Don’t get caught off guard next time the sun hides behind the clouds and an unexpected rainfall ensues. Whether you are exploring D.C., or just out on your lunch break, the rain should not hinder your day. Stop by these stores to stock up on essential rain gear.
Comfort One Shoes
1329 Wisconsin Ave. Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
When walking around any city, comfort is key. Mix in rain, and comfort is an absolute must that can make or break your day. Comfort One Shoes, founded in Old Town Alexandria in 1993, is convenient to all D.C. residents and visitors because there are five locations in the area, six in Northern Virginia and seven in Maryland. The shoe store carries a variety of weatherproof boots, both tall and short. Prices are on the higher end, but the quality of each pair is assured. While you’re at it, pick up a sturdy umbrella in a fun print.
4530 Wisconsin Ave. Northwest
Washington, DC 20016
Hudson Trail Outfitters, is a leading outdoors store that specializes in helping customers get ready for their next adventure or, in this case, have the appropriate outerwear in anticipation of inclement weather. Find rain jackets for the entire family by trusted brands such as Patagonia, The North Face and Arc’teryx. Other essential rain gear here includes unisex vinyl ponchos and polyester-lined hats. If you foresee a hiking trip in the near future, purchase a rain cover that easily fits over a backpack. Also available are umbrellas of all sizes.
1304 Wisconsin Ave. Northeast
Washington, DC 20007
If you are a local boutique shopper, you have to be familiar with Lou Lou. Since it opened in 2004, the affordable accessories store has found extreme success with a number of stores in the area. Lou Lou was voted one of the “Best of 2012” by Bethesda Magazine and “Best of NOVA 2012” by Northern Virginia magazine. Although it doesn’t sell clothing and shoes, this is the place for the most stylish umbrellas. The handbag selection is up to par, and often restocked, so grab a decent-sized patent leather bag that is waterproof and sure to hold your umbrella.
138 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
This shoes and accessories store recently moved from the Georgetown Shops and is now called National Harbor home. Simply Soles is known for exceptional designer shoes that are hard to come by without shopping online or in a department store. The rain gear assortment at Simply Soles is comprised of fashionable rain boots, many of which double as snow boots, umbrellas and water-resistant hats. Simply Soles has an extensive online shop and also sends clients a mail-order catalog. Because of the designer names, much of the assortment is high-priced, but it’s important to evaluate the cost per wear and never pass up the sale section here.
50 Massachusetts Ave. Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
The 16 Smithsonian museums are considered Washington, D.C., institutions and draw tourists from across the nation. The Smithsonian Store offers visitors an assortment of merchandise representative of the museums and zoo. There is a store in Union Station at the Amtrak concourse at gate G. The shop is perfect for travelers who step off the train and arrive to a torrential downpour. They can pop in and quickly grab an umbrella before venturing off to tour the nation’s capital.