6800 Phillips Place Suite F
Charlotte, NC 28210
A favorite of the duchess of Cambridge, Le Chameaux footwear is high quality, designed for wet and cold weather. Pick up a new pair at Orvis in South Charlotte, which carries a wide selection of Le Chameaux boots for men and women. In addition to Le Chameaux, Orvis also carries shoes by Ugg, Clark and Patagonia, as well as clothing and fly fishing accessories. Plus, Orvis’s central location is easy to get to on a rainy day, making a stop at Orvis is a must before your next trip to the Blue Ridge or your next stroll down a rainy city street.
1730 E. Woodlawn Road, Suite G
Charlotte, NC 28209
If you’ve got a little boy who needs a fireman’s rain coat or a little girl who would just love a butterfly umbrella for a rainy school day, head over to Kixx Shoes. In addition to a large selection of children’s shoes from brands including New Balance, Keds, Crocs and Roxy, Kixx carries Kidorable rain gear: boots, umbrellas and rain jackets in brightly colored designs that kids will enjoy at prices that won’t stop you from buying new clothes for you, too. Kixx prides itself on friendly staff and a fun atmosphere. It’s also a good place to pick up kids’ dress shoes for the fall holidays.
2400 Park Road, Suite 2-A
Charlotte, NC 28203
Ladies, if you’re in the market for a perfect vintage raincoat or other wet-weather accessories or have some you would like to sell, visit J.T. Posh. Located near South Park Mall, J. T. Posh garners rave reviews for its wide selection of consignment clothing, shoes and accessories from top designers. The store is well organized and the staff is always helpful. Prices aren’t as cheap as some thrift stores, but items tend to be high quality. Whether you’re buying or consigning, remember J.T. Posh only accepts items that are in good condition. This isn’t a collegiate thrift store.
Jesse Brown’s Outdoors
4732 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
Before you head for the mountains, head for Jesse Brown’s Outdoors, a local outfitter that sells rain jackets and other outdoor gear from brands including Patagonia, The North Face and Mountain Hardware. While the selection isn’t as good as at big chain stores, you can rely on the helpful staff members at Jesse Brown’s to point you in the right direction and frequent sales to help keep your bank account from going dry buying rain gear.
3731-A Woodpark Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28206
Jafrum is a Charlotte-based online retailer of motorcycle equipment and aims to provide the best gear to the world. For the motorcycle enthusiast who rides rain or shine (or anyone who wants to stay dry), Jafrum’s selection is hard to beat. Jafrum offers full rain suits, boot covers, waterfproof riding gloves and other motorcycle gear. You can also pick up a Thor umbrella, a motorcycle must-have that opens to 60 inches in diameter and features a motorcycle grip on the handle.
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