I've gotten more than a handful of people (Andre, Benjamin, Eric, Joe and Nikolas) wondering about a good place to get Shuron frames lately. I found a place with seemingly decent prices, but I've not yet used them to see how it good they are.
Not sure, what a Shuron frame is? It's a brand name -- something we don't delve into very often around here.
You've probably seen them in almost any period piece on the 40's or 50's in America (or perhaps in a little show called "Heroes"). They're iconic.
There are many styles (I like the Ronsir Revelation and the Freeway), and even more combinations of lens sizes, bow types and lengths, and materials. These things are more customizable than your next-door neighbor's son's Scion.
Anyway, if you're a tough fit and like a classic look (and have a few more dollars in your flex account that need spending), this might be just the thing for you.
As for this BestBuyEyeglasses place? I like the selection of name brands (for that market) and the prices are decent (again for that market), but one thing that sticks out for me is a $10 charge for UV protection? (NOTE: you're throwing $10 away if you add this on to polycarb lenses which naturally block 100% of UV radiation). I'd love to get some feedback on others who may have already taken the plunge with these guys.
If you're not looking to get standard CR-39 lenses (which are going to set you back $50 with UV protection), you'll do better elsewhere. This might be a decent bet for a frame buy and have someone else make the lenses.
This is a bit out of my comfort area for online glasses. I'm much more likely to spend $40. $85 makes me think a bit more ($67 for the Freeway), but I've not seen anything similar enough to these at any of the shops I'm so familiar with.
I'll do my duty and order a pair, once I figure out the right size to get -- there is a veeeeery fine line between nerdy and dorky -- especially when you're fast approaching 40.
Click here if you want to take a look around.
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- At February 23, 2008 at 12:48 AM andre66 said...
Thanks for the information Ira. I was hoping to find a cheaper version of the zyl model but i guess they are just not out there. I think that is out of the price range i want to pay. I really like the concept of keeping my glass purchases below eighty dollars so i will stick with the vendors reviewed here for frame and lense purchases.
PS-ordered two pair of glasses from Zenni's last week, thirty-six dollars shipped for the pair!
- At February 25, 2008 at 3:57 PM Nikolas Sanow said...
i have always used framesdirect.com when ordering shuron frames. they charge $77.95(free shipping) for freeways without lenses, and about $120 with plastic non UV lenses. cheaper than buying from shuron direct, but...
bestbuyglasses seems like a better deal if you are interested in having lenses made elsewhere. given my current budget and the plans i have for my meager savings, i think i'm going to have to stick to the big five and hope that the frames that i have found that are similar to the style of the freeway will keep me looking awkward and nerdy(or cool and trendy depending on what aesthetic order you ascribe to).
it seems certain affectations will always come with a larger price tag.
thanks for the detective work, though.
- At March 13, 2008 at 10:00 AM Ira said...
We've never been much for talking name brands here and in the same historical pattern of how I started this thing (glassyeyes.com), I'm in the process of dumping my research -- and adding more to a Shuron-themed site at Shurons.com.
Prices, lens strategies, even some history will be the order of the day.
Take a peek if you're interested.
- At March 20, 2008 at 2:23 PM Tim said...
Question about these frames.
I really, really like them, but they're totally unlike my existing frames, and I have no idea what size I'd want to order. How do I figure this out? (My existing frames are similar to the ones Ira is holding in the recent "re-lensed" post.)
- At March 21, 2008 at 12:17 AM Ira said...
I think there are a couple of things to try. First off, even though they're different than your current pair, the frame measurements you currently have, can probably translate to the Shurons. The biggest difference will likely be lens height.
Also, just order the frames, maybe and have them lensed somewhere else. If they're not the right size, they'll be an easy return/replace with a different size.
Take a look at what I've started over at shurons.com. Lens pricing is listed at four separate places.
Good luck. I just got my gray Freeways and they're really nice.
- At July 28, 2009 at 4:47 PM CoreyW said...
The rimless eyeglasses Richard Dreyfuss wears in Jaws are a dead ringer for the Shuron Regis II. I've been looking for Dreyfuss' oversized rimless specs for over a month and finally found them this week.
I'm posting this almost entirely because I imagine that someone else will be in a similar situation. So, while Google was no help to me, I hope it is now. I'm about to buy my first pair, from Shuron direct. I'll report back.