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THE EDITORS OF GQMay 5, 2021 2:10 PM

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Killer shades for every style, face shape, and budget.

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The best sunglasses for men are warm-weather game-changers. Every year, you go through the same prolonged rigmarole over which sunglasses to buy, and every year you end up putting off the decision only to scoop a subpar pair in a last-minute panic. Well, not this year. This year, friend, you do it right. Retro-leaning clubmasters, ultra-classic aviators, newfangled wayfarers? You name it, we got it. Which means there’s a pair here sure to fit your face shape (no matter how angular) and satisfy your stylistic preferences (no matter how idiosyncratic). 

Whether you want to play it safe with the big-names—the Ray-Bans and Persols and Oakleys of the world—or swerve hard with small-batch sunnies nobody else will have yet, we’ve got you. No matter your taste, no matter your budget, no matter how often you lose your damn sunglasses in the back of a Lyft, we’ve sifted through all the eyewear on the internet to track down the coolest shades available today. Here are 50 of the best sunglasses for men to help you soak up those rays in style.https://player.cnevids.com/interlude/gq/iframe/?pageURL=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gq.com%2Fstory%2Fbest-sunglasses-for-men&pageType=amp-article&intcid=inline_amp&hasCompanion=0&analyticsUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gq.com%2Fstory%2Fbest-sunglasses-for-men&section=GQ%20Recommends&ampTargeting=%7B%22cnt_copilotid%22%3A%5B%22606f43e7f8a48bfa420dc7c9%22%5D%2C%22cnt_platform%22%3A%5B%22amp%22%5D%2C%22cnt_tags%22%3A%5B%22best-sunglasses-for-men%22%2C%22gq-recommends%22%2C%22ray-ban%22%2C%22sunglasses%22%2C%22article-settings%22%2C%22ContentHeader%22%2C%22variation%22%2C%22TextBelowCenterFullBleed%22%5D%2C%22ctx_page_channel%22%3A%5B%22gq-recommends%22%5D%2C%22ctx_page_slug%22%3A%22best-sunglasses-for-men%22%2C%22ctx_template%22%3A%22amp-article%22%2C%22partner%22%3A%5B%22amp%22%5D%2C%22pos%22%3A%5B%22mid-content%22%5D%2C%22pos_instance%22%3A%5B%221%22%5D%7D#amp=1

The All-Time Classics

Overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available? Start here. These are the failsafe buys that’ll always be in style—today, tomorrow, and ten years from now. 

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Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglassesYou know the movie. You know the scene.
Persol aviator sunglasses (was $321, now 50% off)Insert requisite Steve McQueen reference here.
Celine Homme square-frame acetate sunglassesLike a cortisone shot of homegrown French swagger, courtesy of Hedi Slimane’s impossibly cool Celine.
Oakley Holbrook sunglassesAlways wanted to look like a hotheaded MLB slugger? Now’s your chance.

Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglassesWhen it comes to sheer timelessness, Clubmasters are hard to beat.$150 AT SSENSE

The Upgraded Classics

If you’re the type of guy whose day is ruined when you see someone else wearing the same thing as you, these sunglasses should be right up your alley. Think of the selection here as a sampler platter of perennial crowd-pleasers, now updated with a little added flavor. Raen West sunglassesThese sunglasses from California-based Raen—a bit oversized and blocky—aren’t shy. They also happen to be the star of our latest Best Stuff box, which means you can nab these $150 shades—plus a whole grip of other hand-picked summer essentials—for a mere $50. (You’re welcome.)$50 AT GQCubitts “Hemmingford” sunglassesCome for the old-school silhouette, stay for the new-school shade of tonal brown.$149 AT END.Oliver Peoples “Cary Grant” sunglassesShades that take their cues from the style the North by Northwest actor made iconic.$339 AT END.Retrosuperfuture “Augusto” sunglassesTortoiseshell frames and green lenses: never not a great look.$190 AT SSENSEMoscot “Lemtosh” sunglassesA modern-day masterpiece from an NYC eyewear institution.$310 AT MOSCOT

The Total Swerves

Consider yourself a bona fide eyewear authority? Skip the beginner sunnies and head straight for these advanced-level frames. Kuboraum round marbled-acetate sunglassesBauhaus cool.$351 AT MATCHESFASHIONSun Buddies “Wesley” sunglassesNothing like a hit of slime green to liven up your look.$139 AT END. CLOTHINGMasahiro Maruyam MM-0029 / #3 titanium sunglassesLike a stained glass window for your face.$640 AT SELF EDGEBottega Veneta sunglassesMCU supervillain goggles, but make it fashion.$440 AT BOTTEGA VENETABalenciaga “Neo” sunglassesWe all live in a simulation, anyway. Why not dress like it?$269 AT END. CLOTHING

The Budget Buys

The best part about the treasure trove of sunglasses available right now? You no longer need to spend big to snag a pair that’ll make you look like the star of your own summer blockbuster. Look Optic “Laurel” sunglassesPremium UV protection for less than a C-note.$88 AT VERISHOPWarby Parker “Hatcher” sunglassesThe reigning champ of affordable sunnies returns to claim its crown.$95 AT WARBY PARKERLe Specs Bad Medicine rectangle sunglassesSamuel L. levels of cool.$69 AT NORDSTROMSunski “Yuba” polarized sunglassesSkip the sticker shock and go straight to Sunski.$58 AT NORDSTROMHuckberry cruisers sunglassesKnockaround shades that cost less than it does to get thoroughly sauced on your favorite pinot.$45 AT HUCKBERRY

The Splurge-Worthy Shades

Spending half a grand on sunglasses seems a whole lot more reasonable when said shades are painstakingly crafted from some of the choicest materials on the planet—and look like it. Mr. Leight “Getty S” sunglassesBecause if you’re going to drop some serious coin on sunglasses, it helps if they’re inlaid with a few key hits of 12K gold.$565 AT END.Native Sons “Boris” square-frame acetate sunglassesBlue steel.$495 AT MR PORTERJacques Marie Mage “Walker” tortoiseshell-acetate sunglassesExtremely big “rock legend groggily stumbling out of the club at 6 in the morning” energy.$765 AT MATCHESFASHIONMatsuda aviator titanium sunglassesThe litmus test for guaranteed sunglass success? If Nicholson would wear ’em courtside, you’re good.$650 AT MATCHESFASHIONCutler and Gross 1375 sunglassesPure pap catnip.$510 AT SSENSE

The Technicolor Tints

Bright frames and tinted lenses: the quickest way to gift yourself some serious “Wait, is that dude famous?” energy. Akila Zed sunglassesA refreshing hit of lemon-lime to brighten up your vision.$135 AT END.Retrosuperfuture “Andy Warhol” edition sunset sunglassesGradients aren’t just for the lenses!$310 AT SSENSESun Buddies “Serena” sunglassesRethink the traditional tortoise shell colorway.$139 AT END.Bonnie Clude Plum Plum sunglassesTurns out, lavender can be calming and exciting simultaneously.$128 AT BONNIE CLYDEDoublet Flame sunglassesSepia vision.$520 AT SSENSE

The Geometry Review 

For certified eyewear experts looking to round out (heh) already extensive collections, consider investing in some distinctly-shaped shades. Celine Homme square-frame gold-tone sunglassesThe one obvious exception to “don’t be square.”$420 AT MR PORTERWarby Parker “Corwin” sunglassesMost aviator-style sunglasses sport a teardrop design, but this one from Warby Parker rounds things out a bit.$195 AT WARBY PARKERFlatlist Hanky rectangle sunglassesThe other four-sided shape.$128 $255 AT VERISHOPRay-Ban oval sunglassesIt’s almost a crime if you don’t wear these ’90s-tinged sunglasses with a leather blazer.$176 AT AMAZONSaint Laurent SL 68 sunglassesFor an angular vibe, get into a bold pair of cat eye sunnies like these milky white joints.$365 AT SSENSE

The Sporting Life

Leave it to the tireless churn of the fashion cycle to make the sunglasses you wore warming the bench on your middle school volleyball team look like the coolest thing in the world again. Nike Gale Force sunglassesSpecially engineered to help you get off enormous fits.$89 AT NORDSTROMWestward Leaning Volt 03 sunglassesGo West, young man.$165 AT WESTWARD LEANINGGivenchy rimless aviator metal sunglassesMatthew Williams tricks out a sleek pair of Givenchy shades by stripping ’em down to thier core components.$230 AT MATCHESFASHIONDistrict Vision “Koharu” polycarbonate and titanium sunglassesSpeed racers.$250 AT MR PORTERTifosi Alliant sunglassesLike the wacky protective goggles you threw on before high school shop class, but way sicker.$70 AT REI

The Aviators

Cruise in Top Gun. Pacino in Scarface. Smith in Bad Boys. Join ’em in the Big Lens Brigade. Ray-Ban classic aviator sunglassesThe presidential pick.$161 AT AMAZONRandolph Engineering Concorde classic aviator sunglassesHandcrafted in the USA to the highest-flying standards.$309 AT AMAZONBarton Perreira Aeronaut navigator sunglassesSwitching on incognito mode never looked so good.$400 AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUELexxola “Tommy” sunglassesImbue all your spring outfits with a not-so-subtle dose of louche ’70s decadence.$225 AT LEXXOLACarrera Eyewear gradient aviator sunglassesHuge Adam Driver in House of Gucci vibes.$193 AT NORDSTROM

The Small-Batch Specialists

Are you the kind of music fan who only likes bands that nobody else has heard of yet? These artisanal, under-the-radar eyewear labels are for you.  L.G.R. Raffaello sunglassesShades that might just make you pack it up for good to enjoy a leisurely retirement under the Tuscan sun.$410 AT L.G.R.Yuichi Toyama “F. Gropius” sunglassesGold-tone hardware looks even better when it’s handcrafted in Japan.$625 AT SSENSE817 BLANC LNT square acetate sunglasses80s-inflected retro goodness.$265 AT MATCHESFASHIONGrey Ant “Notizia” sunglassesThe right kind of black gold.$185 AT GREY ANTEyevan 7285 728 sunglassesTinted grey lenses perfect for hiding those telltale Monday-morning eyes.$490 AT SSENSESign up for the newsletter.E-mailSubmit

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