide array of fashionable rain boots, jackets and other products perfect for men, women and children this fall and winter.
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Athleta is a women’s athletic wear company owned by Gap Inc. that carries everything from sports bras, jackets and shoes to accessories such as gear bags, watches and hats. It has its flagship store in San Francisco, and its first southern California store opened in Newport Beach in the Fashion Island district. The store is designed by women for women and offers apparel and products for any female athlete. Its fall line includes rain jackets and boots as well as waterproof pants.
832 The Shops At Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Finding the right shoe can be a difficult and even daunting task. Imagine trying to find one that will keep you dry during the wet and rainy season. Look no further, The Walking Company provides the people of Orange County with brands that include Abeo, Dansko, Ecco and Thad Stuart. Rain boots from brands such as Elite, Abacot and Vail Rain Boots are also available at the store and can help keep your toes dry on a rainy day.
435 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Owner Dick Stack began with a dream back in 1948 that turned into Dick’s Sporting Goods. The store and its customers rave about its quality products and competitive pricing. Dick’s carries Nike, Camelbak and Columbia, among others, with rain jackets, footwear and products that will keep you dry during the wet season this upcoming fall and winter. Though it’s a chain, it might be one of the best bets for variety at decent prices.
2937 Bristol St. Suite C100
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
For green shoppers, Seep People’s Market, located conveniently inside The CAMP plaza in Costa Mesa, carries recycled, re-purposed and eco-friendly items. It prides itself on its support of local artists and designers as well. The store carries items that range from candles and jewelry to clothing, accessories and unique furniture. Expect an indie grassroots feel with green and sustainable products throughout the store.
2962 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782
The Recreational Equipment, Inc. co-op began in 1938 with 23 climbers and is now more than 5 million strong in membership. The 100-percent satisfaction guarantee means you get the best exchange policy offered, well, anywhere. With the rainy season just around the corner, REI offers a wide selection of jackets from such companies as Sierra Designs, The North Face and Patagonia to keep you dry during the wet season. It also provides footwear from Merrell, The North Face and Salomon, among others.