Like an unspoken tradition whenever summer rolls around, fashion-enthusiasts flock to the mall to purchase a new pair of sunnies. Trust, you can never have too many pairs. From vintage finds to more contemporary styles (we’re looking at you micro sunglasses), you can find your dream pair (or two… or 10) at the best places to shop for sunglasses in Edmonton. Curious to know what the rest of the country has on offer in the shades department? We rounded up our fave shops from Vancouver to St. John’s.
Women with Vision
Find it: 10515 109 St. NW, womenwithvisionopticians.com
The low-down: As the name would suggest, this all-female optical studio started out carrying exclusively women’s eyeglasses and sunglasses, but now stocks a wide range of frames for everyone. It all started when owner Jackie watched her mother and sister go through cancer treatment and decided to celebrate the true strength of women through her specialized business.
Brands: Céline, Claire Goldsmith, David Yurman, Dita, Face A Face, Oliver Goldsmith, Roberto Cavalli and more
The pair we love: How chic are these Dita sunnies? We are *living* for the round shape and unique cut-out metal details—these are not for the fashion faint of heart.
The Observatory Opticians
Find it: 10608 82 Ave. NW, observatoryeyes.com
The low-down: When it comes to shopping for sunglasses at this contemporary shop, not only can you choose between handmade frames from both local and international independent designers, but you can also get them customized, repaired and adjusted for a pair that is uniquely you.
Brands: Barton Perreira, Bevel, Dita, Ongreen, Moscot, Oliver Peoples, Theo Eyewear, Thom Browne and more
The pair we love: Garrett Leight’s Playa for the trendy round shape that is so in right now—plus, the pink crystal and rose gold pair remind us of a Malbec rosé and it doesn’t get any more summer-y than that
Find it: 8882 170 St. NW #2348, West Edmonton Mall, second-specs.com
The low-down: This quaint kiosk located in West Edmonton Mall is an under-the-radar gem when it comes to sunglasses. Stocked with the hottest designer brands and an on-site optical lab, they guarantee you’ll find your dream shades in under 30 minutes, so you can get on with the rest of your shopping.
Brands: Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Lacoste, Nike, Oakley, Ray-Ban and Vogue
The pair we love: Depending on your prescription, style and face shape, Second Specs completely customizes their sunglasses to craft a perfect pair that truly speaks to you.