Sunglasses for men are not just a fashion thing. Sure, the right pair of men’s shades can make you look Ryan Reynolds–level cool. But the best sunglasses for men can also prevent wrinkles around the eyes. That’s because when you don’t wear them, you squint, which leads to fine lines around your eyes.
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 labelled UV400 or 100 percent UV protection to make sure you’re getting max coverage. UV rays can actually penetrate through clouds, so wear sunglasses even on overcast days.
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In short, sunglasses are something you need in your arsenal. And while you’re at it, you might as well get a pair that looks good too. Here are the best pairs of sunglasses we found, for every taste.
Best Sunglasses for Men
These epically cool shades make us think of such classic cool dudes as Bob Dylan and the Blues Brothers.
Pros: William Painter the Sloan Classic sunglasses for men are made from premium acetate and have Japanese nylon lenses that are scratch-resistant. They’re the shades you throw on when you’re going anywhere from the beach to Whole Foods to dinner out. Plus of course you get 100 percent UVA and UVB protection.
Cons: If you have a big head and wide face, they be too tight for you.
These lightweight sunglasses are forged from aerospace-grade titanium, which means they'll last you until you lose them.
Pros: These men’s sunglasses are made with what’s billed as the world’s lightest nylon lenses. They’re scratch-resistant, and give you 100 percent UVA/UVB protection. And yes, they have built-in bottle openers.
Cons: These are better for dudes with smaller heads.
We dig the pure, clean, and crisp lines of these Persol men's sunglasses.
Pros: You get a glass lens, a metal and plastic frame, and a rounded shape. These sunglasses are true classic, with an urban vibe.
Cons: The lenses are flat, which is a pro, but can be a con if it’s not your cup of Joe.
Sturdy, classic and versatile, these frames are a favorite of everyone from Robert Redford to Tom Cruise.
Pros: One of the OG aviator makers, Ray-Ban’s classic frame is ubiquitous upon the eyes of bad-asses. They’re what Maverick wears in Top Gun. This frame has been around since 1937 and with its sturdy construction and classic silhouette, it’ll be around another 80 years too. They provide 100 percent UV protection.
Cons: Make sure you buy these from Amazon itself, because there are fakes out there.
Stylish, affordable, and great all-around shades from the land Down Under.
Pros: 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.
Cons: People love the tint on these sunglasses for men, but it’s unlikely to shade your eyes from the strongest sun.
The brand was created by two former Stanford swimmers, so they know a few things about excellence. These are the ultimate high-performance sunglasses. You can sweat buckets, you can jump on a trampoline, and they won't budge.
Pros: Where do we begin? 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.
Cons: The only complaint people have? They’re so comfortable you won’t remember to take them off.
You'll never go wrong with iconic classic Ray-Bans, which are perfect for stylish dudes who favor an understated vibe.
Pros: The Aviator was originally created for pilots in 1937. These sunglasses are timeless. They look good on everyone. And they provide 100 percent UV protection.
Cons: Cutting-edge, they’re not.
If you want durable, lightweight sunglasses that seamlessly go from the beach to the bar to the office, these Maui Jims are the right fit for you.
Pros: These Maui Jim sunglasses are so lightweight and fit most men so well, you’ll forget you’re wearing them — they’re among the more functional-while-stylish sunglasses for men, transitioning easily from the dock to the office.
Cons: Some have found the gray lenses don’t offer quite enough protection in the very brightest conditions.
Clean, simple, and polished, these round frames are ideal for oval and square faces. They're scholarly, without making you look like Dr. Emmett Brown.
Pros: Like others on this list, the RAEN sunglasses will stand the test of time, and incoming and outgoing trends. The frame is handmade, and the Carl Zeiss Vision CR-39 lenses load you up with 100 percent UV protection.
Cons: The rounded shape isn’t for everyone.
You know all about driving loafers? This is the sunglass version thereof. They're retro without being precious. And the hooks keep them in place.
Pros: Handmade in France, these sunglasses not only provide 100 percent UV protection. But they also block out 97 percent of blue light. They’re ideal for driving, because the lenses are crystal-clear.
Cons: The ear hooks might be a bit much for some.
These sleek Oakley sunglasses come in a range of colors and lenses and are ideal for cyclists, runners, and other outdoor athletes.
Pros: You get 100 percent UV protection, coupled with a three-point fit frame design that holds lenses in precise alignment, meaning 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.
Cons: They’re great for athletes, but not always a style knockout. Not all the available lenses are polarized, so be sure to read the fine print when selecting a pair.
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