It’s beginning to feel like… spring? After a summer that was toilet for all sorts of reasons (a pandemic being the biggest), sunshine is especially welcomed with open arms and squinted eyes for 2022. But you shouldn’t suffer the latter; not with some of the best men’s sunglasses, anyway.
Because proper sunglasses – by which we mean durable, protective handsome frames with full UV screening (very important that bit) – are the best sort of shields for your blinkers. And paying a little more will pay off. The best men’s sunglasses are sturdier, more robust and actually do the job you hired them for. Which is providing some much-needed shade for your eyes.
Before you dive right in and grab a pair of oversized Raoul Dukes, know that there are a few clauses at play. One: sunglasses have to actually suit you. Different shapes suit different heads. And clause two: a degree of confidence is key to pulling them off. Other than that, go forward and get excited: sunglasses weather is finally upon us.1Jacque Marie Mage
Jacque Marie Mage is the cult sunglasses brand of the moment. Why? Because it makes retro futurist frames (like these, which are apparently inspired by Dennis Hopper) that sit in between mad and wearable.
Clubmasters are an out and out classic. We’ll be taking no further questions on the matter.
British design but distinctly Hollywood, Cubitts’ Amwell sunglasses have a whiff of Buddy Holly, yet are still muted enough to work in Blighty.
The words ‘don’t look at me’ are etched to the side of Bonnie Clyde’s Show and Tell sunglasses. Which is ironic, because they’re as Nineties as they are Space: 1999, thus giving everyone a pretty good thing to look at.
Stockholm-based label Chimi is still in its infancy after being founded in 2016. But its frames – like the Mühlrad – feel like modern updates of old Hollywood icons. Which are always cool, by the way.
You’ve been sleeping on Le Specs this whole time. French (so you know that they know what they’re doing), and hugely affordable, it’s an example of a brand cutting on cost while still packing a level of design and quality that stands toe-to-toe with the greats.
As part of the Esquire Edit, we teamed up with Kirk Originals to release a wear-everywhere, classic pair of Kirvens. So good we put our name on it.
Now here’s a pair of Ray-Bans you haven’t seen before! The Meteor, a geometric spin of the classic Wayfarer, is perfect if you want something a little different (and is great for adding angles to a softer, rounder face).
There’s something inherently reassuring about thick, chunky acetate lenses. They’re durable, for a start, but they also make for much retro LA appeal. Akila’s Apollo sunglasses have lots of that.
Jimmy Fairly makes sunglasses that seem familiar and yet different all at once. That’s because there are tried and tested shapes – Wayfarers, Clubmasters et al – that’ve undergone some sort of rejig. And the latest classic on the operating table? These geometric, razor sharp shades.
A London brand that’s well versed in the trials and tribulations of London weather, Taylor Morris builds men’s sunglasses that work year round. So they’re classic, hard-wearing and not at all out of place for overcast-sunshine-overcast whiplash.
Milan, but make it 2078, or so says Salvatore Ferragamo. The Italian marque has successfully launched a classic style into the future without leaching its sunglasses of the very sexy, very expressive signature for which the designer is best known. And they look pretty great.
Culled from esquire.com by Esquire Editors