Sunglasses for men are not just a fashion statement. Sure, the right pair of men’s shades can upgrade your style. But they’re protective necessities in the harsh sunlight. For instance, the best sunglasses for men can also prevent wrinkles around the eyes. Vanity aside, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, if you expose your eyes to strong sunlight without wearing proper sunglasses, you can wind up with a burnt cornea. Yes, that’s about as fun as it sounds. And long-term sun exposure can lead to an increased risk of cataracts, cancers, and growths on or near eyes.
So the long and the short of it is, wear sunglasses. Look for those that provide 100 percent UVB and UVA protection to make sure you’re getting max coverage. UV rays can actually penetrate through clouds, so wear sunglasses even on overcast days. A few other no-brainer tips:
- Make sure sunglasses block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation, and don’t let price fool you: Even cheap ones do the job, if the label says so.
- Oversized sunglasses are better because they protect more of your eye area.
- Dark lenses do not block more UV rays.
- Polarized lenses reduce glare, and are ideal if you’re going swimming or skiing.
Taking consideration of both protection and style, here are the best pairs of sunglasses we found, for every taste and budget
Best Sunglasses for Men
These shades look damn good are made from premium acetate and have Japanese nylon lenses that are scratch-resistant. They're a great knock-around pair that looks as good when you're shopping for groceries as they do when you're shoveling sand with the kids.
First off, the Latch are available in a bunch of rad frame-lens combinations. Want ice-blue lenses with white frames? How about blood orange lenses with faux wood frames? They got 'em. Cool combos aside, these beach-y, classic shades are durable, protective, and able to stand up to anything summer throws your way.
Randolph Engineering has had a military contract since 1978, meaning the brand supplies nearly all of our armed forces with their eyewear. This is to say if you're looking for a pair of classic, tear-drop aviators that will last for decades, then you'd be hard-pressed to find a company with better cred. Are the Concorde pricey? Indeed they are. But that's because the handcrafted shades are built to the same standards as military specs — a 200 step process that takes six weeks — and have a lifetime guarantee.
Warby Parker's buy one, give one business model is reason alone to buy their sunglasses. Another reason? They simply make great sunglasses that don't cost a crazy amount of money. Consider the Barkley, with their square, scratch-resistant lenses and stocky frames that come in three patterns. They're not reinventing the wheel in terms of patterns. They're just doing a damn good job of tweaking the classics just-so that they become modern staples.
Australia knows a thing or two about sun. Homegrown, Melbourne-based Quay sunglasses looked to the arts and festival circuits to craft cool, affordable sunnies that look great on just about everybody. And you won't cry yourself to sleep when you inevitably lose them, since they're less than a car payment.
Where do we begin? The shades are so lightweight you'll forget you're wearing them, so well-fitted they won't fall off, and so attractive they seamlessly blend form with function, you likely won't find a better pair of sunglasses. Plus, the lenses have anti-fog and anti-reflective coatings so you can wear them in any weather. These are the ultimate high-performance sunglasses. You can sweat buckets, go jump on a trampoline, and they won't budge.
Ideal for active guys, the sunglasses offer 100 percent UV protection, coupled with a three-point fit frame design that holds lenses in precise alignment. The latter means they won't slip and slide all over your face when you're mid-hike. They're also perfect for guys with medium to larger faces. Just note that not all the available lenses are polarized, so be sure to read the fine print when selecting a pair..
Looking for a pair of protective, sport-y shades to throw on for a softball game or on a morning run? Consider the Attack from Smith. The company, which makes snow goggles and optics for basically every activity, knows how to engineer a pair of sunglasses that not only work well when you're sweaty but look and feel good when you're winding down. Sure, these have a Kenny Powers feel to them. But, hey, maybe that's your thing. Regardless, with such features as their chromapop lenses (they filter out certain wavelengths to keep your vision clear), hydrophilic nosepads (that get tackier the more you sweat), and smart ventilation (the better to ensure your vision doesn't fog up) these glasses are worthy of your face.
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