Stepping up to the next level is crucial in life, be it going from training wheels to riding a bike, or from tee ball to baseball, and after people's dads complain, back to studying for that spelling bee. For a shop helping you step up to the next level of glasses, get to Artsee.
Specializing in unique, hand-made, and hard-to-find eyewear designs from Europe and Japan, Artsee's a slick black minimalist shop with dressers in the middle holding over 600 frames, and dark mirrors all around the walls which, via motion detectors, reveal the eyewear inside by gradually becoming transparent (think Michael J. Fox when his mom started dancing with that ginger dude at the Enchantment Under The Sea dance). Looks include titanium-framed Orgreens the Terminator might wear, with the Copenhaggen skyline laser-etched on the temple; a retro aviator hand-made in Italy in thick clear plastic with blue and white inside, by Christian Roth; and a line of milled-by-hand retro styles once worn by famous dudes including Henry Kissinger, Steve McQueen, Warhol, Michael Caine, and Peter Sellers, which you'll totally (Strange)love. You can also take advantage of their bespoke process, where you tell 'em what you like (or bring in an old broken frame to get resurrected), and they do sketches and try different temple placements/face sizes/colorways before sending the concept off to Oliver Goldsmith in England, where your frames are created in high-end plastic, or even buffalo horn or wood -- this kind improves your vision when you touch it.
There's also some totally crazy frames, like a pair that looks like two tennis rackets latched together, another whose Venetian blind-like "lenses" are slivers of surgical steel, and a pair of rock 'n' roll-looking mirrored shades with screaming eagles on the temples and hinges that're screwless -- which may be the case for you too, but who cares: you know how to spell antediluvian!