See Jane Run (credit: CBS)
For serious athletes, finding quality sportswear at local businesses can be a challenge. For those looking to avoid getting gear at the big box stores, here is a compilation of some of the best places to find women’s athletic wear in the Bay Area. Catering to everyone from trail runners to snowboarders, there are plenty of stores at which to shop. For some North Bay women’s athletic wear options see here.
3480 Blackhawk Plaza
Danville, CA 94506
See Jane Run is a sports wear store tailored specifically to women. There are three Bay Area locations including Danville, Oakland, and San Francisco. The store carries a wide variety of gear from shoes and bras to yoga wear and Fitbits. Knowledgeable employees can help customers find the perfectly fitted running shoe. Custom orders are available and there is a large selection of accessories.
6014 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
With one storefront in Rockridge, and one in Berkeley, Transports carries a huge selection of running and swimming gear. It stocks a large number of running shoe brands, and can provide gait analysis to help runners choose the ideal pair of shoes. Swimwear stock includes suits for men, women, and children, as well accessories such as caps and goggles. Transports also serves as a great resource for those looking to find local races, swim centers, and running trails.
2727 Milvia St.
Berkeley, CA 24703
Sports Basement is a Bay Area store which recently opened its sixth store in Berkeley. It is one of the best places in the Bay to find sportswear for a variety of activities. The chain stocks everything from yoga and soccer equipment to snowboarding and climbing gear. Many customers take advantage of custom orders and bike fitting services. In addition to apparel for purchase, the Sports Basement also has a selection of gear available for rental, which includes biking, snowboarding and camping equipment.
1111 Howard Ave.
Burlingame, CA 94010
Popular with many local runners, A Runner’s Mind is a true community store which gets actively involved in the lives of its customers. Staff members take the time to get to know patrons on a first name basis and are happy to invest however long it takes to find a comfortable, supportive pair of running shoes. When trying on new shoes, test runs are strongly encouraged and custom orders may be made. For those looking to connect with like-minded runners and support a small local business, A Runner’s Mind cannot be beat.
21000 Stevens Creek Blvd. #200
Cupertino, CA 95014
Cupertino’s Fitgeek Sports caters to both runners and walkers. The store sells a variety of high-end walking and running shoes, as well as apparel including women’s underwear and bras. There is plenty to choose from in the way of accessories like nutritional supplements, water bottles and running watches. Employees are skilled in gait analysis and assisting customers in finding the right shoe.