Ray-Ban Original Aviator – $170
Sunglasses all do pretty much the same thing. But the original Ray-Ban aviatorspatented in 1937, started the world’s (and Tom Cruise’s) fascination with a style icon – and they serious history to back them up. These Ray-Bans are timeless; they are not limited to summer use, and the decades have only made them more and more legendary.
The Ray-Ban Aviator hangs between its cousins, the Wayfarer and the Clubmaster.
In 1929, Lieutenant General John MacCready of the Army Air Corps commissioned Bausch & Lomb to create military grade aviation sunglasses. He hoped to combat the nausea and headaches that pilots felt when exposed to the super bright skies and glare of the sun. Airmen as we know them were patented in 1937, sold to the public in 1938 and they still bang today.
Ray-Ban’s new Liteforce Aviators ($185) feature a durable, lightweight frame made of high-tech thermoplastic, which is also used in the aerospace and medical industries.
The characteristic of light shades special convex lenses designed to conform to the contours of the eye socket and cover enough area around the eye to effectively banish most light rays into the pilot’s field of vision. (That’s why the company is called Ray-To forbid.) Lightweight, high-tech and timeless, the Ray-Ban Aviators are perfect in and out of the cockpit.