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Gear: Fashion-Savy Athletic Sunglasses

Photo by Scott Draper


Sick of running sunnies that look like they were pulled from the wardrobe closet of Terminator 2? Luckily for fashion-conscious fast girls, there’s a new crop of sports-specific shades that are all glamour, no geek. With feminine shapes, anti-fog lenses and no-slip nose grips, these glasses transition seamlessly from the finish line to the poolside lounge.

BUYER’S GUIDE

Looks aren’t everything. When shopping for running sunglasses, make sure the pair you choose includes these essentials.

Ultraviolet Protection: This is a biggie. Only purchase shades that list 100- percent UV protection on the box to keep those peepers safe.

Traction Grip: The last thing you want to worry about mid-race is adjusting your glasses. All of these models have anti-slip grips on the bridge and/or temple to ensure they stay in place as you work up a sweat.

Anti-Fog Lenses: If you’ve ever tried running in “normal” glasses, you’ve likely suffered the eye-sauna effect. Avoid a steamy situation by opting for fitness shades with specialty lenses.

Sunglasses (left to right):

Zeal Optics Penny Lane
$109, zealoptics.com

Ryders Eyewear Gatto (top)
$70, ryderseyewear.com

Nike Racer (bottom)
$99, nike.com

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