By: Levi Opsatnic
Maybe I’m the only one to feel this way, but it seems like the last few days have been nothing but hot, humid, sunny, and well, par for summer’s course. With this being the case, I’ve found myself throwing the contacts in and living my life behind a dark screen of polarized lenses a lot more frequently. A fairly simple accessory, but one that can really make or break a sunny day, I make sure to always have a pair of sunglasses whenever I’m doing anything from walking and driving, to fishing or trying to look a little extra cool.
So whether you’re looking for a pair of shades to protect you on lazy days, take out the nine iron, or just to look nice and sharp, this list is sure to have all of you guys covered.
Even the grayest days can turn painfully sunny, and for days like that, you’ll really be stoked about having the Quiet Storm Sunglasses from Pepper’s Sport Optics. Made with a lightweight construction and polarized lenses, these glasses surely won’t weigh you down, and their tri-acetate polarized lenses will cut through even the harshest of glares. The best part about the Quiet Storm Sunglasses? Well, that is that you won’t be conducting the sad train for weeks if you happen to break or lose these very cost-effective sunglasses.
Whenever the sun is blasting down at you but you can’t stand to be inside, Sun Cloud’s Causeway Sunglasses will be the only “cause” that you need to get out and enjoy the day. The combination of spring-action hinges and a light design turn these glasses into a comfortable dream, and their simple, but stunning look ensures that you’re dressed to impress all the way up to your head.
Okay, maybe you (very much like myself) missed the memo about what the newest, coolest, and most hip sunglasses are, but it’s ok because Smith’s Lowdown Sunglasses are always there to give you the stylish scoop…uhm I mean lowdown into the sunglass world. Crafted with a strong and sturdy Evolve frame material, these sunglasses can take a bit more abuse than some of the others in this list, and their hydrophilic megol nose and temple pads paired with a set of crisp carbonic TLT lenses allows you to comfortably take in the sunny world around you.
They’re a real favorite in Native’s line for a reason, and that’s because their Hardtop Sunglasses are just plain awesome. Sporting a look that is just as simple as it is technical, these sunnies can pair perfectly with anything from your running shorts to a polo and some khakis. Not only do they look great, but the Hardtop Sunglasses also feature a ventilation system that will prevent fog and unnecessary heat as well as some easy to replace lenses and a mastoid temple grip that will keep these bad boys from ever falling off. And if they do somehow fall off and shatter into a million pieces, well you’re in luck, because you can send your broken, mangled sunglasses and $30.00 back to Native, and within a week or so, you’ll have a brand new pair; talk about great customer service.
Okay, I’ll apologize now for the bias that I do have towards Ray-Ban’s sunglasses now. Maybe it’s the Italian blood running through my veins, or it could be the fact that (in my opinion) Ray-Ban has been consistently making some of the most classy and comfortable sunglasses out there, and their Wayfarers are certainly no exception. A comfortably heavy-duty frame rests wonderfully on your face, while some large, polarized lenses prevent the sun from ever being an issue. Whether you’re wearing them to complete a slick outfit or just want to cater to the classics, there’s no better way than with a pair of Wayfarers.