Goggles4U has always been a favorite of mine. Those glasses up above in the banner were the first pair I ordered -- and they sent me happily along this path (don't look for them, they're not available any longer).
Steve and the folks at Goggles4U have given the old site a facelift and I think it's a big improvement. It's much cleaner, allows the frames to spread out a bit and makes it easier to navigate through their collection.
Goggles4U's inventory is different than all of the other sites. They tend to get single frames (or maybe a couple at the most) so if you see something you like, don't hesitate. Additionally, they carry a massive number of unique frames -- making them feel a bit more like a traditional brick and mortar store.
They've beefed up search. It needs a few tweaks, but with the aforementioned inventory, it's a necessity. Take a look:
Everything seems to work pretty well, and I'm thrilled that they've included my most important measurement in the mix -- "Temple". It's a little wonky, but works. If you need a 140mm temple, like me, enter "139". It appears to be a "greater than" search.
I couldn't get the new Virtual Try-on software to upload my photo, and without scaling by PD, I'm not sure it will be of much use. You could do some math and probably do it yourself, but I think it might be best to wait for an upgrade. I find that I don't use these as much as I thought I would. I know my ideal dimensions like some people know their phone numbers.
Coatings are still included in the price and you'll also continue to enjoy the FREE SHIPPING.
I just ordered a couple pair on Monday, so I'm excited for them to arrive.
Nice work guys!
Oh, if you're new to the game or have forgotten what the site used to look like, click the Canadian or French flags at the top of the site for a reminder.
- At February 4, 2009 at 12:52 AM Rakanawe said...
I do like the new layout and the "beefed up" search, but I wish they would allow you to choose between making it a greater-than or less-than search. I have a very narrow bridge/face (have had to resort to getting kids' glasses several times even as an adult) and this would work much better for me! Oh well, at least the search results are generally arranged from smallest to largest according to the parameters you select.
Also, I do like their virtual try-on, and I know its not exact without the pd scaling; but at least with the width measurement compared to frames I currently have I can make a good guess at the scaling to get a good general feel for how the frames might look on me. However, this tool used to let you either change your uploaded picture size or change the frame size, but now you can only change the picture size. The virtual frames take up a large portion of the total width, so I have to blow up my picture so large I can't really get a good look at the overall effect...it's like an extreme close-up and hard to judge how the frames look on me that way.
I have been happy with the glasses I've bought from Goggles4U, though. I've had many compliments on the glasses I bought there for 1/5th the cost I paid for a pair at my local optical shop.
- At February 4, 2009 at 9:02 AM Anonymous said...
Hmm... seems like they've upped the price too. $29.99 rather than $25.99 now.
- At February 19, 2009 at 10:14 AM Anonymous said...
I also wish you can save your searches from day to day; I like to take my time over several days of perusing