The 24 Best Sunglasses Brands to Wear Every Damn Day

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Sunglasses: A huge industry marked by behemoth licensing deals, a constant stream of brand collaborations, and a lot of ad dollars being spent seasonally. In the luxury sector especially, eyewear is one of the cash crows, generating sales that often exceed ready-to-wear, shoes, and bags. Why? Because sunglasses cost less than the other categories, but they impart the same cachet nonetheless. They are a great entryway into the world of the brand. And because they rest on the most visible part of your body, they are able to convey status instantly. Not to mention—they look fuckin' cool, and protect your eyes, too.

You don't even have to get that crazy with sunglasses to find a reliable pair that works for you. Sure, some designers make avant garde frames that'll have passersby doing a double take, but some retailers make timeless, classy frames that you can wear for years to come.

So, if you want to know where your trust should lie, take a look at the list of names—from direct-to-consumer retailers to independent eyewear labels to premier fashion brands—that are worth your hard-earned dollar.

Warby Parker

The DTC darling and envy of investors the world over earned its reputation as the gold standard for digital disruptors by not skimping on the details when it comes to its shades.

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Randolph Engineering

One of the few big brands doing sunglasses in the U.S. of A., Randolph produces its signature aviators—built to military specifications, so you know they're tough as nails—in Massachusetts using a process that takes a whopping 200 steps. Oh, also, the president wears 'em. So that's a decent endorsement.

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Huckberry

OK, so, Huckberry might not be a pure-play sunglasses brand—not by any stretch—but when a company is offering up timelessly styled shades with polarized lenses for a scant $35, you pay attention.

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Raen

Raen may not have the long history of some of the other brands on this list—it started in 2008—but the brand still delivers timeless style in spades. Inspired by surf culture, the California-based company offers up handmade sunglasses that cost a lot less than you'd expect.

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Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban is the first and last name when it comes to sunglasses, with the catalog of now-signature styles to back it up. If Wayfarers were good enough for Tom Cruise in Risky Business, they're sure as hell good enough for you now.

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Persol

Persol is the ultimate in Italian luxury sunglasses. The brand was a personal favorite of Steve McQueen's ever since the King of Cool showed up to the set of The Thomas Crown Affair rocking a pair of the brand's 714 shades (a style that now bears his name).

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Tom Ford

Very few bona fide fashion brands have managed to become as solid a resource for sunglasses as Tom Ford. It helps that the designer himself is rarely seen without a pair these days, and that he is his brand's own best ambassador.

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Carrera

Carrera has been making its signature racing-inspired sunglasses since the '50s, and a few decades later it received the ultimate stamp of approval: acquisition by Safilo, one of the biggest names in the business.

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Illesteva

Illesteva runs a small but mighty operation in SoHo, New York. Founded in 2010 by Daniel Silberman, the brand has roughly 50 employees in total, all of whom are committed to offering exceptional frames and lenses that don't break the bank. And if that doesn't convince you, know that Bey and Daniel Craig are fans.

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Oakley

Oakley's not just about unabashedly bright wraparound shades anymore (though those do offer exactly the right amount of over-the-top oomph for this era of maximalist menswear). The brand's classic styles, like the Frogskins you see here, are starting to look real solid right about now, too.

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Garrett Leight

Garrett Leight comes by the sunglasses trade honestly. The son of Larry Leight, the founder of Oliver Peoples, Garrett launched his own namesake label in 2011 after learning the ropes working for his dad's company, and today makes some of the best sunglasses around.

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Retrosuperfuture

Back to the future is the best way to describe Retrosuperfuture. Founded in the early aughts, the brand made a name for itself by offering acetate sunglasses in a full range of electric colors, all of them cast on frames that nod to the past, but are intrinsically forward-thinking.

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Oliver Peoples

Oliver Peoples' sunglasses make you think of sun-drenched California days and the seemingly endless opportunities of a long summer weekend. Is there any better endorsement than that (besides, perhaps, a particularly memorable American Psycho shoutout)?

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Prada

From nylon bags and to Saffiano leather suitcases to some of the best runway shows in history, Prada always brings the directionality, the elegance, and the timelessness that are the foundations of luxury fashion. The same could be said of its eyewear.

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Salvatore Ferragamo

Ferragamo is a Milanese marque label, releasing styles year after year that, like its parent city, are rich, slightly industrial, and incredibly hot.

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Moscot

Moscot's been in the sunglasses game for a minute now (and by a minute I mean over a century), and the fifth generation of Moscot family members currently work at the company. Any label that inspires that level of loyalty is worth checking out.

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SALT.

This celebrity-loved brand specializes in polarized lenses that offer perfect color-clarity, so you can wear these indoors, outdoors, all day, all night. If you're looking for sunglasses you'll never want (or need) to take off, you've found 'em.

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Chimi

Stockholm-based brand Chimi started as an eyewear company, and has since expanded into chic, minimalist clothes and accessories, but sunglasses will always be at the heart of its success. With sleek, slim styles designed to fuse function and fashion, there's no going wrong here.

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Dita

Dita's handcrafted sunglasses sit at the pinnacle of luxury. With modern and timeless styles, these are well worth the investment.

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Diff

Diff is built on the principle of charity, so all its sunglasses are for a good cause. The brand has donated over 1,400,000 pairs of reading glasses to people in need around the world, and each pair of SoCal designed sunglasses is crafted by hand, so you're getting high-quality frames that do good.

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Off-White

You can always count on the Virgil Abloh-founded Off-White to bring hard-edged industrial design—check out those sharp angles, not to mention the chain-link temple pieces—to the fore.

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Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent, a brand that's pretty much the master and commander of skinny fits under the helm of creative director Anthony Vaccarello, of course offers sunglasses that stays to true to its cool aesthetic.

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Gucci

Big, bold, and (sometimes more than) a little quirky? You can always count on Gucci to deliver the goods.

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Jacques Marie Mage

If you want to get just a little wild with your eyewear while remaining in "actually wearable" territory, Jacques Marie Mage is the name to know. The brand makes its sunglasses in Japan in small batches, laboring over every detail to ensure your pair is an investment that lasts.

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What To Consider

Quality: You know that we won't lead you astray by recommending a pair of sunglasses from a brand that doesn't produce good quality frames, but from the list above, it's no question that some have heartier craftsmanship than others. Brands like Jacques Marie Mage, Ray-Ban, and Moscot, for example, are known for the renowned craftsmanship; if you want a durable, solid pair of frames that will last you years to come rather than just the summer, prioritize quality, even if it means a bump in the price.

Size: Some brands, like Gucci and Oakley, are all about a big, bold frame. Others, like Chimi, keep things small and undersized, true to the '90s. When you find a pair of sunglasses you like, read the sizes before you checkout.

Versatility: Not all sunglasses are made alike. If you want a pair you can wear everywhere, going for something more casual, classic, and understated will be key—this is where plain black or brown sunglasses come in. But if you want a bold, funky pair of sunnies to accessorize a fit with, you can opt for something with a groovy, oversized frame or a tinted lens.

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Why You Can Trust Esquire

We’re not going to say something is great unless it’s actually great. Every product in Esquire’s round-ups is carefully curated by our fashion and e-commerce teams.

When it comes to sunglasses, you can rest assured that we’re hand-selecting the brands that we’ve personally tested, tried, and loved, along with brands that the rest of our stylish colleagues here at Esquire endorse for their own wear. When the sun's out, these are the sunglasses that the Esquire team is wearing.

All of these picks come from years of wearing and trying different things, seeing what we love—and what we don't. No two men are the same, and no two tastes are the same, but this is the right place to start your search.

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