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10 best men's sunglasses to invest in this summer

Squint no more with a pair of finely crafted, stylish sunnies

We looked for shades that didn’t ache your face, that did the job they were designed for and finally that looked the part ( iStock/ The Independent )

Out of all the investments you need to make this summer, purchasing a decent pair of sunglasses is arguably one of the most important.

Not only will they protect you from those dreaded UV rays, but they’ll often complete or even make an entire outfit. The right pair of sunglasses can bring to life what you’re wearing.

Whether you’re sporting a simple plain tee and trouser combination, or maybe you’ve opted for a simple (but comfy) hoodie rig-out, a pair of shades can often be the missing ingredient.

Finding the right pair can be tough though, with hundreds available at the click of a button, all boasting “extra sturdiness” or claim to be the “best and most long-lasting”.

Luckily, we’ve done the testing for you and found some of the best shades on the market right now.

We looked for sunglasses that you wouldn’t have to replace have way through the summer, that didn’t ache your face and temple after a period of time, that did the job they were designed for and provided adequate protection, and finally sunglasses that looked the part.

Luckily, we’ve done the testing for you and found some of the best shades on the market right now. So sit back and relax as you browse through our selection of the best sunglasses available to buy right now (*slips on shades*).

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent.

Out of all the investments you need to make this summer, purchasing a decent pair of sunglasses is arguably one of the most important. Not only will they protect you from those dreaded UV rays, but they’ll often complete or even make an entire outfit. The right pair of sunglasses can bring to life what you’re wearing. Whether you’re sporting a simple plain tee and trouser combination, or maybe you’ve opted for a simple (but comfy) hoodie rig-out, the right pair of shades can often be the missing ingredient.

Finding the right pair of sunglasses can be tough though, with hundreds available at the click of a button, all boasting “extra sturdiness” or claim to be the “best and most long-lasting”. Luckily, we’ve done the testing for you and found some of the best shades on the market right now.

We looked for sunglasses that you wouldn’t have to replace have way through the summer, that didn’t ache your face and temple after a period of time, that did the job they were designed for and provided adequate protection, and finally sunglasses that looked the part. Finding the right pair of sunglasses can be tough though, with hundreds available at the click of a button, all boasting “extra sturdiness” or claim to be the “best and most long-lasting”.

Luckily, we’ve done the testing for you and found some of the best shades on the market right now. So sit back and relax as you browse through our selection of the best sunglasses available to buy right now (*slips on shades*).

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent.

Sun Buddies zinedine in melted butter: £124.71, Sun Buddies

Swedish brand Sun Buddies has a reputation for making high-quality sunglasses, at affordable prices. Its minimalist design, paired with its array of different colourways makes sure it has a pair of shades to suit everyone. Our favourite  –the zinedine in melted butter – is made with an opaque biblio frame and handmade from Italian acetate. Its lenses provide 100 per cent UV protection and the seven bar hinge means they’re sturdy as you like. Bonus: they come in a luxurious sliding box and an orange faux leather case.

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Finlay & Co archer sunglasses in sherbert lemon: £120, Finlay & Co

All of Finlay & Co’s sunglasses are handcrafted in its workshop in the north of Italy using the finest mazzucchelli acetate. The archer model mixes a classic panto shape with a unique angular brow, giving it a versatile shape that sees it suit oval, heart or square-shaped heads. These are well made and won’t break after one wear, and come in a host of different colours, although sherbet lemon is our favourite.

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Hype black core sunglasses: £14.99, Hype

If you’re looking for a more classic frame at a cheaper price, Hype’s black core sunglasses should certainly be considered. Lightweight, sturdy, but still eye-catching with a subtle white speckled pattern, Hype’s reputation of making forward-thinking garments for the modern man should stand these in good stead this summer.

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Quiksilver floatable polarised crusader sunglasses: £115, Quiksilver

Quiksilver’s been around for almost 50 years now, so the fact it makes excellent and durable products shouldn’t come as a surprise. The story’s the same with its crusader sunglasses too: made with the more active lifestyle in mind, they feature a nylon-injected frame (meaning they’ll float on the water if dropped) and shatter-resistant lenses to protect the eyes should anything happen. They’re lightweight, pleasant on the hand and feature some neat orange overlays that bring the design to life.

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Mr Leight roku s round frame sunglasses: £495, Mr Porter

These aren’t just a pair of sunglasses, these Mr Leight roku s sunglasses are an investment. Handmade in Japan using 12-karat white gold and horn frames (we know), this round frame offering is luxurious to say the least. To protect your new pride and joy, they also come with a hard metal case that ensures they’re well-protected when they aren’t being worn.

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Mango rounded sunglasses: £19.99, Mango

A much cheaper option from esteemed clothing store Mango, who bring us its take on the classic rounded frame sunnies. Made from an acetate frame, these come in three colourways with the sand option being our favourite. Lightweight and made for longevity, for this price these have to be considered.

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Silhouette accent shades: £242, Pret A Voir

Born out of the heart of Austria, Silhouette has built a healthy reputation since its birth in 1964. Making sunglasses for both men and women, their products ooze quality and style. One of the brand’s most iconic models is the Accent that’s made using a round acetate frame and feature a matte grey brow finish with dark gunmetal stems too.

 

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Gucci black and gold tone aviators: £265, Mr Porter

Aviators are a much-loved design when it comes to the world of sunglasses, and Gucci’s ultra-blue offering is the best it gets. Handmade in Italy from black and gold-tone metal, the brand’s subtly decorated aviators ooze a retro feel. They’re lightweight, come with a protective case and feature the signature brand’s logo on the arms. One for the more extravagant wearer.

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Ray-Ban clubmaster sunglasses: £135, End Clothing

Think of sunglasses and you’ll often think of Ray-Ban. A stalwart in the sunglasses game, the clubmaster silhouette is one of its most successful. Made with premium acetate and classic lenses, the clubmaster style was originally designed for the military, for both comfort and protection. This not only means they’re one of the best, but they’re made to withhold some turbulence too. The classic tortoiseshell colourway is our favourite.

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River Island gold tone hexagon: £12, River Island

High-end style, for a high street price. These gold tone hexagonal sunglasses from River Island are the epitome of spending less, but looking great. The hexagonal frame means they’ll suit almost any face shape, but give those with a rounder face some more definition. Despite the lower price, they’re 100 per cent protected from UV rays and made from sturdy materials.

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The verdict: Men's sunglasses 

For sunglasses that scream style and that will go hand-in-hand with almost any outfit, Sun Buddies Zinedine in melted butter is our choice for the summer. If you’re looking for a more classic silhouette, then Ray-Ban’s clubmasters are a classic that will never tire.

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