Over the past few years the market for men’s wooden sunglasses has exploded, and it’s not hard to understand why.
In addition to being significantly cheaper than a typical pair of sunglasses from the major sunglass brands, wood sunglasses also give you a cool, rugged and natural look that feels both stylish and down-to-earth.
Unfortunately, while the sheer quantity of wood frame sunglasses has been exploding at a crazy clip, the quality of these shades varies pretty wildly.
This makes it particularly tricky to shop for men’s wood sunglasses online, because many of the cheaper models look good in pictures, but don’t necessarily offer the high quality craftsmanship or UV protection you’d want from a good pair of shades.
To help you save time, I’ve separated the best from the rest, and rounded up the coolest, most stylish and all around best wood sunglasses for men that provide maximize value for your hard-earned money.
The Best Wood Sunglasses for Men
Breaking Down the Best Mens Wood Sunglasses ↓
From the original to a (pretty damn handsome) homage, The Hamptons model from EyeBuyDirect is a popular choice, and for good reasons:
It combines the timeless and sophisticated cool of Clubmasters with oak, which is one of those types of wood that provides a rugged earthiness.
The result is a pair of wood sunglasses that’s somehow both of-the-moment and a total classic all at the same time.
Another pair that owes its design template to Ray Ban, this classically shaped pair from 4EST (get it?) should satisfy anyone in the market for wood wayfarer sunglasses.
It’s made from maple, available in both black and brown, and also comes with a wooden box that will protect your frames while you travel.
EyeBuyDirect’s Sergi model doesn’t use wood for the full frame. Instead, it combines acetate lens rims with wood arms for a sharp-looking hybrid pair.
In addition to the unique combo of materials, what I like about this pair are the small details that help it stand out:
The keyhole shape on the bridge of the nose and the double dots on the rivet (which is the name for the little symbol that often appears in the corner of glasses frames).
If Tony Stark (RIP, #ILoveYou3000) wore wood sunglasses, this would be the pair he’d choose.
Woodies is one of the more popular bamboo sunglasses brands, but this hybrid model provides a different look:
It combines a metallic frame with wood-lined lenses, and is available in both walnut wood and zebra wood.
You can rest assured that if Stark bequeathed these to Peter Parker, Jake Gyllenhaal would be stealing ’em. (Did I mention that I’m, like, really into the Marvel movies?)
Bamboo is a popular type of wood for wooden shades because it’s the fastest growing plant in the world, making it one of the most affordable and sustainable materials to use.
These light colored bamboo sunglasses from Viable Harvest are another pair made in the traditional Wayfarer shape and give off distinctly laidback summer vibes.
In addition to the natural material, they also come with polarized lenses, so you can join the tree tribe by rocking sustainable bamboo products, and still protect your eyes from UV rays.
This polarized pair from Woodies provides both protection from the sun and a serious pop of color thanks to their bluish green lenses.
Made with zebra wood arms, on this pair the colorful lenses are set within clear acetate, which help both the wooden shades (and you) stand out.
A few of the wood sunglasses on this list look like homages to Wayfarers, but this pair from Eye Love looks pretty damn close to the real deal.
Its black acetate rims are shaped almost exactly like legit Wayfarers, while its dark zebra wood arms give it the earthy look that defines men’s wood sunglasses.
Another pair from Woodies where the lenses really pop, these thick, squared-off aviator style shades from Woodies make an immediate statement thanks to the colored lenses and the imposing black rims.
With these ones you also have some options for the lens color: they’re available in blue, green or “ice blue,” which is what’s shown here.
I firmly believe that the (handsome) devil is in the details, and this pair from Hammockable is all about the details.
In addition to a perfect medium-brown maple wood color, the arms are engraved with a unique pattern you won’t find on other wooden sunglasses, while the rims are layered with a pop of color that adds a fun further distinction.
Plus, this pair offers UV400 protection from harmful UV rays and comes with a microfiber pouch that can be used to keep them clean.
Many of the wood frames on this list were inspired by classic Ray-Ban designs, but this is one of the few pairs of wooden sunglasses actually made by the iconic company itself.
These wood versions of the company’s rounded Clubhouse shades, subs out the usual acetate for a light colored wood, resulting in a hip summer-ready pair of shades that feels very of the moment.
Best Bamboo Sunglasses for Men ↓
Wooden sunglasses (like sunglasses in general) are among the more unisex fashion accessories, but one thing that helps distinguish mens wood sunglasses from pairs made for women is the color.
This pair of light weight bamboo frames from Woodword has a deep mahogany color, giving them a unique look that’s both more masculine and (in my opinion) more sophisticated.
It also comes with a bamboo case that nicely complements the natural wood frame.
And speaking of color, while most men’s wooden sunglasses come in various shades of brown, you don’t automatically have to turn to plastic sunglasses if you’re looking for a little color.
This pair from iShine is made from bamboo, but has been painted in a great shade of medium green.
It still allows you to see the grain of the wood underneath, resulting in a unique style that combines the ruggedness of wood with a fun pop of color.
Easily one of the most sophisticated-looking pairs on this list, these half-rim shades from Woodies are another pair modelled after the famous Ray-Ban Clubmaster.
Different styles of sunglasses give off different vibes, and a pair of wooden sunglasses usually makes the wearer look more casual.
But the dark ebony color used here really elevates these frames, making them perfect to pair with a summer suit.
This pair is a perfect example of how the same inspiration can lead to very different designs.
Also modelled on Clubmasters, these bamboo frame sunglasses from Treehut use a lighter, more traditional bamboo color for the wooden arms, combined with black acetate rims and some killer silver lenses.
The result is a pair of wood frames that’s based on one of the most classic sunglass styles of all time, but feels totally fresh and unique.
This is one of the few “cheat” pairs on this list, meaning that the frame isn’t actually wood at all – it’s a plastic frame that’s designed to look like wood.
While this may not be acceptable to wooden sunglass purists (which, believe it or not, is a category of people that does in fact exist), it does offer a few benefits.
Namely, it combines the flexibility and durability of plastic with the cool earthy look of wood, making for a great pair of shades for anyone who doesn’t mind keeping a secret. (I won’t tell if you don’t.)
If you’re looking for authentic Oakley wood frames you may be out of luck, but the good news is that their popular Holbrook model comes in multiple shades of woodgrain and sports a handsome keyhole nose bridge, making them the perfect pair for anyone who wants a wood(-looking) pair that they can wear while playing sports.
Another pair of cheaters – or to be more specific, three pairs.
These plastic Wayfarer-style shades from Ray Solée look a little less convincing than some of the other cheaters listed above.
But they come in a pack of three, which gives you a variety of colors, and the price for all three is less than most of the individual pairs on this list.
If you’re disappointed that you can’t find authentic Oakley wooden sunglasses, there’s good news:
This pair of glasses from Southernmost Shades looks a lot like the Holbrooks above, but is made from real wood and sports a great dark brown color.
I also like the details on these frames – the arms and inner rims reveal the lighter-colored inner layer of wood, making for a cool contrast that adds an extra stylish touch.
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