“If you have a body, you’re an athlete.”
Full stop. No discussion! When Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman made that pronouncement, a lot of couch potatoes were flabbergasted. The athletes they know from the telly sprint the 100 metres in under 10 seconds at the Olympics or run God knows how many yards in the Super Bowl. And suddenly the average American consumer was being called an “athlete”. Do athletes look like this?
The answer is clearly “yes”. Because sports doesn’t have to be about leagues or be included in the Olympics. If you jog a few kilometres once a week – Respect! If you regularly commute by bike instead of car – Nice! If you skateboard through the city shocking the elderly – … Hey, the definition of “sports” can be very broad.
But all these activities have one thing in common: Safety first! This not only means the cushion of your running shoes when jogging, a helmet while cruising, or legal liability insurance, it also means sunglasses. Because they not only protect you against unpleasant headwinds if you build up enough speed – they also protect against UV rays. And UV rays shouldn’t be underestimated! Since ultraviolet radiation has nothing to do with heat, you don’t just need sunglasses in the summer. Right now in the middle of winter, while you’re setting your new athletic resolutions for the new year, you are always exposed to UV radiation when the sky is clear. After snow or rain, the rays are reflected off the ground, attacking you from above and below. So if you aren’t just training in the mud for the next Tough Mudder obstacle course, but are also running on asphalt or snow-covered ground, you should put on some sunglasses and be on the safe side. (At least you’ll look cool if you don’t perform well.)
These sunglasses belong on your face like whey protein belongs in low-fat milk
Nike was already mentioned at the start. There’s a good reason for that! That’s because the American company has been the most important manufacturer of sporting goods for decades. Nike sunglasses are very popular because they have spring hinges that guarantee a tight fit even with fast movements. The Nike Flip belongs on your face like a kickflip belongs in a skateboarder’s bag of tricks.
If you’re into extreme sports, you should grab a pair of Oakley sunglasses with PRIZM technology. It ensures that you see contrasts and colours better so you can correctly recognise your surroundings faster – something that can be vital for survival, especially at high speeds. Oakley also has special sports glasses for you when you’re descend mountains while snowboarding or downhill mountain biking. And when things are more relaxed, Oakley Holbrook glasses are perfect.
If you’ve got moderate athletic ambitions and your real motive for wearing sporty sunglasses is the coolness factor, then you should check out Prada Sport. The black tinted Prada Sport Shield Sunglasses are the perfect companion if you want to check out bikini-clad girls unobtrusively at the surf resort. And you’re also protected by the Monoglass lenses when you’re doing your best to impress the spectators on the half-pipe.
Of course we also have many other sporty sunglasses on offer as well. For example, with Adidas, Puma and Polaroid Sports you’ll find a large selection of different frames with the colour or shape you want. Whichever you choose – Just wear it!