Made for shade: Where to find sunglasses in Calgary

Practical as they are for keeping the sun’s rays out of your eyes, sunglasses are also fashion accessories. You can purchase cheap and disposable models just about anywhere, but these boutiques carry the sexy, sturdy and UV-blocking sunglasses you need to look good and protect those peepers.

Mountain Equipment Co-Op

1
830-10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A9

Featuring two floors of outdoor sport gear, MEC naturally carries a wide selection of sunglasses practical for outside pursuits from desert to mountaintop. These include infant and kids’ models. MEC stocks dozens of sporty and practical house-brand models as well as glasses by Ray-Ban, Suncloud Sunglasses, Switch Eyewear, Spy+ and more.

The Brass Monocle

2
806 16 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0S9

A high-end eyewear boutique, The Brass Monocle carries sunglasses by the biggest names in fashion as well as plenty by hot independent designers. These include SALT., Dita Eyewear and Thom Browne. The flagship Mount Royal store is located on the 17th Avenue Southwest promenade. Its sister shop is located downtown in The CORE shopping centre.

Eyeclectic Eyewear

3
119-751 3rd Street SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4K8

Featuring five locations citywide including one in Eatons Centre, Eyeclectic Eyewear offers optometry services as well as carrying prescription and non-prescription sunglasses by luxury and sports brands that include seasonal models. The shops’s healthy selection of brand-name sunglasses includes Valentino, Tom Ford Eyewear, Robert La Roche Eyewear, Prada and Face à Face.

Oakley

4
297-6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0K8

One of the biggest names in sunglasses, Oakley carries a seemingly endless array of bestsellers plus the latest, greatest seasonal models as well as jazzy special edition lines. Choose from polarized, sport, Asia-fit, wire-frame and lifestyle sunglass models as well as youth sunglasses. Ask about accessories as well as replacement lenses and parts.

Sunglass Hut

5
64B-100 Anderson Rd SE, Calgary, AB T2V 3V1

All the top designer-brand sunglasses and then some are available at the ubiquitous Sunglass Hut. Select from new and timeless takes on classic styles including polarized models. The shop’s exhaustive and stylish selection features glasses by Armani, Versace, Tom Ford Eyewear, Maui Jim, John Varvatos, Burberry, Coach and many, many Armani.

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