NBA players have been driving to a different kind of rim as eyeglasses soar in popularity with star players seeking to accessorize their suits and sneaks. Even if they don’t need vision correction, many of our off-court style mainstays have incorporated designer specs into their looks. Here are some of basketball’s most familiar frames, plus what they are and where to get a pair of your own.
Russell Westbrook’s Retrosuperfutures
These are the glasses that launched a thousand lensless imitators among the ranks of the NBA. Russell Westbrook’s fire engine-red Retrosuperfutures are of a particular model that is perennially sold-out, but you can easily get your hands on this comparable set from the same designers. The classic rounded square lens shape of Super’s Classic style complements most face shapes. An absence of branding and conspicuous hinges on the black model helps create a minimalist look that’s great for someone just breaking into the eyewear game, although bolder printed and experimental acetate offerings are also available.
Kevin Durant’s Nike Ni7203s
If it’s not painfully obvious, LeBron James wears his glasses without lenses, like many other players. While other eyewear buffs in the NBA’s ranks may be trying the look on to add a bit of scholarly style ahead of potentially nasty media interviews, there’s no mistaking the rebel-meets-poet swagger James is going for by bringing a pair of original Ray-Bans to the table. Grab the same acetate frame in tortoiseshell for an even greater punch of irreverence.
Dwayne Wade’s Edward Beiner 1962s
D-Wade attenuated his eyewear well to the suit he was wearing in this pitch-perfect mashup. The Miami Heat guard’s tight-checked blazer catches the translucent blue rims of his Edward Beiner 1962s, which darken into a subtle tortoiseshell toward bridge and silver hinges. The 50s-inspired, Italian-produced zyl acetate frames were likely bought in the designer’s signature boutique located nearby in south Miami.
Carmelo Anthony’s Retrosuperfuture Andrea Havanas
‘Melo makes a bold statement with this pair of flat-top Andrea Havanas from Retrosuperfuture. Sure, they’re not exactly eyeglasses, but when you’re an NBA player, no one asks why you’re wearing them indoors. And isn’t that a good enough excuse to pull out these bad boys?