As the sun teasingly pokes its head out from behind a sheet of winter clouds, we too start making appearances on our favorite cool cafe terraces, at bold backyard barbeques and just about anywhere warm weather permits.With summer in mind, we’ve started thinking about an accessory that tends to be long forgotten during the year’s cold months (unless you live in California, you lucky duck). Depending on your desired look, your frames can take you from bum to business or class to cool — all while protecting your eyes from the culprit drawing us out of our dens. Better known to some as shades or sunnies, sunglasses are perfectly poised at the intersection of fashion and function — not unlike the best watches for men.
Thankfully, spending more time outside means soaking up a long-needed dose of fresh air and sunlight, both of which tend to be in short supply during the colder seasons. But while these are welcome benefits of spring and summer, longer exposure to the sun can also have some disadvantages. As a result, if you like spending any time outside, you should think about equipping yourself with a pair of these cool sunglass options.For starters, bright light and harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause temporary and long-term damage to your vision, and squinting your eyes for long periods of time can induce otherwise avoidable headaches.
As we mentioned before, not only do sunglasses serve a very practical purpose, but they can really pull together your summer style. Various quality brands have experimented with frame shapes and lens colors to come up with some of the best current outdoor eyewear looks. That said, the countless options could actually be a little overwhelming, which is why we’re here to help.
We’ve broken our favorite models of sunglasses for men down into three categories to help you determine your best options. This list doesn’t compromise style or functionality, so you can take advantage of a great summer accessory.
These are the sunglasses that we keep coming back to, time and time again. Not because they’re flashy, but because they’re classic and comfortable. Perfect for kicking off our list of the best sunglasses for men.
Raen The Suko
Designed in California, these caramel colored sunglasses are a reminder of days spent beachside, sipping cold cervezas and napping under the sun. Here to protect your eyes (and defend your all-year-round style), the Suko in Matte Rootbeer features five-barrel hinged temples, a keyhole nose bridge and 100% UVA/UVB protective lenses supplied by Optics by Carl Zeiss Vision.
Traveler by TOMS
Chunkier than your classic Wayfarer, the Dalston matte black is made from TOMS’s trademark rubberized, slightly pliable material — Solaflex. Intended to deliver long-lasting durability, their polycarbonate lenses (100% UVA and UVB safe) are designed to withstand high-impact activity.
Knockaround Fort Knocks
Although they seem to be a simple pair of wayfarers at first glance, a closer look reveals that these Fort Knocks shades actually incorporate a gold bar detailing for a subtly elevated look. As for the lenses, they offer up to UV400 protection, are polarized, and are FDA-approved impact resistant, so you can get up to all the rowdiness your lifestyle warrants. Also comes with a complementary sports strap.
Earth Wood Hampton
The Hampton frames from Earth Wood Sunglasses are hand crafted with natural red rosewood, which means the color may actually vary from one pair to the next. The lenses offer 100% UVA and UVB protection, plus they’re polarized. Oh yeah, and they’re currently 70% off.
These Italian frames are angular yet slim enough not to overwhelm the face. The tortoiseshell here is understated, but the silver detailing on the arms is catches the eye. The lenses are polarized.
Tom Ford Flynn Havana
This warm-colored model from Tom Ford features solid taupe lenses and gold metal accents. That said, since the primary material used here is plastic as opposed to acetate, you can consider that you’re paying more for the brand name that the overall quality.
Norton Point #NP74002
For a classic look with an updated feel, Norton Point delivers guaranteed satisfaction. These nautical-inspired frames are made from a combination of natural fibers (which are environmentally safe yet tough), and come with UV400-protected polarized lenses. The gold-plated arms earn them pure aesthetic points.
William Painter Constellation
Made with the world’s lightest lenses, William Painter sunglasses are the epitome of comfort — it doesn’t hurt that they’re highly stylish and super durable. Plus, if they don’t suit your lifestyle perfectly, they guarantee your money back. Grab them while they’re 26% off!