Now that summer is finally here, you're in the market for some new shades. Worry not: we've been hard at work putting together a list of some of the best on the market just for you. With a diverse group of frames from all different makers at three wide-ranging price points, there's something for everyone.
The Urkel is a basic Wayfarer design with round-bottoms. The two-tone frame color here, PrintSeries Expressionist, gives these simple shades some nice flair.
For some Australian surf vibes on the cheap, these Sunksi Madronas are a great pick-up. The rubberized, sturdy texture of the frames makes them a go-to choice for beach adventures.
TRAVELER by TOMS Dalston
Everyone's favorite humanitarian shoe company actually makes pretty nice sunglasses, too. These Wayfarer-style frames are available in several different colors and are made of a similar rubberized material to the Sunskis.
These frames from Arnette are one of your best bets for great, reasonably priced surf and skate shades. They're pretty basic, as they should be, since your real focus is probably on the waves.
The Sunpocket II stand out from the crowd because of their unique foldable design as much as their classic frame shape. A fully foldable pair of aviator-shaped Euro shades for $75? Yes, please.
Smith Optics doesn't mess around when it comes to performance, and the Lowdown is a prime example of their focus on sport-ready sunglasses. Impact resistant lenses, megol nose pads, and a unique take on the Wayfarer shape make it stand out from your typical sport frames.
While some of Oakley's frames strike us as...gauche, the Frogskin has a simplistic sophistication we can really get behind. You know the craftsmanship will be solid, Oakley's lenses are unbelievably good, and at $100, the price is right.
Vint & York Fairbanks
It's very easy to do an aviator frame wrong, but Vint & York gets it right with their take on the standby. The minimalist design and subtle blue frame color might be a little too Miami for some, but y'know what? Maybe that's okay.
Raen Saint Malo
Sometimes, the best things are the simplest things. Raen's Saint Malo is as simple as it gets, with a basic slightly-horned, round-bottomed frame shape and decidedly uncomplicated dark lens (just make sure you grab the matte brindle tortoise color for the $135 price point).
Capital Bonnie & Clyde
Designed and made in the USA, the Bonnie and Clyde frame is a Capital original, so you know they're made with care. The acetate tortoise design stands out, and each pair comes with a handmade leather case.
Everyone and their brother rocks the Clubmaster's more ubiquitous brother, the Wayfarer. So set yourself apart with something from Ray-Ban that exudes even more old-school cool.
Steven Allen Newport
A close cousin to the aviator, the navigator frame is another tried-and-true design that can fall flat in the wrong hands. Steven Allen's take on the design is near flawless, with construction from cellulose acetate and titanium in a sharp gold color.
Shwood Francis Titanium
Although they're famous for their completely wooden frames, we're partial to Shwood's limited-edition Francis Titanium specs. The temples of these are still hardwood, but the rest is gunmetal titanium for an old world-meets-space age contemporary look.
These were the sunglasses Steve McQueen preferred. That's all the description needed.
Silver Lining Phosphorous
NYC's own Silver Lining produces only the best, and the Phosporous is no exception. The unique frame design, along with the top-level materials, will set you apart in any crowd.
Brett Williams is an editorial assistant at Supercompressor. With all of these great shades, the sun will never be in his eyes this summer.
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