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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by katelens, Aug 4, 2015.
What are the some of the coolest sunglasses to have?
The kind that shield your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun without making you look like you chose them just for the designer label.
My wife got Kate Spades.
Wanna know why?
They looked good on her and they only cost $25 with my vision insurance. Before my vision insurance, she would wear $10 target sunglasses.
You wanna know why? They were cheap and looked good on her.
See the pattern?
Buy something cheap that looks good on you.
Just close your eyes.
Get sunglasses from a sunglass company - there's a ton of options with excellent optics.
Half the brands are all made in the same place. I wear Oakleys, but whatever floats your boat.
It basically does not get any cooler than Wayfarer. Ever.
Forget perceived 'coolness' or absurd stuff such as 'best branded'.
'Branded', whether best or not, is often a triumph of marketing and spin and hype over substance.
When getting glasses of any sort, sunglasses or not, you need to know what suits you, what looks good on you, what frames flatter and enhance your face. Then, you can research manufacturers, or brands, rather than the other way around.
I'm all about Oakleys Straightjacket or cheap gas station aviators.
The goal is get a lens that blocks 100% of UVA and UVB light.
I'm firmly in the Oakley and RayBan camp, but if you don't have a prescription, it doesn't matter. Prescription users need the higher quality optics you get from the big brands.
I have several different ones depending on what I'm up to.
For golf, the Oakley Prism Golf glasses are awesome.
When driving I tend to go for polaroid glasses to reduce glare.
Currently I use both types of lenses in my Flak 2.0 XL that I find very comfortable.
Other days I'll go for a more classy look and choose a pair of Police or Ray-Ban or something.
What's more important than looks though is quality optics and protecting your eyes as comfortably as possible
I say anything made in Italy is my first choice, then USA because Oakley before they switched. I will never ever buy anything branded eyes wear made in China for sure.
When I went to look at Oakley prescribs I was told that they are back logged over a month.
Yeah, I'm not surprised. It's always like that.
I get my glasses from Lenscrafters, and when I wanted the Oakley lenses for my Oakley glasses, I waited an extra 2 weeks.
I can promise you that the wait is worth it
Expensive though, times like these I wish I wore contacts. $200 for the frames, another $250 for the lenses.
Everything made in Italy is made by the same company, Luxottica. Even Oakleys are made by them now. Sunglass Hut, Sear Optical, Target Optical and even LENSCRAFTERS are owned by them. You would have a VERY difficult time finding any name-brand eyewear that ISN'T made by them.
I wear RockBros sunglasses. Picked up 2 "sets" each with a frame and 5 different lenses plus regular temples and an elastic strap for $15 each.
My frames are by Oliver Peoples, and my prescription lenses, for both my sunglasses and my ordinary glasses, were made by Karl Zeiss who are held in some renown as specialists in lenses.
I will admit that nearly 20 years ago, I had attempted to have prescription sunglasses lenses made by Bausch & Lomb, but while the needs of my right eye could easily have been met, the issues with my left eye are outside the parameters or range of what Bausch & Lomb were prepared to make commercially.
That was when I realised that specialist lens makers were a better (and more reliable) source of sunglass lens.
"Cool" is different from person to person, time to time, and place to place...so hard to say what that would be for you (factoring when and where too).
Yeah, a few of us Oakley fanatics were bummed, the older lenses were better. I have a few set of older OEM lenses, and I did find a Japanese aftermarket source for lenses (and other parts), that's very good (but there are some janky aftermarket lenses...)
I prefer Oakleys.
Right so you agree then. Anything any branded made in Italy get my money for sure. China can keep their crap even if it was real Prada. A year or so ago I saw some Burberry that I liked at Sunglass Hut, but big turn off that it was Made in China.
I got a new pair of Oakleys in June and it took 3 weeks. Worth the wait though.
This is a subjective question. Cool is not just related to the brand factor but how you wear the glasses and how you feel about your look when wearing them. I wore for 10 years a pair of Gucci aviator glasses (probably made by the same Italian company halux mentioned earlier). They were not great but the colour of the lens and shape of the glasses were just right for me.
Steve McQueen (one of the coolest actors of all time) was famous for wearing Persol sunglasses but on me they just didn't feel right. Everybody talks about Wayfarer's but again they don't suit my face I feel (but I do have prescription sunglasses that look similar to them and they fit great, go figure). At the end I took Rayban Clubmaster's which in my opinion make me look cool.
One day even Google Glasses will be cool ;-)
BTW, prescription sunglasses is definitely the way to go. Expensive (just as with normal glasses) but makes a massive difference.