uziq wrote:only a few sunglasses brands are worth the extra moolah. they are generally better constructed, more durable, a nicer fit on the bridge/nose, etc. plus actual glass lenses as opposed to plastic.
ray bans are over-rated. but aviators and wayfarers are classic designs. i would actually try and find a similar shape/profile from a better brand, preferably one that isn't just another nametag and SKU for luxottica.
I'm sure you'll recommend some $$$ brand. How you even afford clothes between the 300 pound shoes, 500£ earbuds and design sweaters
i don't really buy 'designer' sweaters. i buy smallish brands that use good materials and western workers (which tends to drive up the price), not the 'fashion brand' stuff where you pay $200 for an acceptably made garment with a logo or name on it. i'm not some 'streetwear' rube who will spend $150 on a supreme tshirt or whatever. i don't buy the 'hypebeast' limited-edition-collab sneakers that cost $500 and make you look like an overgrown prat (like many other people our age, as i'm sure you know).
my point with ray-bans is that they've been acquired by a generic parent company and you're paying extra for the name badge only. the materials, construction, factory, etc, are all basically identical to 'budget' glasses at this point. that's how luxottica works. so am i fool for recommeding bespoke specs, or are you a fool for thinking you're the cool dude, spending 25x the cost for a logo on the arms and 'RB' inscribed in the lower left lens?
and, yes, for things that you want to last, i just buy the quality item the first time around. glasses/sunglasses, shoes, coats, etc. i'd rather have a small but high-quality wardrobe than 10 cheap pieces of shit to choose on any occasion, and which will probably wear out and need to be replaced in 6 months. the shoes i bought can be worn with just about any outfit, smart or casual, at work or out at night. why wouldn't you opt for the well-made, comfortable, durable option?
in the case of eyeglasses or earphones: i wear them all day and whilst i work. why would i choose something cheap? or uncomfortable? or poor quality? even in the case of the £1100 earphones, the cost/hr is fractional when you consider i have them in my ears for 6-8 hours every day. that's a small expense on a very important personal hobby/passion (music). how much did you spend on your fancy home weights again? how much do people spend on golf clubs? or pokèmon cards?!
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