Designed to break the limits
In Oakley eyeglasses, technical innovation meets truly unique design, creating frames that are built for high performance.
The starting point of every pair of Oakley glasses is years of scientific research. Cutting-edge materials are used to create spectacles that are lightweight, hardwearing, and built to last.
Frames are made from materials including C-5 Alloy, a blend of five metal compounds that combine toughness with flexibility, ideal for making lightweight, robust frames, and X-metal, a titanium alloy which is extremely light but with a high strength to weight ratio. For nose pads instead, Unobtanium is used as it increases the ‘tackiness’ as the wearer perspires, so glasses stay put even in hot, sticky conditions.
Design is the difference
It’s not just the technology that sets Oakley apart, it’s also their radical approach to design. Unlike other glasses brands, they work with designers outside of their industry, so as to draw inspiration from the most unlikely of places. Most notably, with automobile designers: that fluid, sculpted look that Oakley is famous for is inspired by the smooth hoods of cars. They were also the first eyewear brand to design with computers - the result being, that almost futuristic style which has become synonymous with the brand.
Where it all began
Oakley’s high-performance glasses have been worn by sportspeople across the world for over 30 years, however, the brand’s beginnings were much more humble. Founder James Jannard was known for his love of innovation: he started out by selling motorbike grips in the mid-70s, using a material unlike any other that was on the market at the time. He then used this approach to remodel ski goggles, then in the mid-80s, sunglasses. It was from this point that the brand changed forever: in 1994 they released the Oakley Eye Jacket, the bold sunglass frame that was elected a street style basic and worn by celebrities like Michael Jordan and Tom Cruise.
Today, Oakley still leverages materials that have been created in-house to design one-of-a-kind optical frames for unstoppable humans. If you’re looking for high-tech glasses with a vibrant feel, look no further.