I have (at least momentarily) lost the will to decide things on my own. The overwhelming response to the quandary I posed below was in favor of the speaker, so the speaker it is! The decision, insofar as I made it, was a little easier because our current speakers went completely belly-up yesterday, but I do appreciate everyone’s input. I find it hard to cut myself slack, especially when I’m in the midst of serious work, so I especially appreciate the comments of those who encouraged me to spend my credit on something that rates higher on the “enjoyment” than “practicality” scale.
In the spirit of soliciting people’s opinions on purchases, I invite you now to help me choose a pair of glasses. Nuala has destroyed both pairs I got and loved from Zenni Optical. They were cheap (as low as $12 for regular prescriptions, mine were $45 because I’m blind), and if you don’t have a toddler or are klutzy, I would highly recommend them. I can’t keep replacing them, however, and I can’t spend the $300 the optical shop requires to produce a prescription worthy of my nearsightedness. This is where Warby Parker comes in. $95 for a pair of glasses ($125 for me) built like the glasses you get from your ophthalmologist. The selection is heavy on the nerditude, which I enjoy, but the best part is that you can order 5 pairs to try on for free to help you decide. There was a wee delay in shipping because they’re having trouble keeping up with demand, but Wednesday I received my five pairs. Apologies for the less than ideal photo composition and focus–it’s hard to do self-portraits without a tripod and yadda yadda yadda. Here they are:
This style is called “Webb.” From the wearer’s perspective, they’re nice because they minimize the binocular effect you get with dark frames. I’m undecided on their coolness/attractiveness/fit for my style, though.
I like the shape of these (“Zagg”) a lot, but the dark frames with heavy-duty lenses might end up making the lenses look tinted. They come in this color combination that suggests old-fashioned horn-rims, which I theoretically love because they look badass to me. That particular pair was unavailable for home try-on, though, and I’m not sure if I’d actually love them.
These (“Finn”) are good. Nice color, shape is lovely, they look like they’re made for my face. The smaller size of the lens might not work well with my prescription. Also, do I want something a little edgier? I dunno.
This (“Miles”) is the look I think I’m going for: smack-dab between nerdy and badass. I didn’t initially pick these as a favorite, but I think they’re currently in the lead. They also come in the same color as the “Finn” above.
I said I had five pairs, right? I automatically rejected one because the look was somewhere between Harry Potter and Grimsaburger Circa 1988. The line between edgy and ridiculous is sometimes very fine indeed, but they crossed it.
What say you?