SelectSpecs.com Glasses of the Year Awards – 2013By Chris (SelectSpecs) - December 19, 2013
It's that time of year again, the Christmas holidays are just days away and I haven't even started my shopping yet – Crumbs!!!
But that's not important right now, because we’ve just spent the last week, going over all our favourite glasses and sunglasses from the last year and picked out our choice for “Best of the Best” in a variety of different categories and price points.
We've come up with an impressive selection of prescription glasses and designer sunglasses that meet or exceed an exceptional level of quality, designed to a unique and impressive style that makes them stand out from the crowd, provide outstanding performance or simply offer unbelievable value for money.
We strongly believe that from our selection of award winning frames, you can do no wrong. There is something here for everyone; and anyone would be more than happy with any single one of these frames.
So without further ado, we have some awards to dish out.
Best Budget Frame – £10 or Under
Savannah – P2249
The original Savannah 2249 has been one of our best selling models since forever; demand was so high for our 4 original basic colours that in the Spring of 2013 we introduced some new colours to the 2249 collection bringing the current collection to 8 different colours.
The Havana colour shown here has arguably been the most popular of the bunch with it’s slight transparent effect – the frame can appear to be a slightly different colour in a variety of lighting conditions.
- The 2249 glasses are a great unisex frame
- The Havana colour in particular looks especially good on ladies
- This highly fashionable Wayfarer style frame also works great as a pair of standard sunglasses with tinted lenses or as prescription sunglasses for reading by the pool on your holidays
- The Savannah 2249 offers exceptional value for money and impressive build quality at only £10 including FREE Standard prescription lenses and coatings.
What have you got to lose?
Best Reviewed Frame
Savannah – 6210 – Gunmetal – Semi-Rimless
The Savannah 6210 Semi-Rimless glasses in gunmetal have proved to be one of our most reviewed and highest rated frames by our customers who absolutely love it.
J Hartland reviewed this frame saying: -
“…when the glasses came, we couldn’t believe how great they are, after paying nearly two hundred pounds elsewhere I will be ordering more very soon”.
E Orme said in their review: -
“I got these as a spare pair, but wear them just as much as my originals from the high street”.
- Best selling Semi-Rimless glasses
- Light-weight, stylish and well-made
- Great for any occasion
- Incredible value for money for a semi-rimless frame at only £14.95
Great Value – Best Frame Under £30
Matrix – 815
Price: £26.78 (Normally £29.75)
The Matrix 815 glasses have been a highly popular frame within it’s price range since we added it to our collection earlier this year.
We feel that these prescription glasses have a great style that never goes out of fashion and the black frame with semi-transparent purple colour highlight gives them a unique appeal.
- Excellent build quality with superb value for money at under £30
- The standard black colour option is a great unisex style suitable for both men and women
- The purple colour shown here is an excellent choice for ladies
Best Seller Award – (Sells like hot cakes)
Univo – U26
These Univo glasses have been absolutely flying out the door, our customers just love these frames as shown in this review snippet by one customer: “Good quality frame of a very definite style, picture a history/Latin teacher in the 1930's and you'll be there. I really like them; they're very neat on the face, and a bit different and easily adjustable. Really pleased”.
- Great quality at a great price – Under £30
- Distinctive style – John Lennon or Harry Potter fans will love these
- Small frame size is especially suitable for people with smaller faces
- Easily adjustable and suitable for bifocal or varifocal lenses
Best Frame – Under £70
Solaris – S502
These brand new unisex glasses were only added to our site within the last month but proved to be a big hit at a local fashion show and have been getting lots of attention in our High Street Optical Store in Westgate-on-Sea.
- Inspired by brands such as Oliver Peoples, but at a fraction of the price
- Similar in style to glasses famously worn by Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Depp
- Unique semi-transparent mustard coloured front and tortoiseshell sides – this frame really turns heads
- Excellent build quality
- Ideal for bifocal or varifocal lenses
- This frame would look great with tinted sunglass lenses or as prescription sunglasses
- We anticipate this to be a best seller as we go into 2014
SelectSpecs.com Men's Designer Glasses of the Year 2013
Burberry – BE2150
As soon as we saw these new Burberry frames come into the building we knew there was something special about them, they really grabbed our attention.
We especially like the shape and style of the frame with the tortoiseshell colour temples and gold trim.
Any man that has even the remotest interest in looking good this Winter should definitely consider picking up these fashionable frames.
- Iconic British Designer Brand
- Square, thick-rimmed frames that are very much “In Style” this year, especially during the Winter 2013-2014 season
- Superb build quality as you would expect from a designer brand such as Burberry
- Great quality hinges
- Perfect for bifocal or varifocal lenses
- They look way more expensive than they actually are – making them a great choice for anyone looking for designer glasses
SelectSpecs.com Ladies Designer Glasses of the Year 2013
Burberry – BE2151
Just like the Burberry BE2150 Men’s glasses above, this BE2151 Ladies frame jumped out for almost the exact same reasons, but was clearly designed for the fashion conscience woman.
This has all the same qualities and strengths as the men’s frame but a style that is uniquely feminine. Quite honestly, there is nothing we don’t like about this frame.
- Famously British Designer Brand
- Fashionable thick-rimmed glasses are all the rage right now
- Perfect for the Winter 2013-2014 Season
- Stunning build quality with durable hinges
- Suitable for bifocal or varifocal lenses
- Gives the impression of being more expensive than they really are
SelectSpecs.com Designer Sunglasses of the Year 2013
Persol PO0714SM – Steve McQueen Special Edition Folding Sunglasses
These exclusive Special Edition Sunglasses by Persol are modeled after the blue-lensed pair made famous by the legendary actor Steve McQueen.
The folding design allows these sunglasses to be stored in the smallest of spaces in your pocket or car.
Supplied with an elegant leather case with the “Steve McQueen” branding embossed on the front, these sunglasses just feel extra special and ooze quality… I want some – I wonder if I would look as cool as the man himself?
- Special Edition Steve McQueen branding
- The blue lens option looks really cool
- Folding design and small leather case works perfectly
- Durable design, built to the highest quality as you would expect from a premium designer brand like Persol
- A great mix of retro and modern design and style that never goes out of fashion
SelectSpecs.com Technical Prescription Glasses Award 2013
Oakley Crosslink Switch
Last year we gave our Glasses of the Year Award to the Oakley Crosslink with it’s interchangeable arms. We were impressed with its sporty design and general innovation. At the time we said that we couldn’t wait to see what Oakley came up with next, so it was almost no surprise when they did it again and produced a frame good enough for our Technical Glasses Award this year.
The Oakley Crosslink Switch obviously takes it’s inspiration from the original Crosslink, but instead of interchangeable arms, actually features an interchangeable lens system.
This allows the wearer to easily swap the lenses as they please, so you can wear them as standard single vision glasses one moment, then swap the lenses to reading glasses or sunglasses the next.
The combination of lenses is entirely up to you*
- Innovative design
- Great functionality and highly versatile
- Easy to change the lenses in seconds
- Great for any occasion including the office/school, playing sports or going to the gym
- They look really cool
*This frame can be glazed with 2 sets of lenses if required. If you require the second set of lenses glazed there will be an additional charge as they will need to be ordered using our reglaze service at the same time. Be sure to let us know your requirements and follow the instructions on the product page when ordering this frame.
SelectSpecs.com Technical Sunglasses Award 2013
Maui Jim – Ho’okipa Readers
Any Maui Jim Sunglasses have got a “WOW” factor to them; just try them on for yourself and you will see. Every customer that comes into our store and puts them on is blown away by the vision and colours offered by Maui Jim’s stunning polarized lenses. The one thing every person says when they put them on is “WOW”.
But these Maui Jim Ho’okipa Readers have got a little something extra about them thanks to their integrated bifocal reading section at the bottom of the lens.
When wearing the glasses normally, the bifocal section is tucked away at the bottom of the lens – you don’t even know it’s there. But when you want to read a book by the pool on holiday and need your reading glasses, it’s not a problem as you just glance down and everything is magnified for you. Absolutely brilliant.
- Maui Jim’s polarized lenses have the WOW factor and offer some awesome lens colours
- The reading bifocal section of lens is there when you need it, but not even noticeable when you don’t
- Other people can’t tell you are wearing bifocal lenses
- Incredibly light-weight sporty design – you can’t even feel them on your face they are so comfortable
- Highly durable thanks to strong flexible arms that bend if you have a hard time looking after your sunglasses
Congratulations to all our winners, it’s been another fantastic year in eyewear innovation and design. We can’t wait to see how it will be topped in 2014.
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