Aviator sunglasses, or pilot shades, have been a part of summer fashion for about as long as sunglasses themselves. The original Aviator sunglasses from Ray-Ban, with their unmistakable teardrop-shaped lenses and slim wire frames, were always too stylish to stay in the cockpit. Today, surely no other model is as well-known or popular as the Aviator. The model has gained iconic status over the decades and one thing is clear: Aviator sunglasses are here to stay.
The story of the Aviator, from their creation in the 1930s for American fighter pilots to their cult status today, is unique in the fashion industry. Developed by Bausch & Lomb to protect pilots from glare at high altitudes, the first Aviators produced for the public were released in 1937 under the name Ray-Ban. The sunglasses soon became a hit, as customers sought to recreate the legendary look of the heroic fighter pilot, alongside the unbeatable protection from glare offered by the large Aviator lenses. The classic fighter pilot look was even revived in the 1980s by the international hit Top Gun, and a whole new generation were inspired by Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer sporting the iconic Ray-Ban shades.
It was in the 1960s, however, when a new chapter was written in the story of the Aviator, as rock stars like Jim Morrison gave the brand a more alternative, rebellious aura. Worn to avoid eye contact with fans and paparazzi, and giving the wearer an air of cool indifference, the look has become ubiquitous among musicians and other celebrities. Today, Aviator sunglasses are a fashion must-have - a simple design classic like jeans or the t-shirt.
Although these days Aviator sunglasses are more likely to be seen on fashionistas than fighter pilots, the best manufacturers have not forgotten the essential requirements of function and performance which the original Aviator sunglasses were founded on. Anti-glare protection in every direction, 100% protection against UV-rays, ergonomic and robust designs. The selection of Aviator sunglasses from Mister Spex features the very best models, which combine quality with style. With Aviator sunglasses from Carrera, D&G and Polo Ralph Lauren, besides the legendary originals from Ray-Ban, you're sure to find what you're looking for in the Mister Spex online store.
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