I am rough on eyeglasses. Four years ago, Johan and I were leaving a Roots concert in LA when a fight broke out in the crowd. Being the foolish inquisitive guy that I am, I leaned in to get a better look. I was struck by a stray right and my brand new glasses flew into a fast moving crowd that trampled them badly. I had them fixed but they were never the same. The Dior Homme frames pictured below were my next pair; they served me well for two years until I was putting on a crewneck last November and was too lazy to take them off first. The leg promptly snapped off.
I went sans eyeglasses for the last four months – I’ve always owned contact lenses, but they’ve been traditionally relegated to basketball/active duty, mostly because I found them to be uncomfortable. I got used to wearing them every day and so when I finally decided to spring for glasses again, I wondered whether I would even want to go back. The lure of being able to wake up and go without shoving contacts into my eyes was too strong, though. Let’s not forget the stylistic motivation either: glasses have been a part of my outfit (for better or worse) the past 20+ years. I had to get another pair, and so the search began. I ended up settling on a pair of Shuron frames, and am quite happy with them so far.
Shuron’s been manufacturing frames in the US for over 100 years, which I like. After contacting them, they sent over a few frames for me to try on… I liked the Freeway the best. While I wish the legs sported spring hinges, the frames only cost me $60 – I’ll deal.