For 2016, the Nike FREE running line-up is all new. Last year there were three Nike FREE models: FREE 3.0 Flyknit (MSRP $140), FREE 4.0 Flyknit (MSRP $120) and FREE 5.0 (MSRP $100). This year there are four models: FREE RN Motion (MSRP $150), FREE RN Flyknit (MSRP $130), FREE RN (MSRP $100) and FREE RN Distance (MSRP $120).You may have noticed each 2016 FREE shoe has RN in the model name and it doesn’t mean registered nurse. RN is an abbreviation for run, and is used to distinguish the FREE running models from FREE fitness training models. In addition to RN being added to the model name, a major update to the FREE RN line is the inclusion of a Lunar core foam. The use of the Lunar core foam does not significantly change how the FREE RN models feel compared to their predecessors, but the new models are just a touch softer. The one exception is the FREE RN Distance, where the Lunar core foam delivers a noticeably softer ride than any other FREE models, past or present.Another big change with the FREE RN line is how the sole of the shoe functions. The FREE RN Motion gets a stand alone design, and it is the most flexible and expansive platform of the FREE RN shoes. The foot lengthens and widens during ground contact and the FREE RN Motion platform is designed to work with this movement to the greatest degree. In this respect, the FREE RN Motion is the most “FREE” shoe in the line-up and is the closest to barefoot. Thus, it replaces the 3.0 Flyknit in an evolutionary manner. And like the 3.0 Flyknit, the FREE RN Motion has a 4mm heel-toe offset and a Flyknit upper.The FREE RN Flyknit and FREE RN have a platform which is designed to have greater expansion than the 2015 FREE shoes, but is not as expansive as the FREE RN Motion. The FREE RN Flyknit and FREE RN replace the FREE 4.0 Flynknit and FREE 5.0, respectively. However, the 4.0 had a 6mm offset and the 5.0 had an 8mm offset. Both the FREE RN Flyknit and FREE RN have 8mm offsets. In fact, they have the same platform. The difference between the two shoes is the upper. The Flyknit is more sock-like and allows for greater freedom of movement compared to the engineered mesh upper of the FREE RN. Additionally, the Flyknit upper results in greater toe spring, making the shoe feel more dynamic than the regular FREE RN.
As we get closer to June, it’s finally starting to seem like the warm weather is here to stay. This is the most important time of the year for us to emphasize the importance of eye protection, especially when you’re spending more time outside just soaking up the rays or getting physical with some outdoor sports. We love this ad from Oakley, it says it all. It’s better to be protected, and it will make your summer infinitely more enjoyable when you’re not nursing a sunburn on your skin AND your eyes. A sunburn on your eyes is known as photokeratitis, and you may remember when it happened to Anderson Cooper not too long ago. Oakley sunglasses are a great choice for active folks, especially because of its intelligent construction designed to keep you protected at all times.Above, the model is wearing Oakley Warm Up sunglasses, a more feminine and stylish frame offered by the all-American brand. Performance sunglasses don’t have to be chunky and manly, a graceful design with soft curves will do just as well keeping your eyes safe from harm. Patented Unobtainium material appears on the nosepads and ear pads, providing a no-slip grip so your designer sunglasses stay put while you work up a sweat. Its stress-resistant is important for deflecting impact when you’re out on the field as wellExplore the rest of our Oakley collection over at our website, with plenty of styles available for both men and women. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Let us know in the comments or give us a call at 866-411-9428 and we’ll be happy to help.
We know that the industry trades are of little interest to most people outside of our field, but we often find some enlightening articles in these magazine that we just can’t wait to share. Recently, Eyewear Magazine conducted an insightful interview with Claire Goldsmith, great-granddaughter of the man who brought Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses to the world in 1926, and she had some wonderful things to say about eyewear fashion.A little background: The Oliver Goldsmith brand became hugely popular in the 1950s through the 1970s, with everyone from Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly to the Rolling Stones seen wearing a pair. Princess Diana even wore them on the cover of Tatler Magazine later on in 1990 (and rightfully so, the Goldsmiths were once outfitters of the Royal Family). Now under the reign of Claire Goldsmith, who revamped the company in 2006, they’re doing better than ever.A brand is really just a condensation of its values, quality guidelines and standards that are injected into the products. At least that’s how it should be,” Claire told the magazine. High quality is exactly what you’ll get with sunglasses from her family’s company. Each frame is handmade in London with the utmost care, not only to produce your frame but to create top-quality designs as well.The Goldsmiths have now been working for four generations to make sure that eyewear design will never get boring … [Today], the number of choices is overwhelming for customers and you have to work significantly harder to create something that stands out.”They certainly do stand out. Just ask Lady Gaga, who is one of the label’s biggest fans. She’s been spotted in numerous styles, most popularly Oliver Goldsmith Y-Not sunglasses in black. But even as a go-to designer for the more eccentrically dressed celebrities thanks to its range of unique silhouettes and colors, Claire feels the most strength in timeless options.