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Where to Buy Sunglasses: Nine Stand-Out Boston Shops

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It's the middle of July: Have you lost your sunglasses yet? Even if you've managed to hang on to your lenses—and if so, we salute you—now's the time of year when it feels downright responsible to shop for new ways to protect your eyes from the sun. Below, we've rounded up nine of Boston's best sunglass shops, from an e-commerce–era success story to a boutique so obsessed with history that it has its own eyewear museum.


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1. SEE Eyewear

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1276 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
(773) 296-2919
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This rather hip chain with Boston and Cambridge locations sources unique designs from around the world, trying to keep cost low so that you don't pay an arm and a leg for eyewear. All frames are made exclusively for SEE.

2. Eye Q Optical

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12 Eliot Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-3303
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This locally-run optical boutique has locations on both sides of the Charles—Harvard Square and Jamaica Plain—focused on stylish and affordable frames. Along with signature collections, Eye Q carries German brand Mykita, Bevel, and a vintage inspired line called Relic.

3. Lunette Optic

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121 High Street
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 338-7200
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With spots in both the Financial District and Hingham, Lunette serves up high end eyewear from Chanel, Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Tom Ford, Prada, and Cartier.

4. The Boston Sunglass Company

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100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 800-9383
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There's no denying that Boston loves its labels, and shops like The Boston Sunglass Company (situated at the W Hotel) is serving that demo with status symbol eyewear from Bulgari, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, and Gucci.

5. Warby Parker

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83 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(508) 658-7444
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This hip eyewear brand operates on a Toms model: for every pair you buy, they'll send a pair to someone in need. The showroom boasts a library vibe, the full collection of frames, opticians, and expert staff.

6. Wellesley Optical

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216 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 247-2020
Wellesley Optical has deep roots in the area, with optician Gerald Kindness at the helm and a sophisticated collection of top European and Japanese eyewear brands. An in-house line offers sharp sunglasses, and a dedicated store-in-store boasts vintage Persol, Dior, Dunhill, and Emmanuelle Khanh. Finally, an "Eyewear Museum" offers the chance to look at and learn about eyewear of eras past.

7. South End Eye

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681 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
This female-owned indie boutique mixes it up with fashion specs (Prada, Vera Wang) and more rugged sportswear from the likes of Smith Optic. The store also specializes in prescription polarized lenses.

8. Ball and Buck

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144B Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-1776
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Tucked amid the limited-edition plaid shirts and canvas dopp kits is a capsule collection of unisex frames. The Back Bay Americana store paired up with local institution Randolph Engineering to produce timeless aviators in multiple styles and colors.

9. Vizio Optic

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11 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 739-4141
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This award-winning Brookline Village shop is known for its top notch customer service and selection of sunglasses from Maui Jim, Mosley Tribes, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Robert Marc, and Lafont.

1. SEE Eyewear

1276 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
This rather hip chain with Boston and Cambridge locations sources unique designs from around the world, trying to keep cost low so that you don't pay an arm and a leg for eyewear. All frames are made exclusively for SEE.
1276 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Eye Q Optical

12 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
This locally-run optical boutique has locations on both sides of the Charles—Harvard Square and Jamaica Plain—focused on stylish and affordable frames. Along with signature collections, Eye Q carries German brand Mykita, Bevel, and a vintage inspired line called Relic.
12 Eliot Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Lunette Optic

121 High Street, Boston, MA 02110
With spots in both the Financial District and Hingham, Lunette serves up high end eyewear from Chanel, Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Tom Ford, Prada, and Cartier.
121 High Street
Boston, MA 02110

4. The Boston Sunglass Company

100 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
There's no denying that Boston loves its labels, and shops like The Boston Sunglass Company (situated at the W Hotel) is serving that demo with status symbol eyewear from Bulgari, Marc Jacobs, Burberry, and Gucci.
100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116

5. Warby Parker

83 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
This hip eyewear brand operates on a Toms model: for every pair you buy, they'll send a pair to someone in need. The showroom boasts a library vibe, the full collection of frames, opticians, and expert staff.
83 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

6. Wellesley Optical

216 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Wellesley Optical has deep roots in the area, with optician Gerald Kindness at the helm and a sophisticated collection of top European and Japanese eyewear brands. An in-house line offers sharp sunglasses, and a dedicated store-in-store boasts vintage Persol, Dior, Dunhill, and Emmanuelle Khanh. Finally, an "Eyewear Museum" offers the chance to look at and learn about eyewear of eras past.
216 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

7. South End Eye

681 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118
This female-owned indie boutique mixes it up with fashion specs (Prada, Vera Wang) and more rugged sportswear from the likes of Smith Optic. The store also specializes in prescription polarized lenses.
681 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118

8. Ball and Buck

144B Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
Tucked amid the limited-edition plaid shirts and canvas dopp kits is a capsule collection of unisex frames. The Back Bay Americana store paired up with local institution Randolph Engineering to produce timeless aviators in multiple styles and colors.
144B Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

9. Vizio Optic

11 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02445
This award-winning Brookline Village shop is known for its top notch customer service and selection of sunglasses from Maui Jim, Mosley Tribes, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Robert Marc, and Lafont.
11 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02445