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We did a lot of sweating in these sunglasses to make sure they not only stay in place while running, but also look awesome in the process. These are eight of the best women’s sunglasses that strike the perfect balance between fashionable and functional.
100 Percent Legere Round | $110
Cool style meets top-notch performance. These rimless, round frames are thin and chic, and combined with the company’s proprietary UltraCarbon material it creates a durable, strong and lightweight frame. No-slip pads at the nose and temples keeps your shades in place even while running fast (no bouncing around). The lenses are UV protected, scratch-resistant, provide high visibility, and are treated to repel water and oil—which seemed to work. They didn’t fog or smudge.
Goodr OG | $25
We’re big fans of the sass behind this brand (e.g., the pictured pair’s color is Iced by Yetis), and they’ve become a cult favorite for a very simple reason: they’re $25 and they’re fun. Known for making colorful yet affordable polarized lenses in specially coated plastic frames that don’t slip while you move, Goodr has found a formula that appeals to the thrifty runner who wants to express some personality in her accessories. Part of the reason they’ve become so popular among runners is you don’t have to worry about anything that might happen to them during your adventures the way you might with a more expensive pair. Some testers noticed backside glare, but it wasn’t enough to deter them from running in these fun sunnies.
Oakley Split Time | $146
The aviator-esque silhouette on these women’s sunglasses helps them transition seamlessly from workout to weekend, but they don’t sacrifice technical details or performance. The metal alloy temples are slim enough to fit under a running cap, and the lens optics are so clear (and glare-reducing!) that testers forgot they were wearing them. A no-slip nosepiece helps keep them in place while running, and small side shields on the frame combat backside glare—a tiny but important detail! $173 (Prizm Ruby lens)
Roka Rio Alloy | $125
Roka has come into the eyewear space in a big way in the last few years, with a wide range of sports frames, regular day-to-day prescription glasses, and a number of casual sports sunglasses that can do both. These aviator glasses look as great during a run as they do walking around the city, and deliver crazy-clear polarized optics. They’re ridiculously lightweight (you’ll barely notice you’re wearing them), and the patented pads on the nose and temples keep them locked in place.
Smith Lowdown Slim 2 | $179
These sunglasses pair a classically stylish design with a unique rosy lens color, which works amazingly well on those days that are cloudy yet still bright enough to make you squint—the ChromaPop lenses very noticeably enhance your vision. The nose pads secure the sunnies to your face, even on sweaty runs, and the frames are made from an eco-friendly frame material. Bonus: Smith also provides a lifetime guarantee on its sunglasses.
Rudy Project Spinhawk Slim | $135
Building off the popularity of its Spinhawk frame, Rudy Project updated the design with a slimmer look to complement smaller female faces (so those with narrow faces can wear this popular style without looking bug-eyed!). The colorful mirrored non-polarized lenses offer high-contrast optics and can be ordered with a prescription.
Maho Cabo 2 | $145
Inspired by Cabo San Lucas, these chic round shades deliver the ultimate summer-fun beach style. (They look especially great on heart, round, and square shaped faces.) This update is the sport version of their original Cabo frame: combining ultra-light lenses, stainless steel frames, and a proprietary fit and retention system that makes these frames suitable for even your longest runs. They might be slightly heavier than some of the other models in this roundup, but they lock in place and are barely noticeable while you’re wearing them. No slipping, bouncing, or budging.
AO X CIELE GT Glass | $275
An initial discussion on a ridiculously hot day in Vegas led to Article One and CIELE Athletics working together to build this high-end modern take on running eyewear. Both brands value performance, edgy style, with a nod to the golden years of running in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Polarized lenses cut road glare, and the back side of the glasses have an extra anti-reflective coating to counteract any reflection coming from the eye. Customizable silicone nose pads adjust to give you the best bridge size, keeping the frames on your face during any activity. (Available Sept 3.)