Nike Free RN Distance | First Run Review

Think of the Nike Free RN Distance as a mash up of the Free 3.0 and the Lunar Tempo. The Free RN Distance borrows the 4mm heel-toe offset from the Free 3.0, but has more midsole under foot. In fact, the Free RN Distance is 2-3mm thicker in the forefoot than the Free 3.0 and Lunar Tempo. Like other Free shoes, the Free RN Distance has a heavily siped midsole/outsole (thinly cut grooves), which delivers tremendous flexibility. The pattern of siping is multi-directional and similar to the most recent Free shoes. While the center of the midfoot is not siped, and the resultant shapes are larger than other Free shoes, the sensation of flexibility and adaptability seems the same.From the Lunar Tempo, the Free RN Distance borrows a modified, accordion-like midsole structure, which delivers a soft, compliant feel. Furthermore, the Free RN Distance has a Lunar core foam midsole interior, which delivers a much softer feel than any previous Free model. Where some runners may have felt Free shoes lacked ample cushioning for longer runs, the Free RN Distance, with its thicker sole and Lunar cushioning, welcomes longer runs.Similar to other Free Shoes, the Free RN Distance has a close-to-the-foot fit. The midfoot and forefoot are shallow and provide a snug fit for medium to narrow feet. If you have a high instep, thick, full volume feet, or wider feet, this shoe is not going to be a good fit. While the toe-box is shallow, there is more room around the ends of the toes than other Free shoes and the pointy, super shallow Lunar Tempo. Your standard running shoe size should work well for this shoe.Immediately the shoes felt very soft underfoot. The upper felt quite snug in the midfoot and forefoot, but the heel felt loose and there was plenty of length for my toes. Walking around I could feel the arch structure of the shoe. It wasn’t uncomfortable, simply noticeable, which is something I like. The shoes still felt quite soft walking in them, the heel did not slip, and the upper moved well with the foot without having any pressure points or creasing issues.

Frame of the Week: Face a Face Smoking 1 Eyeglasses

By now, you’ve heard all the hype about Face a Face Bocca sunglasses, the super-cool frames that were inspired by the Mae West Lips couch by Salvador Dali. The sexy stiletto heels on the tips of each arm (or leg, really) started out red, then was gradually made available in multiple colors, expansing to include several other styles in a capsule collection, like the above Rock 3! This frame is bold and extreme, with flame-like corners that give the illusion of speed.But the ladies aren’t the only ones who get to have all of the fun around here – Face a Face has come out with a similar male frame featuring tuxedoed legs, white socks, and dress shoes, giving guys the opportunity to be just as playful with their designer eyewear and to turn some heads while they’re at it.Face a Face Bocca Smoking 1 eyeglasses look simple at first glance – square lenses, a flared brow, a structured silhouette, and a classic black color – however, they’re anything but. Although the original Bocca comes with a pair of voluptuous and feminine legs, Smoking 1 has black temples, with all of the excitement in the tip’s detail, where Richelieu shoes are an homage to the classic Smoking jacket by Yves Saint Laurent.

Frame of the Week: CHANEL 5249 Sunglasses

Continuing our preparation for long days in the sun, we present to you another week of fabulous designer sunglasses. This week, our friend Vanessa has chosen a pair of CHANEL 5249 sunglasses in color 714/S5, part of the new 2013 collection from the French fashion house. See how happy she looks? That’s how we like to see each and every one of you before you walk out the door! Doesn’t the tortoise color complement her so well? The square-shaped lenses flatter, too, adding angles to create a balanced look.This glamorous pair of acetate CHANEL sunglasses also features gradient brown lenses and a beautiful metal camellia on each temple, both sides accented with a tiny CC logo on one of the camellia’s petals. While we like that the signature shows our devotion to art and fashion, the logo is subtle enough to give just a hint towards our predilection for the finer frames in life.The 5249 is available in multiple shades to suit your sartorial needs this season – whether you want a teal frame to bring a pop of color to your summer look or a neutral black for a glamorous accessory enviable by any celeb. This style is also offered in a rich blue and deep red. We think the latter two are great choices to pull together a fabulous look for July 4th. Pair with a crisp white blazer and some cutoff jean shorts and you’ll be shining bright this Independence Day.