Finding your next set of spectacles or just a sweet pair of summer shades doesn't need to involve a trip to the mall. The new collection from Steven Alan Optical ($145-$245) includes 20 different frame designs, each available in a variety of colors and finishes, giving you a huge assortment to choose from. In addition, four of the frames are available as sunglasses, and each pair of prescription glasses includes lenses. But the best part is the Home Trial Kit, which lets you select up to six frames to be shipped to you for free so you can try them out for a week and decide which one best suits you before you buy — removing the chance of accidentally ordering a pair that makes you look like a distant cousin of Steve Urkel.
The last time we heard from Shwood, they were making some pretty amazing wooden sunglasses. Now the company is moving to another natural element. Shwood's Stone Collection ($295+) includes two styles — the Wayfarer-esque Canby and the vintage-y Belmont — that are made with real slate stone that's fused with birch wood to create a pair of shades that can truly be called ruggedly handsome. They're limited to 200 pairs, and ship in a few weeks.
Warby Parker has long been amongst our list of go-to eyewear specialists thanks to their buy a pair, give a pair program, but unfortunately if you were looking for metal frames, you were looking elsewhere. Not anymore. The new Warby Parker Titanium Collection ($145-$195) is their first to feature metal, with fourteen designs combining titanium sourced from Japan, non-rocking spring hinges from France, and temples made from Parker's custom acetate. Available as regular prescription eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses and ranging from sporty to architectural, you're bound to find a pair that's right for you.
Forget "vintage-style" — if you've got the bucks, these are the real McCoy. With only five pairs currently available, these Persol Vintage Sunglasses ($1,170-$1,250) are the definition of limited — and that's not surprising, considering they hail from the '70s and '80s, and were unearthed in a French antique shop. All five pairs sport original style, but if you're looking for a recommendation, we'd roll with the Steve McQueen-approved Ratti 49 (pictured). [Scouted by Sam]
Ready to ditch your Oakleys but don't want to risk Tom Cruise-ification in a pair of Wayfarers? Check out these Ray-Ban Justin Sunglasses ($110). Inspired by the Wayfarer, they look good on basically any face, while details like a rubberized finish on the frames and colored lenses give them a style all their own. The perfect everyday sunglasses.
Having taken care of the Risky Business-era Tom Cruise crowd with Folding Wayfarers, Ray-Ban is stepping up to cover aspiring pilots and state troopers with these Ray-Ban Folding Aviator Sunglasses ($195). Available in a variety of frame and lens combinations, they collapse down to fit neatly into the included carrying case, leaving more room in your bag for things like flight charts and donuts. [Scouted by Luke]
You don't have to be a Metallica fan to like these Sutro Hetfield Sunglasses ($220) — but it probably doesn't hurt. Available in gloss black and tortoise, these squarish shades were designed in collaboration with Metallica frontman James Hetfield, and offer Zeiss optics and a 3Click stainless steel hinge. Great for seeking and destroying, roaming, harvesting sorrow, and other dark arts.
We're huge fans of Warby Parker's frames, so it's little surprise that we're stoked to see (get it?) these new Warby Parker Prescription Sunglasses ($150). Available in a wide variety of styles, each pair comes with polarized prescription lenses, and as with all their glasses, for each pair you buy, Warby Parker provides funding and/or glasses to non-profit organizations that provide affordable glasses to those in need.
And you thought your titanium frames were light. These Kolstom Carbon Fiber Sunglasses ($125) are the world's first sunglasses made from compression molded carbon fiber reinforced polymer, giving them incredible strength while reducing weight to virtually nothing. Other features include a unique locking hinge, thermally fused 9-layer lenses, and simple, timeless looks that sit well on most any face.
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country's most iconic sunglasses brand by picking up a pair from the Ray-Ban Legends Collection ($160). Included in this limited edition collection are pink, green, and blue lensed variants of the Round and Aviator, as well as reintroduced styles of the '60s-era Laramie and Meteor. [via]
Thinking TOMS Eyewear were your only choice if you wanted a buy-one, give-one pair of sunglasses? Think again. Available in five distinct styles, Warby Parker Sunglasses ($95) are made from custom cellulose acetate with five barrel hinges, Teflon-coated screws, and polarized lenses. And, of course, for every pair you buy, a pair of optical glasses is given to a person in need.
Protect your eyes from the wind while maintaining the proper level of cool with the Oakley Wind Jacket ($220). Designed with motorcyclists in mind, the Wind Jacket is a modified version of the Split Jacket, featuring snap-in gaskets for a protective, wind-blocking seal, a removable strap to keep them securely sitting on your noggin, and included sets of interchangeable dark and light lenses so you can keep your eyes from drying out whether it's a sunny day or moonless night.