Shades of Summer: More Sunglasses to Show-Off this Season

If you’re reading this at a sunny bar patio with squinty eyes because you failed to prepare with a pair of stylish shades, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of the best sunglasses for men that are geared to help you fight off the bright while helping you look your best every time you step out of the house.

Whether you’re heading to the beach, heading in to work, or heading to happy hour drinks, quality  sunglasses are a must-have in the summer. Our picks vary for every budget and will make you stand out in a gas-station-sunglasses crowd. 

Best Buys

Quay Australia Modern Times – $60

Sporting a powerful rectangular frame and crisp, polarized lenses, Quay Australia’s Modern Times sunnies are just the accessory to let everyone in sight know you mean business. Even better? Quay’s bold designs are offered at wallet-friendly prices.

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Sunski Yubas – $45
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The Yubas sunglasses are a Sunski X Huckberry collaboration built for adventure. Taking its name from Sierra Nevada’s powerful Yuba river, these lightweight shades were designed with scratch-proof, polarized lenses and durable, polycarbonate frames to withstand everything the outdoors throws your way. And, at just $45, they’re also priced low enough that your wallet won’t take a huge hit if you lose them.

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SPY Refresh Hi-Fi – $65
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If you’re looking for a minimal design with some true style points, SPY’s new Refresh collection of sunglasses were designed with functionality and style to keep your summer days worry free. Boasting the same virtually indestructible Grilamid frame material, and at a welcoming price, the Refresh line is littered with eye-catchers.

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Other Great Options

SPY Helm 2 – $100
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With plenty of summer shenanigans lying ahead, it’s important to have a pair of sunglasses that do more than just perform while sitting around at the pool. We’re talking shades that’ll look great whether you’re biking through a mountainous terrain, playing 18-holes of golf, or in the grandstands at the ballpark. Featuring SPY’s proprietary Happy Lens – which provide therapeutic benefits through long-wave blue light lenses – a discrete, non-slip rubber temple, and their durable Grilamid material,  it’s easy to see why the Helm 2 design is one of Summer’s best sunglasses. They give you the performance freedom you need, without sacrificing any style.

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Tens Bailey – $99
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Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Tens’ sustainable shades are taking a new direction in helping others protect their retinas and see the world through a warmer hue. Their innovative construction features plant based, 100% biodegradable acetate frames derived from cotton and wood pulp. And, the amber colored lens has been known to have an effect on enhancing ones mood.

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Maui Jim Compass – $319
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Maui Jim’s Compass polarized sunglasses are a superb lightweight, yet sturdy option for shading the eyes. Not only will you be protected from UV rays, the Compass design sports a non-slip, adjustable silicone nose pad for extra comfort and their SuperThin Glass technology for exceptional clarity. Make a statement every day from sun-washed to overcast.

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State Optical Clark – $417
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State Optical Co. is the first American-made luxury eyewear brand, manufacturing their sunglasses straight out of Chicago, Illinois. High quality, bold character, and personalized style are at the forefront of the Clark design, which lands comfortably between a modern and retro aesthetic.

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Sunday Somewhere Odin – $250
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Odin” is the name of the supreme Norse god of art, culture, wisdom and law. Sunday Somewhere’s Odin sunglasses feature a timeless frame that takes after the god’s handsome and eloquent spirit. Boasting a handmade frame, gradient brown lenses, and a subtly stunning dark chocolate-tortoise shell acetate base, Sunday’s sunglasses were built to outshine the sun. And to top things off, they’re also suitable for prescription lenses.

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District Vision Keiichi Standard – $199
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When embarking on your early morning run through the neighborhood, the sunrise can be a bit of a blinder. However, District Vision’s running sunglasses ensure the sun won’t be a pain in your eyes. Developed over a two-year technical testing period involving New York City athletes and Japanese engineering, the Keiichi Standard is ready to roll with you any route you’re willing to take.

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Cubitts Bingfield – $175
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Not only are Cubitt’s Bingfield sunglasses indubitably stylish, they’re built with a utility and comfort that are hard to decline. The glasses feature a matte finish gold frame, which is fitted with classic “P.R.O.” — or “pantoscopic round oval” — lenses that offer an ideal wide-angled view along with a dark green tint for ultimate UV protection.

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Raen Wiley Alchemy – $160
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These handmade shades from Raen Optics’ Alchemy Collection are as sophisticated as they are practical. Flaunting a coffee-colored metal and acetate-blend for the construction, as well as beautiful, bottle-green lenses, these re-imagined Wiley sunglasses will take your everyday look to next level refinement.

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Ray-Ban Classic Clubmaster – $153-$203
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Ray-Ban is best-known for vintage frames with high-quality lenses. The brand’s Classic Clubmaster sunglasses boast a retro, yet modern appeal that will go with anything from a T-shirt and jeans in the backyard to a dapper get-up or even your daily work wear.

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Moncler Lunettes – $285
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In a tribute to Moncler’s lightweight “Longe Saison” line, the brand crafted an everyday-ready, pilot-shaped pair of sunglasses. The Lunettes frame is made entirely from injection-molded material and features rubber gripped tips for extra comfort and a snug fit. Their minimalist aesthetic also allows them to be paired with just about any outfit.

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Oliver Peoples MP-2 Sun – $455

If you’re determined to invest in a high-quality pair of sunglasses, Oliver Peoples’ MP-2 shades are a true statement piece. Sporting round metal frames with a unique filigree design and durable mineral glass lenses, the MP-2 has been a Oliver Peoples favorite since its introduction in 1987.

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Article originally published by Beau Hayhoe on June 28, 2017. Last updated by updated by Bryan Holt on June 14, 2018.