A great pair of sunglasses does more than just make you look good: They protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. They guard against the wind and sand. And they help you see clearly on days when the sun is working overtime. From retro Ray-Bays to cutting-edge polarized shades with ultra-lightweight frames, here are some of our favorite picks for sunglasses for men.
Designed for those who crave outdoor action, these 100 percent polarized RIVBOS sunglasses were practically designed with Florida in mind. The wraparound frames fit snugly on the face and keep the eyes protected from UV rays, wind and sand.
Who wore these best: Tom Cruise in “Risky Business” or Madonna in “Desperately Seeking Susan?” Truth is these unisex ’80s style glasses look great in any decade.
If wearing these makes you feel like a gold-medal winner, don’t be surprised – Olympic snowboarding star Shaun White worked with Oakley during the creation of these Holbrook sunglasses. As a result, expect superior clarity, optimized peripheral vision and stress-resistant frames – built by and for champions.
Why we love these sunglasses: The metal frames that are lightweight but also built to last. Oh, the classic rectangle design is a huge plus too – both sophisticated enough for social events and practical enough for outdoor Florida adventures. The polarized lenses also block 100 percent of the UVA and UVB rays that harm your eyes.
These KastKing sunglasses just seem to crave an afternoon in the Florida sun. The wraparound design gives the necessary protection for biking, boating and fishing. The lightweight frame and nose and temple pads also will provide needed relief for all 18 holes on the golf course.
Ah yes, the ever-popular aviator sunglasses – if there’s one style of sunglasses that has never gone out of style in Florida it’s this one. From the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo flyboys at Kennedy Space Center to the weekend warriors from Jacksonville to Key West, these feel like a Florida original. The J+S specs have the lightweight frames and polarized lenses we expect in our sunglasses these days.
Reviewers rave about MERRY’S one-piece nose pads and the aluminum-magnesium frames. We love the seven available color options.
Tortoise-shell glasses are truly timeless, so we’re all in on this SOJOS model. Plastic frames with composite lenses keep them lightweight, and the frame design keeps it stylish enough to wear at a sidewalk cafe or a day out on the water.
Worn by the Hollywood elite since Tinseltown first sprung up, these semi-rimless glasses are just as popular in Hollywood, Fla. The UV400 protection coating means 100 percent safety from UVA and UVB rays, making these both practical and pretty.
Our friends at FLYING magazine highly recommend these caravan sunglasses by Ray-Ban, a company that’s been a legend in the business since 1957. Caravans feature a more streamlined geometric design vs. the teardrop design of traditional aviator glasses.
Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.