In a land where looking good is as important as feeling good, you bet your bottom dollar that Angelenos want to dress to impress, even while breaking a sweat. Not to worry. These top 5 athletic apparel shops stock some seriously stylish sports wear, whether your exercise routine involve swimming or spelunking.
As far as limited-edition kicks go, Undefeated is well, undefeated. Lines have been known to cue up around the block at the drop of an haute high-top. With a dope line of graffiti-inspired sweats, tees and hoodies, Undefeated is guaranteed to up your street cred as well as your profile at the gym.
2 Fred Segal Emphatic
Housed within Ron Herman's fashion destination, Fred Segal Emphatic is a nook that sports a sartorial take on active wear. This after all is where lithe-limbed actresses and models have been spotted stocking up on lycra ensembles to keep looking good and feeling good.
3 Lululemon Athletica
Lululemon Athletica gives yogis and yoginis a reason to breathe a sigh of relief. In addition to boasting a grip of gear for whatever exercise regime you already adhere to, Lululemon is the powerhouse of stretchy styles for yoga enthusiasts, from Anusara addicts to Vinyasa Flow fans.
In addition to stocking their racks with exercise ensembles, REI boasts serious gear for those looking to take an active lifestyle to the next level. From hardcore camping equipment to serious cycling gear, REI has what you need to make it in the great outdoors. My personal pick: a pair of 5-toed Vibram multisport sneaks.
5 ZJ Boarding House
So, this is Los Angeles. For many, a workout means surf double overhead waves or ollie-ing the concrete jungle. Luckily for L.A.'s massive surf and skate cultures, ZJ Boarding House has been outfitting both those who shred and those hanging ten, since 1988. They also have a stunning selection of snowboarding gear for snow bunnies.