Sunglasses. You can go cheap, wear them until they get lost or broken. You can go expensive, wear them as a fashion statement and cry when you lose them. Or, you can go with something new and different. If you’re looking to stand out this summer, ditch your plastic shades and grab a pair of 4est Shades. They send us their two styles of sunglasses made entirely of wood and we love them.
Coming in just over 50 bucks a pop, 4est shades sunglasses are made of pressed wood. There is no chintzy plastic or paint here. Instead each pair of glasses are hand crafted from wood to give you a unique look and set you apart from the crowd.
4est shades come in two different styles: Cherry and Hazel. The Cherry Pressed glasses are a square framed shade made of up multiple layers of wood. Each layer of wood varies in color, giving you a unique look that you can’t achieve with paint. The mix of brown, white, red, and yellow woods stand out on both the front of the glasses as well as the temples (those are the arms that go to the side of your face and around your ears (trust me, I just googled it)).
The Hazel Wood glasses are more of your conventional glasses. From the shape ,to the color, you are getting something that doesn’t stand out as much, but you are getting that 4est Shades quality. The frame is similar to that of a pair of aviators or wayfairers. Unlike the Cherry Wood glasses, the Hazel Glasses are just one color. Even with the dark wood, you can still see all of the grains of wood.
The Etched Maple glasses are similar to the cherry pressed shades as they are made up a several layers of different types of wood with varying thicknesses. This helps create a unique pair of glasses. Adding a little big of unique flare is the etched on the arms of the glasses. In addition to the 4est Shades logo, there is a tribal type design along the edging. Since these shades are made of maple, they also float! This makes them perfect for the pool, canoe trip, or a tube ride down the river. No more lost glasses!
All three pairs of glasses have brown tinted polarizing lenses. I’ve never really used brown tinted glasses before, but I dug them. They provide protection for your eyes, while still allowing you to see. I really liked the way everything looked through them. However, I did notice that one of the lenses one of the pairs of glasses did not match up perfectly with the frames. This created a small hairline gap between the lens and the actual frame of the glasses. The gap was unnoticeable while wearing them, but was able to see when holding the shades in my hands. Unlike plastic glasses where you can snap lenses in and out, the 4est shades make it a little harder to get lenses in and out.
If you buy a pair of 4est shades, not only are you helping yourself to a cool pair of sunglasses, you are also helping the environment. For every order of 4est shades placed, the company plants two trees. Very awesome. In addition, each pair of glasses comes with a hard bamboo case to keep your shades safe when not in use. They also come with a vinyl pouch to put the shades in while in the bamboo tube, however I wish the pouch was made of a softer material so they could be used as a screen cleaner.
If you’d like to pick up a pair of 4est shades yourself you can pick up the Cherry Wood Shades here, the Hazel Woods Shades here, or the Etched Maple Shades here. You can also learn more about 4est Shades and see their other styles of shades by visiting their website.