I've been wearing glasses for a couple of years now. The prescription in all my frames has been slight - I'm just a tiny bit nearsighted - but the little bit of extra fuzziness without correction bothers me, so I keep wearing glasses.
My first two pairs of frames were expensive and from 'designer' brands that you can find in any eyewear store, but I have this problem - maybe you can relate - where I grow tired of how each pair of frames looks on my face after a year or so, and to keep swapping those frames would have been too expensive to keep up. I say would have been because Warby Parker and their frames have solved that quite nicely. They're a brand that sells affordable eyewear directly online or in some select stores, and from what I can tell they've grown in popularity over the past years.
I'd heard of Warby Parker for a little while now in my circle of the web, and so when it came time to research my next set of frames I decided I'd try the brand out. I ended up buying a pair of their Haskell frames - which I've been wearing for a little over 6 months now - and I've decided that I'd like to talk about them a bit.
Before I can even start talking about the frames, it's worth covering the buying experience from the brand - because it's nothing short of stellar.
To start with, Warby has a free try-on program. Wherein you can choose 5 of their frames to have shipped to you to try on in-person. Doing so is free of charge, and let me find out what frames did and didn't "work" on me. This saved me from ordering another pair of similar frames that ended up not looking so good with my face (😜) and instead I was able to choose the pair that I would eventually buy; Haskell.
Once I decided that I liked the frames and wanted to buy them, I was honestly a bit daunted with the getting of my prescription information from my eye-doctor and then having to enter it in correctly online. I'm no optometrist, but thankfully I didn't have to try to be one - the folks at Warby Parker used a contact number for the practice I gave them and were able to get all the information over the phone without my help. Making a phone call in and of itself isn't all that impressive, but I was still really floored that the company would do all that for their customers. And you know, I'm lazy when it comes to this sort of thing - so every little bit helps.
Aside from those two pleasantries, I'll have to admit that I can't remember how Warby Parker's shipping times were. It's been awhile now, but they didn't leave a negative impression on me, and so I'd have to guess that the shipping was adequate for my impatience - if not quicker.
As for the frames themselves, well, I like them quite a lot. Obviously style is subjective - but I'm a big fan of the Haskell's ungarnished, semi-classic design. You can't get much more minimal than a pair of clear plastic frames, and the Haskell fit that bill quite well. The light catches them in striking ways when they sit on my desk, they go well with every outfit of clothing because they're clear, and as the photographs from this piece show - they like to take on the colors of the things around them to interesting effect.
I wouldn't call the build of the Haskell explicitly premium, but they are well made. The plastic is durable, the hinges seem solid, and while there are a few scant scratches on the lenses that one can spot in just the right light, they aren't visible at any other time - including when looking through the glasses to see.
Speaking of which, I've had no issues at all seeing out of the Haskell in my time with them. They come with UV protection and anti-scratch/anti-glare coatings as standard, and while my prescription and years with glasses so far are both small numbers, I can't say that I've noticed any difference between Warby's lenses and the designer pairs that I had before. I can't offer anything more definitive than that, but as far as I'm concerned the Warby's work just great for seeing.
Before I move on from the Haskell, I really do have to reiterate just how much I like how they look. Clear frames may be a trend right now, and I'm alright with that, but they never cease to look gorgeous to me - and I've had a lot of fun taking the odd photograph of them in pretty lighting or backdrops when the desire takes me. For a design & photography guy like me, that's a lot of fun. It's something I appreciate on a daily basis.
In the end, I've been more than happy with the Haskell. Buying them was a pleasure and much easier than I thought it would be, I really like their design, how they look on me, how they've held up over time, and of course how they've helped me see well for these past 6 months. And it's not just me who likes them. In addition to my girlfriend, friends, and family generally approving of the change, I've talked about the Haskell and Warby Parker with countless people at the coffee shop where I work. People ask about them all the time, and I bet that I've helped sell a few pairs by now.
They're not the most well-made glasses ever - fashioned from some space-age material with special inlays - but they're not trying to be. Warby Parker aims to provide attractive, affordable glasses - and at that they certainly succeed.
Almost all of Warby Parker's frames cost $95 without any insurance discounts or anything like that. A couple of the more premium frames will get to the $145 and $195 price points for metal designs and such, but even at those prices I'd still call them a good deal. Warby doesn't sell a single pair of glasses over $200, and you'd be hard pressed to find nice glasses this cheap in any eyewear store. At the end of the day I can't help but recommend the brand.
They've been great, and because of that I wouldn't be surprised if my next frames were from Warby Parker too.