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The $95 Steve McQueen Shades

Steve McQueen's Persol 714 could stake claim as the coolest sunglasses ever made, even if he had been a ditch-digger. Though their design falls somewhere between the Aviator and Wayfarer, Persol's key-hole bridge adds a level of uniqueness out of the Ray-Ban matrix. As iconic and gorgeous as they are, there's a good chance that you'll shed some tears if you sit on them, since they usually run around $380 from an authorized dealer. But just as they got their glasses prices down from three digits to two, Warby Parker has something for the money-minded McQueen: the Griffin.

Available in blonde tortoise, black, or black matte, the Griffin sells for exactly a quarter of the iconic original's cost, making it attractive in more ways than just its shapely acetate. And being Warby Parker, it's only $150 to get these with prescription lenses, so you don't have to choose between being blinded by the light or straight up blind (but with style).

The Griffins, however, are not folding sunglasses, which many people loved about the McQueen original. Obviously, if this bothers you, or if you value the Persol history and name as much as the design, by all means, accept no substitutes.

But if you feel like the only way to rock a pair of Persols is to pull a Thomas Crown Affair of your own, the Warbys might not be such a bad idea.


Ethan Wolff-Mann is the Gear editor of Supercompressor. He is not a Bono, and takes off his shades indoors. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.