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Old 08-23-2009, 12:15 PM
 
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What are your recommendations for the best quality upscale men's sunglasses, prescription or non-prescription?

My Ray-Bans are great for casual wear but, for me, the aviator and retro 50's looks are dated. Lafont doesn't have the look I want but money is no object and I'm looking in that price range. Thanks.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Oakley is what I wear, great quality and many different styles to suit any taste. I have 4 different pairs but my main sunglasses are Oakley Flak Jacket's with polarized lenses. In Phoenix, good quality sunglasses are a MUST, it isn't even a question if you're going to be driving eastward during the morning or westward in the evening. I love my Oakley's, I wouldn't even consider wearing anything else!
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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I've got a new pair of Ray-Bans, but they don't look like the old aviator brands.

I just go with what I think looks good, at a decent price. Break the mold, buy what you want, don't worry about everyone elses views.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I love Serengeti. Stylish and they are great sunglasses. I also live in an area where eye protection is a necessity, not just a fashion accessory.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Oakley. Their optics are phenomenal, and they are available in just about any style your heart desires.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Warwick, RI
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Are you kidding me? Big $$$ sunglasses? I still wearing my foldable Ferarri's from 1984, lol!
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:10 PM
 
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Nothing against Serengeti, Oakley or Ray-Ban. They're great sunglasses but they're pretty ordinary. Everyone has them. I'm looking for something more distinctive.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:37 PM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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What are your recommendations for the best quality upscale men's sunglasses, prescription or non-prescription?

My Ray-Bans are great for casual wear but, for me, the aviator and retro 50's looks are dated. Lafont doesn't have the look I want but money is no object and I'm looking in that price range. Thanks.
Oliver Peoples has been good for me a few times. They're nice, and expensive enough so that most people aren't wearing them. And IMO the quality is good. Both pairs that I have are made in Japan, which I consider a good thing. They were not even in the same price ballpark as Ray Ban or Maui Jim.

Price being no object is, I've found, a double-edged sword. It opens doors to high quality optics, but it also opens doors to paying for 99% style and 1% optics. I like polarized, glass lenses with A/R coating and heavy tint, as I feel it gives me the best coverage in an area where sunglasses aren't an option, but a requirement. It narrows the field substantially.
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Old 08-23-2009, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Nothing against Serengeti, Oakley or Ray-Ban. They're great sunglasses but they're pretty ordinary. Everyone has them. I'm looking for something more distinctive.
Will a $1000 pair of sunglasses be better than a $100 pair of sunglasses? Highly unlikely.

Oakley and Ray-Ban make top notch sunglasses that they stand behind. At some point you really have to think about the value you're getting for your money. Are people really going to notice the brand of sunglasses you're wearing? Doubtful. I bought my Oakley's because I know they are of high quality and won't break a few months after I've had them. Today you can buy imitations of just about any type of sunglasses for $20 and side by side, it's VERY difficult to tell them difference! Of course the cheap-o's won't be as durable or provide the level of UV protection that the real thing will but if you're solely looking for sunglasses on looks, buy an imitation and save yourself some money!
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Old 08-23-2009, 04:11 PM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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My husband and I are fans of Maui Jim! I've owned Chanel and the like, but tossed them all because the don't compare. However I do have a pair of Cartier sunglasses (800+), but I still prefer my MJs.
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