For one reason or another, wearing sunglasses in fall & winter has always been a topic of taboo. Some people lament the fact it isn’t really bright outside or associate the look with the stereotypical hurried New Yorker (you know the one, he's arrogantly strolling down the street, clutching a coffee and shouting corporate jargon into his Airpods).

However, the fact of the matter is that wearing sunglasses outside the realms of summer is as much a style power move as it is a functional one.

With the weather forcing us into heavier silhouettes, bracketed by thick knits and woolen coats, the right pair of shades is key to tying together any cold-weather outfit. Plus, as the winter sun is lower it spends more time at eye level, meaning that the UV damage can be worse than in the summer. Protecting your eyes this time of year is just as important.

We must, however, accept that winter-ready shades are fundamentally different. They are a distant relative to summer’s lightweight protectors, not dainty or frail, but bold and expressive. And with established brands like Retrosuperfuture, LOEWE, and Oakley supporting the heavyset movement, who are we to argue with the sunglasses’ place in any wintery wardrobe?

Scroll down below to shop our list of the best winter sunglasses for men.

Etnia 1899

1899

1899

$529

Etnia Barcelona

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Made as a limited, numbered run of 1899 pairs to commemorate the year that FC Barcelona was founded, Etnia's 1899 sunglasses are a serious power move. The Barcelona crest is subtly inlaid in tonal black while 24-carat gold embossing ads impact to the chunky frames.

Marni Rainbow Mountains Sunglasses

Rainbow Mountains Sunglasses

Rainbow Mountains Sunglasses

$330

Marni

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Along with conquering all things mohair, Marni is carving out a lane for itself in eyewear with its oversized silhouettes. The tortoiseshell frame and gold-tone branding works together flawlessly.

Kiko Kostadinov Rune Sunglasses

Rune Sunglasses

Rune Sunglasses

$255

Kiko Kostadinov

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It might be much to say these sunglasses could be considered a work of art but the overall aesthetics are simply gorgeous. Kiko Kostadinov proves once again that its color blocking is on another level.

Oakley Sutro Lite Sunglasses

Sutro Lite

Sutro Lite

$190

Oakley

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Oakley's chokehold on the world of sunglasses extends to every side. The brand is the gold standard in sports eyewear as well as becoming a high-fashion staple in recent years.

Matsuda 10611H Sunglasses

10611H Sunglasses

10611H Sunglasses

$745

Matsuda

Buy at ssense

When discussing the OG's in the eyewear world Matsuda should definitely be on everyone's list. These hand-crafted titanium frames are made and assembled in Japan where the craft is passed down from generation to generation.

Port Tanger Saudade

Saudade

Saudade

$325

Port Tanger

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The Saudade is one of Port Tanger's many graceful and luxury frames. These sleek shades welcomes any facial structure thanks to brand's signature curvy design.

Gentle Monster HBA Antagonist P2 Sunglasses

HBA Antagonist P2 Sunglasses

HBA Antagonist P2 Sunglasses

$282

Gentle Monster

Buy at Slam Jam

Gentle Monster and HBA are a gift to the sunglasses world that keeps on giving. This bright retro frame will be a sight for sore eyes come winter.

Retrosuperfuture x Highsnobiety Not In Paris 4 Teddy Sunglasses

Not In Paris 4 Teddy Sunglasses

Not In Paris 4 Teddy Sunglasses

$215

retrosuperfuture x Highsnobiety

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The distinctive Teddy silhouette gets the Highsnobiety makeover and shows love to one of favorite cities. The green lenses help with visual fatigue and can even be worn in low-light settings.

Dries Van Noten Linda Farrow Edition 75 C6 Sunglasses

Linda Farrow Edition 75 C6 Sunglasses

Linda Farrow Edition 75 C6 Sunglasses

$410

Dries Van Noten

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Seeing how Dries has mastered it pattern making throughout the years a collab with Linda Farrow is the perfect way to exhibit its one of kind aesthetics. Tortoiseshell has never looked this glamorous.

Highsnobiety x Tobias Spichtig Sunglasses

Sunglasses

$450

Highsnobiety x Tobias Spichtig

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Our collaborative sunglasses created with artist Tobias Spichtig's is truly a wearable work of art. If you're one to appreciate limited edition frames these might be for you as it's only limited to eight pairs worldwide.

RHUDE Lightning Sunglasses

Lightning Sunglasses

Lightning Sunglasses

$475

RHUDE

Buy at ssense

While it may be tricky to decide to what color lenses are best, gray is a standard choice that reduces glare or sunny and cloudy days. Rhude's straight-forward design is timeless and will definitely come in handy wherever you're at.

Marni Kea Island Sunglasses

Kea Island Sunglasses

Kea Island Sunglasses

$365

Marni

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Expect to see more pieces from Marni on this list as the brand has been on a tear lately. Its partnership with Retrosuperfuture has given birth to new and unconventional silhouettes like the Kea Island above that expertly blends tortoiseshell with the classic cat-eye frame.

Gucci Aviator Sunglasses

Aviator Sunglasses

Aviator Sunglasses

$435

Gucci

Buy at ssense

Continuing the '70s tip, we move on to Gucci, which makes an impact here with a one-piece visor lens that extends over the bridge of the Aviator silhouette.

Oakley Clifden

Clifden

Clifden

$270

Oakley

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The Clifden might be one of Oakley's less popular models but brings the same energy the iconic eyewear brand embeds in all of its accessories. The unobtainium nose pads and shield blockers increase grip and ensure your eyes remain free from glare.

Han Kjobenhavn Banks Sunglasses

Banks Sunglasses

Banks Sunglasses

$375

Han Kjobenhavn

Buy at ssense

The Copenhagen-based brand is widely renowned for its eyewear due its dedication to high-quality materials. It's rare to find a pair of shades using scratch-free Zeiss lenses that looks this good.

Port Tanger Crepusculo

Crepusculo

Crepusculo

$300

Port Tanger

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Along with making a statement Port Tanger's frame are equipped to tackle the most sunniest days. The green lenses are ideal for reducing glare when it's sunny days but also excel during cloudy days as well.

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