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.
Be like the dapper one named Don in the Randolph Engineering Ad Man Sunglasses ($170). These aviator-style sunglasses feature a 23k gold finish, bayonet temples, polarized gray lenses, and clear stem covers. Available in a variety of sized to fit even the smallest or largest heads.
Like Ray-Ban's Wayfarers but want something a little more personal? Han Wolfgang Sunglasses ($175-$220) are a fine choice. With highly similar styling, the Wolfgang doesn't stray too far from classic, mainstream looks, but packs fine details that differentiate it from the pack, like unique colorways, paint and coatings that are applied by hand, and the absence of that annoying brand stamp on the lens.
Before he hops in his National Guard/Amp/Sponsor of the Week Chevy to hopefully run 600 miles around the track at Charlotte on Sunday, Dale Jr. will be signing autographs, doing interviews, and generally milling about in his Spy Dirty Mo Sunglasses ($100). Built to Junior's specifications, these signature shades are a tobacco-colored bronze, with Toric ARC lenses, tapered stems, and silver accents. Remember: it's not where you finish, it's how you look doing it. [Thanks, James]
Although we're pretty sure that Nike wasn't making anything but shoes back in the early '70s — hell, the company wasn't even called Nike back then — but we imagine if they were making sunglasses, they would have looked something like these Nike Vintage '72 & '73 Sunglasses ($100). The '72s feature an oversized, aviator-style frame while the '73s sport a more square, Frogskin-like design, but both feature modern niceties like Nike Max optics, 100% UVA and UVB protection, and amber-colored, dark-tinted lenses that'd look right at home in a '70s porn.
Forget simulated wood grain — Shwood Sunglasses ($95) are handcrafted from actual wood. They're available in two basic styles, the Wayfarer-like Canby and the more squarish Govy, and can be ordered in a variety of different woods, all with your choice of Carl Zeiss lenses. Just remember: these probably aren't the best shades to wear to the beach, water park, or campfire — we're guessing they're at least a little flammable.
Legendary eyewear makers Moscot have taken a few of their favorite designs and modernized them in the Moscot Titanium Collection ($280). Featuring the Nebb, Buddy Holly-approved Lemtosh, Miltzen, and Zelig, each frame is made from ultra-light titanium, and features the same overall shape and attitude of the original, only in a slimmed down, understated form.