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(Ray Ban, Maui, Persol, Serengetti) vs. $10 street vendors/Exxon sunglasses

post #1 of 70
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I have never paid more than $10 for sunglasses. I mostly buy them from gas stations or street vendors, and they get lost within a year or two. Rinse/repeat. Now, I am wearing decent ties, shellC shoes, Trafalgar belts, slim fit pants and MTM shirts, so I might as well go the distance. Are there "great value" sunglasses (Ebay/knock-off/under $30) for someone who wants the tasteful, conservative, "vintage?", 30/40-something preppy/professional look? .....Not Ed Hardy, Not Jersey Shore, Not 20s loud muffler/tinted, Not gangster / sideways hat, etc... Also, what is a more concise way to convey the above category???
post #2 of 70
Continue buying $10 shades at Walgreens. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Seems like you are making dress overly complicated with the addition of designer shades.
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Originally Posted by clotheshorse69 View Post
Continue buying $10 shades at Walgreens. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Seems like you are making dress overly complicated with the addition of designer shades.
I'm not sure how the puchase of designer shades over-complicates things. A MTM shirt is much more complicated. Anyway how bout Persol: Or RayBan:
post #4 of 70
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Originally Posted by Reevolving View Post
Are there "great value" sunglasses (Ebay/knock-off/under $30)
Please disregard the above as they are more than $30.00. For that price range I'd just stick to the gas station version for $10.00. I don't know if bumping up the price category to $30.00 will give you a whole lot more.
post #5 of 70
You dont want to cheap out on sunglasses if you are using them for form versus function. The cheapos dont offer any UV protection at all. They probably even magnify the UV intensity. Go for anything that is 100% UV protected in a style you like.
post #6 of 70
Actually most cheap sunglasses are just as UV protective as those $300 pairs, according to Consume Report. You're really just paying for design and construction. But if you lose them anyways I'd stick with what's been working.
post #7 of 70
I went through 12-15 sunglasses from Ray ban to Persol, M. Frederiks, Oliver Peoples , etc. I settled on a pair of wayfarers from Target Girl's department. They cost $9.99 have tortoise-acetate frames and fit my narrow face the best.
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Originally Posted by scohrdarkshadow View Post
Actually most cheap sunglasses are just as UV protective as those $300 pairs, according to Consume Report. You're really just paying for design and construction. But if you lose them anyways I'd stick with what's been working.

x2. And definitely don't buy current Ray-Ban, the obnoxious logo-feces they smear all over the product makes them unwearable.
post #9 of 70
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post
You dont want to cheap out on sunglasses if you are using them for form versus function. The cheapos dont offer any UV protection at all. They probably even magnify the UV intensity. Go for anything that is 100% UV protected in a style you like.
This is bullshit, plain and simple. What now passes for legitimate style advice...
post #10 of 70
Just because one buys a cheap pair of sunglasses and it has a little sticker stating UV protection doesn't do it for me. Are they made if China? Don't we constantly hear about lead and other things added in their manufacturing processes.
I have always bought Ray-Ban and now have Serengeti sunglasses, I doubt that I've been through more than 4 or 5 pairs. The quality is just so much better. You only have one set of eyes.
I remember once, a truck passed me on the expressway, and I had my window down. The truck kicked up a rock and it hit me square on the lens of my Ray-Bans, I was wearing at the time.
I hate to think what would have happened if I had a cheap pair of Chinese sunglasses on.
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Originally Posted by jacnyr View Post
Just because one buys a cheap pair of sunglasses and it has a little sticker stating UV protection doesn't do it for me. Are they made if China? Don't we constantly hear about lead and other things added in their manufacturing processes. I have always bought Ray-Ban and now have Serengeti sunglasses, I doubt that I've been through more than 4 or 5 pairs. The quality is just so much better. You only have one set of eyes. I remember once, a truck passed me on the expressway, and I had my window down. The truck kicked up a rock and it hit me square on the lens of my Ray-Bans, I was wearing at the time. I hate to think what would have happened if I had a cheap pair of Chinese sunglasses on.
Actually I've heard a good number of Ray Ban's are made in China. As are a lot of luxury goods. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/23/opinion/23thomas.html
post #12 of 70
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Originally Posted by scohrdarkshadow View Post
Actually I've heard a good number of Ray Ban's are made in China. As are a lot of luxury goods.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/23/opinion/23thomas.html

It's becoming pretty rare to see even luxury goods that aren't made in China nowadays. Sunglasses are one area where a lot of people can get away with cheapies, because the sunglasses will frequently get lost, sat on, or destroyed in some other way.
post #13 of 70
The best sunglasses you can get for that price is probably American Optical. They have some nice aviator designs, and good colors. New they are 50-100 dollars, but you can find them on ebay for around 30 dollars. I just got some American Optical Generals(aviator gold/amber lenses) for 24 bucks off ebay, and they are really nice.
post #14 of 70
Try Big 5 sporting goods. They have some good shades on sale. I once found a pair of serengeti for about $50 there. They had some python sunglasses for $30.
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Originally Posted by Pezzaturra View Post
I went through 12-15 sunglasses from Ray ban to Persol, M. Frederiks, Oliver Peoples , etc. I settled on a pair of wayfarers from Target Girl's department. They cost $9.99 have tortoise-acetate frames and fit my narrow face the best.

Lol.

You can try some of these.

http://www.randolphusa.com/
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