Shoe Review: Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit

Let me tell you right off the bat…these shoes have the most flexible soles of any that I’ve tried. And by flexible, I mean it bends, squeezes, squishes, and moves in all directions with ease. For a fairly thickly padded shoe, this auxetic sole design that Nike invented is super effective. I feel that only VFFs can move in a similar manner.When I first saw the preview for these shoes, I got really excited and hoped that they would be good or better than the Lunarepics. For one thing, Nike is advertising a 4 mm heel drop (20/16 mm) and while I realize that heel drop may not necessarily be such a big factor anymore, I do find that it makes a big difference to me. Additionally, the Lunarepics are on a 28/18 mm high platform, which I find is a touch too thick no matter how comfortable I feel in them.This Flyknit thing…it can be pretty and it can be pretty ugly. Take the Lunarepics, for example, I really like how they look, especially the Gyakousou colourway. On the other hand, they have made some stinkers in the past with the Kobe 9 Elite and Free 3.0.I understand that beauty is in the eye of the blah blah blah but in this case, I don’t think anyone will disagree that the RN Motion is pretty dull and unassuming. The knit and design is laid out in a straightforward and simplistic manner. The Flyknit is ribbed providing it with a bot more texture without sacrificing its inherent sock-like quality. It feels thinner than what they used for the Lunarepic.Inside, there is no tongue or any kind of a removable insole so what you see is what you get. The laces are a bit redundant but I suspect they will come in handy during faster paces to prevent slippage.Nike refrained from embedding any kind of fancy designs or patterning into the knit other than straight lines originating from the base of the shoe towards its laces.

Eye Spy: Anthony Bourdain in Persol Sunglasses

If you’ve seen Anthony Bourdain’s hit show “No Reservations,” you know that the chef/author is quite experienced with the beauty you can find all over the world. Whether he’s sampling live seafood in Korea or enjoy the local delicacies of Morocco, it’s clear that Bourdain knows a thing or two about the finer things in life.This obviously means he is a huge fan of Persol sunglasses! We’ve seen him out and about on “No Reservations” with his favorite pair of Persols in the past, but he’s donning a brand new style in the ads for his new CNN show “Parts Unknown.”Above, Bourdain is wearing Persol 3028S sunglasses in color 95/31, a beautiful Italian-made frame with a vintage-inspired keyhole bridge, a patented Meflecto design on the temples that relieves pressure on the head, and the brand’s signature arrow motif around the hinges. Silver accents can be seen on the bridge as well. This particular frame is quite convenient for those who are always on the go, as there are actually multiple hinges so you can just fold them up and tuck them away. Aside from the typical hinges on the outer corners, the bridge also folds in as well, making it easy to keep in your shirt pocket or a small compartment in your purse. This frame is also available in tortoise with silver accents.

Frame of the Week: berlin Nameless 2012 Sunglasses

After a sweltering weekend in the city, we thought it was about time we showed you some awesome designer sunglasses in our Frame of the Week series. For serious protection with a whole lot of style, we look to ic! berlin this week.Our frame stylist Alex is wearing a pair of ic! berlin Nameless 2012 sunglasses in Piano Rough. This is a combination frame, meaning it’s made up of multiple materials for a cool look. The front rims feature a subtle dark brown pattern with a rectangular silhouette, accented with a strip of white around the edges. Its arms are attached via a screw-less hinge, using interlocking pieces for a super flexible and resilient pair of shades that you don’t have to worry about loosening or falling apart. The arms are constructed with titanium, which gives this frame its ultra light weight feel as well.Nameless 2012 is also available in plain black, smokey grey with a matte marbled design and graphite arms, and brown with green accents and coffee-colored titanium.Did you know we have a huge new selection of ic! berlin eyewear available on our website? We just added a ton of new styles of eyeglasses and sunglasses for men, women, and kids. Many of the children’s frames were actually designed by children themselves! Check them out and let us know what catches your eye.