The Florida Running Company, a store completely staffed by runners, finds people the fittingest shoes using a process similar to the one speed daters use to find future mates—taking measurements, assessing stance, and playing back video of them running on a treadmill. The shop carries top running-shoe brands such as Asics Gel Kayano ($140) and Nike Air Pegasus ($85). Runners can complement their kicks with Nike Tempo track shorts ($28) or swaddle their feet in a pair of Balega socks ($10), as soft and comforting as group hug from every grandmother on the block.
If you’re stuck searching for the perfect pair of shoes around Washington DC, look no further than Major. The Georgetown boutique is jam-packed with cool kicks, along with t-shirts and fitted sports caps in a variety of offbeat colors. Major has a massive selection of funky sneakers, and is one of the few retailers in town stocking cutting-edge urban fashion brands. Of course, you can also find Adidas, Nike and Reebok lining the shelves. But even the shoes with the recognizable brand names are anything but standard fare, as colorful and hard-to-find kicks frequent the storefront. This is upscale streetwear definitely geared to a young, hip demographic.
Since 1995, Focus has been an authorized purveyor of plush designer sunglasses, shoes, and accessories. Eyes can shoot shadowy gazes behind couture sunglasses from designers such as D&G ($89+) and Safilo ($59+). Suave pinstripes filter across Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses ($99+) like the grooves in a record or the bamboo bars of a panda prison. Michael Kors shoes ($69+) ring in the summer with flirty heels and strappy sandals, and Coach footwear ($77+) tap-dances with glee when meeting its long-awaited owner. Focus also vends high-fashion accessories such as watches, handbags, and bottles of John D. Rockefeller's tears.
Looking for a bargain on designer goods, from clothing to shoes to purses? Wander around Georgetown’s Second Time Around, whose “retail goes upscale” catchphrase suits the space perfectly. Unlike other vintage stores, this one is roomy, laid out in an organized fashion and well-maintained. Dressing areas are roomy and the place lacks that dusty mothball funk that can sometimes overwhelm lesser shops. You might even convince yourself that Second Time Around is just another retail boutique – until you look at the crazy-low prices on those Ferragamo shoes or that Armani jacket. Along with the most upscale designer brands, you can also find bargains on more moderately-priced labels like J. Crew. Once you’ve selected your garment, accessorize with some of the gently-worn costume jewelry. You’ll look like a million bucks, but have paid considerably less.
“Made in USA” is the mantra of this popular Los Angeles-based clothing chain specializing in casual and fashionable basics. The petite Georgetown outpost of this national retailer pops with color, from the leggy mannequins in a multitude of tights hanging against a back wall to the sweaters, t-shirts and dailywear items that crowd the main walkway. You can find a range of jeans for him and her, colorful accessories and workout outfits, and a wide selection of soft, unadorned clothing for local college kids, nearby teenagers and anyone looking to dress a little hipper. You can also find sleepwear, lingerie, accessories like belts and hats, a wide selection of leggings, and, as befits a store located near a college campus, a full supply of backpacks.