For much of my life, I bought cheap sunglasses. If they were good enough for ZZ Top, they were good enough for me. But I soon realized that cheap sunglasses were costing me a lot of money.
Because the sunglasses cost just a few bucks, I was careless with them. I lost or broke 2-3 pairs of sunglasses each month, and replaced them with more cheap sunglasses. This cycle repeated itself for several years until I decided to do the math. Buying 2-3 pairs of sunglasses each month at $10-$15 a pop didn’t seem like a great deal anymore. When I factored in the additional costs associated with going to the mall and the extra time I was wasting, these cheap sunglasses became quite expensive.
I decided to spend my money more wisely and invest in a pair of well-made sunglasses that were built to last. My search lead me to Maui Jim. I must admit that I had never heard of this brand until I started researching premium sunglasses. Maui Jim got its start in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on the beach in Lahaina, Hawaii (BTW – I’m a sucker for all things Hawaiian because I fell in love with the state after spending my honeymoon on the Big Island). Seeing a need in the market for technology that could combat intense glare and harmful UV while bringing brilliant colors to life, the company engineered the revolutionary PolarizedPlus® lens. With a dedicated cult-following, Maui Jim is now the fastest growing premium polarized sunglass maker in the world.
After visiting their website, I decided to select the Maui Jim Wanderers. These modified aviators stylishly cover the complete periphery of your eye without dwarfing your face and making you look like a bug-eyed alien. I picked the Matte Espresso frames with the HCL® Bronze lenses because I like my sunglasses to have a warm, subtle tint. These lenses also provide superior glare and UV protection.
When I took them out of the case, I immediately knew that these weren’t a pair of flea market sunglasses. Although they were lightweight, they felt solid in my hand. The Wanderers are comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time. I noticed that the cheap sunglasses would often irritate the bridge of my nose and make my eyes tired if I wore them for too long. I didn’t have these problems with my Wanderers.
I also discovered how durable these sunglasses are. While exiting my vehicle, they slipped out of my hand and landed on the pavement. I cringed and expected the worse when I bent down to retrieve them. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Maui Jim sunglasses survived unscathed.
Try a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses for yourself. They will impress you with their quality, design, and fashion-forward island style. After wearing a pair of the these, you’ll never buy another pair of cheap sunglasses.