Ray-Ban is one of the longest-running companies in the world of eyewear.
But, unlike many of their equally long-running rivals, they have consistently produced some of the most iconic styles and looks to ever be released.
This consistency has led to many ranges of Ray-Ban sunglasses serving as the pioneers of further exciting adaptations.
Ray-Ban has been around for ages – around 75 years to be somewhat precise about it.
This translates to many sunglasses being released. There are simply far too many to list and analyse here.
But you, as the eager buyer who’s looking for a perfect pair of Ray-Bans, still deserves to know what is the best pair of Ray-Bans in general and, more importantly, the right fit for you.
Combing through the sheer volume of styles that accompany the various Ray-Ban identities, whether that be the brand’s vintage, modern, or experimental line-ups, can be quite challenging and downright daunting.
Throw in the fact that there are older and newer versions of each style still in circulation and you may just give up and settle for the first pair you come across.
Several variants stand out as Ray-Ban’s most popular. As such, our job of giving you the lowdown on what to look out for, what’s unique, and what is the right match for you is relatively simple.
So, whether this is your first endeavour into the world of totally-cool-yet-functional eyewear, or you’re looking for your next pair of premium sunglasses to complete your wardrobe, this article on Ray-Ban best sellers will leave you with a sense of confidence when making your next purchase.
Top Selling Ray-Ban Sunglasses
The original design of the Wayfarer hasn’t seen all that much change since they were released more than sixty years ago but they have formed a strong backbone of the Ray-Ban brand of today.
The New Wayfarer has been created to capture that iconic shape for a more contemporary audience.
The result is way cooler – the Wayfarer comes equipped with a frame that’s slightly smaller than before with a softer eye shape that adopts to, as opposed to fighting against, your face shape.
The focus on the form may have you concerned about the aforementioned Ray-Ban commitment to functionality.
Fear not, these come with G-15 polarized green lenses which were originally used by the military.
Popping a pair of these on your face endows you with timeless, functional-cool.
A pretty flawless offering from Ray-Ban.
A certain kind of fashion-awareness is needed for someone to sport a pair of these.
Luckily, you will automatically be thought to possess a fashion-forward approach if you’re spotted with the Erika sunglasses on your face.
What I’m implying here is that these are a timeless pick. Simple as that.
Structurally, they have an extremely lightweight nylon frame, metal temples, and rubber fronts that make them a truly all-day pair of sunglasses with nose and ear fatigue kept to an absolute minimum.
Furthermore, they show off a tonal contrast that will assist in accentuating the angular features of your face.
The nose bridge and tone-on-tone temple tips add further personality to an already stylish set of sunglasses while the UV-protective variants add an “all-purpose” tag to Erika’s product description.
Another great offering for those who may want a slightly more unique design.
No Ray-Ban best-sellers list would be complete without this staple addition to every stylish wardrobe – the iconic Aviator.
These sunglasses were originally designed for U.S. Aviators back in 1936.
Protect the eyes from as much light as possible.
The idea was to assist pilots when they were in mid-air combat – the lenses were meant to help the pilots spot the enemy aircraft quicker thereby providing a potentially life-saving advantage.
This eye protection objective is the reason that the design is characterized as being two or three times larger than the size of your eye.
Covering the entire range of the human eye to prevent as much light as possible from any angle was the name of the game here.
Functionally, the utility of these sunglasses doesn’t end with the lenses – they are equipped with thin metal frames, a double or triple bridge and bayonet earpieces that hook behind the ears.
Fast-forward to today and the Aviator sunglasses have retained their reputation as being functionally sound while building a reputation of being a fashion statement.
A classic gold frame, G-15 polarized lenses, and 100% UV protection keep the modern Aviator sunglasses on-par with alternative offerings by rival sunglasses.
The timeless round structure and comfortable temples complement their polished frame.
The Aviator sunglasses are, eighty years later, still a class offering by Ray-Ban that ticks all the right boxes.
Almost all of Ray-Ban’s silhouettes promote an air of importance and class, but few can hold a candle to the Clubmaster.
This classic design has been adopted and adorned by more than a couple of culturally-influential people which has earned them (the sunglasses) the trust of ‘The Alternative’ and ‘The Cool’ around the world.
Aesthetically, the Clubmaster boasts a 1950s-era style, crystal lens treatment, and an acetate frame that blends the attributes of durable, long-lasting plastics, with the weight of thin metal.
The classic half-frame design is immediately recognizable among those who know fashionable eyewear, and with an example like the Clubmaster at your beck and call, you’ll be turning heads wherever you go, regardless of someone’s affinity for transcendental sunglasses.
Ray-Ban Quality Means Eye Longevity
Ray-Ban has produced excellent sunglasses for decades. Naturally, choosing the perfect pair for you is a tough task but the four pairs outlined in this article are a wise point of departure.
Something that applies to all Ray-Ban sunglasses however is their omnipresent frame quality and dedication to eye protection. More on that below.
Quality Frames to Match Quality Lenses
You can find high-quality metal and acetate options in small, standard, or large sizes to get the perfect fit.
A majority of Ray-Ban customers go for the standard size, but if you’re on the fence, you can check out the brand’s size guide.
The high-quality frames, protective lenses, and just-right fit make Ray-Bans (no matter the style) equal parts performance and fashion.
That means they’re just as fit for a leisurely day on the town as an active day on the water, on the beach, or wherever you like to go.
Ray-Bans Protect Your Eyes
For some years, sunglasses have transformed from something meant to enhance eyesight and protect your eyeballs from harsh sun rays into fashion accessories.
The core feature of sunglasses still needs to be respected when you are considering a pair to purchase.
Fortunately, every pair of Ray-Bans delivers on that front – you are getting UV-protection meaning your eyes are being shielded by at least the harshest of the elements.
This being said, the exact level of protection varies among the different types of lenses. Here’s a closer look at the protection offered.
Classic lenses absorb 85% of visible light and block most blue light while providing a “natural vision” because they don’t alter the colours you see around you.
Mirrored lenses reduce glare for visual comfort near snow and water. Colours look clearer and brighter.
Polarized lenses block more than 99% of reflected light around you, eliminate glare, and enhance contrast. Everything looks clearer and brighter.
These are excellent in sporting or outdoor applications.
Fishermen rely on polarized lenses to see past the light reflecting off the surface of a body of water while golfers go about their putting and driving distraction-free when equipped with a pair of polarized sunglasses.
You can also find gradient lenses if that is a style more to your liking.
Where to Buy the Ray-Ban Round Sunglasses in South Africa?
Although Ray-Ban Round sunglasses are available in several brick-and-mortar stores nationwide, there is a special kind of convenience that comes with purchasing a product online.
The good news is that Ray-Ban has online-based authorized resellers that sell authentic Ray-Ban sunglasses in South Africa.
Oculux is an authorized reseller of Ray-Ban, Oakley, Arnette, and Vogue Eyewear online and has made over 11,000 customers happy over the years.
Check out some of the top Ray-Ban sunglasses today!
How Do I Know My Ray-Bans are Genuine?
Naturally, in our often shifty world of counterfeit products, it’s important to know that you are paying for genuine quality. How then can you be guaranteed that the Ray-Bans you are buying are real?
Well, there are several factors you can ensure exist when making sure you have a genuine pair of Ray-Bans:
- Check the contents of the box, they must contain several important components.
- Check the leather-quality of the case
- Check the nose pads of your Ray-Bans
- Check the lenses
What exactly to look for can be found in this article on buying Ray-Bans in South Africa.