Whether you prefer fitness classes, hikes or a good old-fashioned run, Philly is full of stores that carry clothing for any activity.
For Studio Classes
Start your search for workout gear on Walnut Street, where Athleta (1722 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA), Lululemon Athletica (1720 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA) and Cameo Water Wear (1420 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA) offer options for everything from a barre class to water aerobics. A few blocks southeast, Shanti Yoga Shala’s (267 S. 12th St., Philadelphia, PA) studio boutique offers the “train to sustain” Satva line that’s flattering (pants cut high so you don’t reveal too much when in child’s pose), eco-friendly (chemical-free organic cotton) and socially responsible (a portion of proceeds are reinvested in the communities of the farmers in India who cultivate the cotton).
For Runners and Walkers
More than a store, Philadelphia Runner considers itself “a hub for the fitness community in the greatest running city in the world.” Specializing in outfitting any level of runner, the four locations offer friendly and expert fittings of everything from sneakers to sports bras, collections from big brands (like Nike’s Epic and The North Face’s Better Than Naked™), and specialty items like Feetures no-blister socks. Noting that Philly is one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the world, the mini-chain is equally welcoming to the walking crowd, and carries a selection of looser fitting tops and longer shorts appropriate for brisk walks around town. 1601 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA; 3621 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA; 4358 Main St., Philadelphia, PA; 571 Glen Eagle Square, Glen Mills, PA
For Family Exercise
I. Goldberg Army & Navy may not have fancy décor like their Center City counterparts, but they do have three important things everyone looks for: quality, service and great prices. “From nose to toes,” I. Goldberg can outfit the whole family for active pursuits, whether you are heading to the gym, camping or hiking without breaking the budget.
1300 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
For the Cycler
Specializing in bikes from the 1970s through 1990s, VIA Bicycle offers vintage bikes, biking gear, racing team jerseys and cycling caps from the past eras. These rare, high quality pieces (the jerseys are often knit in merino wool) fly out of the store with collectors who seek out companion clothing for their retro rides. Instead of following trends, VIA captures the respect and enthusiasm vintage bike owners have for their sport. 609 S. 9th St., Philadelphia, PA
For the Fashion-Foward Athlete
For high style workout wear without the high price, head to Century 21 Department Store. In addition to a large assortment of men and women’s name brands at up to 75 percent off retail, C21 also carries highly sought after, but hard to find, boutique brands. Scour the racks for fashion-forward lines like Koral, Marc New York Performance and Nanette Lepore. 821 Market St., Philadelphia, PA