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Best Places For Rain Gear In The Twin Cities

October 2, 2012 7:00 AM

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Rain is an inevitable fact of life but being unprepared for it is not. Be ready for those cooler and wetter days ahead by filling out your rain gear collection. From cute wellingtons to fun umbrellas and essential sporting goods, this list has you covered. Check out these five best stores for rain gear in Minnesota and stock up.
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Schuler Shoes
7971 Southtown Center
Bloomington, MN 55431
(952) 884-0242
www.schulershoes.com

A Minnesota institution, Schuler Shoes has been around and outfitting people’s feet since 1889. Despite its long and storied history, its collection is anything but stodgy. Carrying hip and on-trend brands like Hunter boots (the must-have wellington boot for girls everywhere), Schuler Shoes can take care of all your rain-boot needs. With seven metro locations, one store in St. Cloud and a robust website, you’ll easily be able find the right pair of shoes to keep your tootsies toasty and dry. Other brands carried include Merrell, Clark’s and Ecco.

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Shoe Zoo
3146 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 823-3988
www.shoezoo.us/raincoats

With nearly 30 years of experience outfitting little residents of the Twin Cities, Shoe Zoo carries some of the most adorable and kid-friendly options for rain gear in the area. With brands like Kidorable, Firefox and Kamik, there’s plenty here to choose from. Fan favorites like Kidorable come in stylish and fun sets with umbrella, boots and coat. Keep your kids nice and dry in the wet weather without squelching their playful spirit by letting them play the part of dinosaur, mermaid or pirate. Shoe Zoo carries a wide selection of items in store and can also place special orders based on your needs.

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Bay Street Shoes & Accessories 
Calhoun Square
3001 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-5574
www.baystreetshoes.com

This Calhoun Square staple has been in its current location since 1984 and in business since the late 1970s. You could say that Bay Street knows a thing or two about shoes. With an emphasis on comfortable and natural footwear options that don’t sacrifice form for function, you will like what you find. Another local retail option for finding the distinctly British and enviable Hunter wellington boots, Bay Street also carries seasonal accessories. Be sure to check out its umbrella options when you are in the store. With a new location in Edina and online ordering available, check out Bay Street for rain boots and gear this fall.

The Hub Co-Op
301 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 238-3593
www.thehubbikecoop.org/shop-co-op

The Hub is a local bicycle co-op with a pretty neat mission: support local business and its own workers in a way that’s only beneficial to the Minneapolis community. As retail carriers of the nationally-recognized, fancy-schmancy local line of biking gear called O2, The Hub more than meets its goals. Whether a regular bike commuter or just a casual bicyclist enjoying a recreational ride, this spot has what you need to stay protected from harsh conditions. Find what you need at The Hub and enjoy staying dry and buying local.

Joe’s Sporting Goods
33 E. County Road B
St. Paul, MN 55117
(888) 468-6563
www.joessportinggoods.com

One of the major players in Minnesota sporting-goods stores, and locally-owned to boot, Joe’s can outfit the whole family in rain-related gear that is sure to stand up to whatever adventure lies ahead. Whether it’s rain gear for fishing, a convertible umbrella/hunting blind or just a good waterproof coat, Joe’s has it all. Brands carried include Marmot, The North Face, Columbia and Carhartt, among many others. Visit the store in its St. Paul location to try on styles and find the items that perfectly suit your rainy-day needs.

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Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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