Be a Man, Not a Metrosexual! These Manly Glasses Never Go Out of Style.

pair_vintage_shuron_glassesOne of my prime motivations in wearing Shuron glasses frames has always been a desire to look like guys did back in “the old days” – and the era that I idealize happens to be the late 1940’s through the early 1960’s in America. (The term “old days” can mean different things depending on how old you are, but I think we can all agree that the fifties qualifies. And hopefully, you also know that the fifties in the U.S.A. was when coolness was at its apex.) I have a theory that “America” – the lofty, idealistic America – essentially ended and the soul of America died on Nov. 22, 1963 – but that’s a topic for another article (and probably a different website).

What I want to talk about here is the manliness that ruled back then. Men were men…and women were women. This was an accepted truth back then. Any different type of thinking was unknown, unheard of, and would have been incomprehensible to the people of America who lived and thrived in the 1940s, 1950s and the early 1960s. God knows what they would have thought if they could see what has happened to men and women today!

One song that captures just one small inking of the way of thinking is as follows:

A woman is a woman and a man ain’t nothin’ but a male
A woman is a woman and a man ain’t nothin’ but a male
One good thing about him
He knows how to jive an’ wail

[From Jump, Jive, and Wail by Louis Prima]

I read one modern guy’s perception of what’s happened  to America recently. Here’s what he said:

I went to coffee with my dad last week. I had a chai tea latte with soy, he had it black, no cream, no sugar. He didn’t say anything, but he gave me a look that said ‘wow… where did I go wrong with you?’

Other things my dad does:

  • He always pumps gas for my mom, even when he’s not driving.
  • Until very recently, he always wore a tie to work, even though almost no one else at the office does.
  • He only got his haircut at barber shops. Anything above a $12 cut is unacceptable.
  • He thinks personal debt is shameful, and never carries a balance on his credit card if he can help it.
  • He hates going on vacations, and doesn’t get this “find your inner child” thing my generation keeps talking about.

If someone doesn’t see that society hasn’t drastically changed from one in which men were men, and women were women (and social niceties have taken a nosedive), they simply aren’t paying attention. So the obvious question is…what happened to us?

We might not be able to help the rest of society, but as men we can help our own selves – and shed the metrosexuality that society tries to push onto us. We need to embrace manly ways – and this includes manly habits and of course a masculine appearance. The “beta male” is alive and well in America today, and it’s not a pretty sight.

Because of the fact that modern-day USA is now a nation of man-children, you don’t see guys like this anymore:

1950's Guys

Instead, to our shame, guys like this aren’t seen as “weird” in the mainstream:
Beta Male

So, what does all this have to do with glasses? A lot, actually. Vintage eyeglasses, such as the Shurons (and classic Ray-Bans, I might add) project strength and manliness. They feature strong characteristics, metal hinges, bold looks, and they recall to memory the men in classic detective movies and the men who ran the industry of America in the last century. (Compare the thin plastic glasses that are cheaply made and so prevalent today with, for example, the Michael Douglas “Falling Down” glasses. Or any pictures of a g-man from the 1950s. The contrast is very obvious.)

Maybe I’m just old-fashioned. And perhaps I’m making much ado about nothing. But I wouldn’t ever go back to wearing the commonplace, plain vanilla, unisex plastic glasses they sell down at the local shopping mall.

And when a pretty girl at the checkout line says, “I like your glasses” or when the female bartender winks and tells me “I like your style” as she hands me my drink, I know that I not only stand out to them as being different, but I realize they love to see a confident man who wants to look manly. If you have to wear glasses, and if you’re a man, you might as well embrace it. And Shurons will help you do it.


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