May
10
2013
By
of Valet.
Enduring Classic

From $100,
at Oakley

Frogskins

Oakley eyewear debuted in 1984 with a line of sport sunglasses that were quickly adopted by some of the top athletes of the time. A year later, the brand introduced a pair of all-around performance shades called Frogskins with a simple plastic frame and glare-limiting lenses that would eventually come in more than 50 eye-popping shades. Slimmer and sportier than the Ray-Ban Wayfarer with a smart key-hole nose bridge and inimitable color combinations, the glasses catapulted Oakley into the mainstream and onto the faces of everyone from West Coast skaters to East Coast preps.  But by the mid-1990s, the craze had passed and the Frogskins were discontinued. It didn't take long, however, for the glasses to start ringing up big sales on eBay. With demand increasing, Oakley re-released the technicolor shades in 2007 with a few improvements. Today's models use nylon based O-Matter for the frames and the hinges are beveled rather than cylindrical, which improves their flexibility and strength. And while the first generation Frogskins were made in Japan, today's are crafted here in America.

 

$40

The original cost of Frogskins in 1985.

 

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