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.
You know that happy feeling you get inside when slipping on a pair of TOMS shoes, knowing that someone else less fortunate than you is doing the same thing thanks to your purchase? Now you can get that same rush when donning your sunglasses with TOMS Eyewear ($135-$145). Available in two Classic styles — the Wayfarer-like 101 and Aviator-like 301 — and a ton of different colors, you should find one to suit your style, and of course, TOMS will help give someone sight for each pair you buy, whether it's via medical treatment, prescription glasses, or sight-saving surgery.
With the straight-forward design of Ray-Ban's most popular styles, it's a wonder these hadn't come out a long, long time ago. Ray-Ban Interchangables ($230) turn the company's venerable Aviator and Caravan shades into three-in-one sets with mirrored, gradient, and polarized lenses included to go with the gunmetal or gold frames, as well as a carrying case for one extra set of lenses. Prepare to be the envy of every State Trooper you come across.
Find a pair of shades as unique as you from the collection of Salt Sunglasses ($325-$400). This expansive set ranges from wire to thick acetate framed models, each boasting high-quality builds, PFV Polarized lenses, and a personality fitting their interesting names.
As the sun threatens to break through the grayness of winter, it's time to start hunting for that most summery of accessories: sunglasses. Tumi Traverso Eyewear ($235-$245) fits the bill, with three distinct models — the sporty Brooklyn, in-between Severn, and Wayfarer-like Coronado — built with premium materials, sporting Tumi ZR3 Zeiss CR-39 Polarized lenses, and coming complete with a ballistic nylon case to make certain they last for more than just this season.
We've long been fans of Moscot's lineup of original prescription frames, and now the company's bringing them into the sunglasses market with Moscot Sun ($180-$275). Available in eighteen designs and in a variety of colors and lens treatments, there's undoubtedly one to fit your face — and don't everyone go running to the Buddy Holly-approved Lemtosh (pictured) all at once.
Favored by the McRoyal himself, these new Persol Steve McQueen Sunglasses ($310-$360) are a tribute to McQueen's favorite pair of shades, featuring a unique folding system, a total of four signature Persol arrows, an included leather case, and the Steve McQueen signature on the inside of the temple arm. Available in black with black lens, tortoise with brown lens, or McQueen's — and our — favortie tortoise with blue lens.