For the longest time, I’d only wear Ray Ban Aviator shades. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved flying machines. I habitually wore a flight jacket that was given to me by an F-4 pilot at NAS Miramar. (I still have it, too!) So naturally, I’d wear Aviators. I eventually branched out though. I started wearing HGU-4s as well!
In the late-1980s I bought some Ray Ban Wayfarer IIs. I thought they were '60s-retro-funky. They’re in ‘regular rotation’ still. In the mid-'90s I bought a pair of Oakleys similar to the ‘Minute’ model. They’re black with little silver stripes. My sister’s husband didn’t like them because he said they made me look like an alien. Right on. I pretty-much stopped wearing them after I got Oakley OOs about half a decade or so ago. Hideously expensive (maybe the company should be called Soakley?) but I really like them. They’re the ones I wear most. I responded to an ‘offer’ of free sunglasses in an aviation magazine a few years ago, so I have a bunch. Mainly, I thought they’d make decent props in a film. I wouldn’t wear most of them. (Except for one pair, which I wore so often that I sprung the temple. They were my ‘stunt glasses’ anyway – ones I’d wear if I was engaged in an activity that might cause me to lose them.) Of course I have a pair of glasses with eyeball holograms in the lenses.
Currently in rotation are the OOs, the HUG-4s, and the Wayfarers. What do you wear, and why?