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.
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.
Shield your eyes in style in Porsche Design P'8464 Sunglasses ($380; Fall 2009). With sporty inner racing stripes inspired by the Porsche GT3 VIP Cup Car, the P'8464s also sport milled aluminum temples with polyamide fronts for extreme lightness and comfort, and lens shapes that are suitable for prescription lenses.
Sure, Ray-Ban's version might be better known, but they sure as hell aren't as tough. Randolph Aviator Sunglasses ($99) were designed for the U.S. Military, and feature unique bayonet temples made to fit underneath headgear, lifetime-warranted solder joints, a variety of available non-polarized and polarized glass or polycarbonate lens options, including prescriptions, five different frame colors, and an included hard case and maintenance kit. If they're good enough for NASA, they're good enough for us.
Not everyone can pull these off, but for those that can, they're pretty dapper. True classics, the Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses ($140) give you timeless, instant retro style. If Wayfarers are for the cool kids, the Clubmaster is for the school newspaper geek.
Solace yourself with the limited edition Tom Ford James Bond 007 TF108 Sunglasses ($450). As worn by Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace , these modern aviators, made in Italy, will have you ordering martinis and stirring up the ladies in no time.
Blues Brothers-style cool, in your pocket. The Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses ($150) offer classic plain-black styling in a foldable, pocketable form for convenient travel. An included hard case keeps the shades protected whilst in your pocket, and Italian craftsmanship means they'll be around for a long time.
Searching for some great-looking, retro-themed sunglasses? Look no further than Moscot Originals Sunglasses ($180). These fantastic specs are based on the original designs that made the company famous back in the 1930s and 1940s. We particularly like the Johnny Depp-approved Lemtosh with a tortoise frame (pictured), but any one of the designs are sure to add some old-school sophistication to your look, even if you opt to go frame-only, and have them made into perscription glasses.
If you happened to notice how kick-ass Bond's sunglasses were in Casino Royale, you weren't the only one. He sports these Persol 2720 Sunglasses ($160). The tortoise shell shades feature the signature Persol silver arrow, UVA, UVB and UVC protection, and brown glass lenses.
It might just be our love affair with all things white (see: iPod, DS Lite, Tweezermans, etc.), but these Oakley sport sunglasses easily made their way onto our wish list over the weekend. The Oakley Gascans ($90) feature the company's High Definition Optics and Plutonite lens material, 100% UV filtering, lightweight O Matter frames, and XYZ Optics for maximum peripheral vision. Just remember that they're not designed to be worn for all occasions — don't be the guy sporting these with his tux.