The Charles Sunglasses
Classic style meets modern optical innovation; these running sunglasses are handmade in Italy.
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Framed for Fast
Marrying a classic silhouette with modern optical technology, our Charles sunglasses for men and women are stylish at any pace, and work just as well on a first-light tempo as they do when out for brunch after the session is done.
The Charles features tonal silicone nose pads designed to grip and hold, with a wire core skeleton you can squeeze tight during a workout and let loose afterward. Silicone pads wrap around your ear for additional comfort and stability.
The Charles is finished with Divel, Italian-made, CR-39 Polarized lenses that block 100% of UVA/UVB rays and prevent road glare. The back of the lens features an extra anti-reflective coating to counteract any reflection.
For the frame’s hinges, we turned to Visottica Comotec, the leader in crafting metal components for eyewear, who have been manufacturing in Susegana, Italy since 1947. The Visottica spring hinges create a gentle wrap of the temples while providing slack for head shape and size, making The Charles an easily customizable fit for any face shape.
Made from lightweight TR90 polymer plastic with a wire core skeleton and spring hinges Hypoallergenic
Italian-made Divel CR-39 Polarized lenses block 100% of UVA/UVB rays
Anti-reflective coating on back of lenses
Hypoallergenic silicone pads on the nose and ear pieces
Size: 51 - 21 - 142
A Modern Classic
We wanted to find a balance between performance and good taste, creating running sunglasses that would perform flawlessly at any pace but wouldn't scream racing when stood still. Crafted in northern Italy, the Charles has been inspired by our daily runs along the Charles River, combining high-quality frames and optics with our understanding of a runner’s wide-ranging needs. So the Charles looks great, feels great, and stays put, even when the sweat starts flowing.
The Charles frame is handcrafted by three family-owned factories in Northern Italy. The Charles is made with TR90 polymer plastic – produced with Swiss technology as a thermoplastic material that is incredibly durable, flexible and adjustable. The result is a frame that’s hypoallergenic, holds its shape after contouring to your face, and is resistant to damage because of its ability to bend under pressure. Most importantly for runners, The Charles is extraordinarily lightweight, with a barely-there feel that stays put at high speeds.
On the Charles
The Charles are available in several colorways that correspond with different routes we’ve mapped along the river from the Trackhouse, our headquarters on Newbury Street. In the frame’s case, we've included a hand-drawn map of the Charles River by Owen Delaney for the next time you’re in Boston looking to run.