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Wanna know what's going on behind your back? These Iconic Specs from 1936 have gotten a black belt makeover. You can walk or run forward while "watching your back" with their rearview capabilities. You read right! Keep moving forward while seeing what's happening behind you. Is someone creeping up on your heals? Are the kids doing something they're not suppose to behind your back? Are you a hiker? Going to a crowded festival this Summer or getting ready for 4th of July festivities? See the 48hr special here:
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Aviator sunglasses were developed in 1936 and were originally meant for pilots. Pilots complained about the sunlight at high altitudes. Aviators were created to cover the eyes completely so pilots could focus on what's going on without being blinded by sudden bursts of sunlight.
To achieve this effect, they had the hallmark teardrop shape which allowed the sunglasses to sit very close to the face without any gaps which keeps the eyes covered at all times. During the war, many servicemen wore them, including Gen. McArthur who became well-known for them. Eventually Hollywood picked up on them and they became even more popular.
Additionally, when soldiers came back from the war wearing them, it gave them a certain military cache which boosted confidence and helped to engrain them as a desirable sunglass.
If there is one movie that has become associated with Aviators, it's Top Gun. Lead actors Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer wore them in various situations and it became an iconic style that everybody wanted to have at the time.
What makes aviators, aviators? Technically, it's the size. You want a lens area that's about three times as large as your eye. The second hallmark is the thin metal frames with a triple bridge or a double bridge. You want either a cable or bayonette ear piece and you want adjustable nose pads. Of course, you want a tear drop shape to cover the eye and you want a convex lens.
So who can wear aviators? Ideally, people with oval, square, and heart-shaped faces look really good with them. At least that's been true for traditional sunglasses. But in this case, they're great for anyone who wants to watch their back at all times!
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