(This page contains affiliate links. OGR may receive compensation if you click a link and make a purchase.)
+ Different looks with 1 pair of glasses
+ 30-Day Return/Exchange
+ Adult and kid glasses
- Ships to US and Canada only
- Doesn't accept insurance
If you like to switch up your look without buying multiple pairs of glasses, Pair Eyewear has the perfect solution. The brand offers glasses and sunglasses with a bunch of top frames in multiple colors and patterns that attach to your base pair. That way, you always have something new to rock without having to spend a fortune. Plus, Pair Eyewear is affordable, so you can keep your look fresh on a budget.
About Pair Eyewear
Pair Eyewear is an NYC-based company originally founded in 2017 to give children a fun and exciting way to wear glasses. Co-founders Nathan Kondamuri and Sophia Edelstein even appeared on Shark Tank in 2020, where they came to national prominence.
As the company grew, it quickly realized that adults also want to have multiple looks with their eyewear and expanded its lineup to include adult frames. Pair Eyewear now sells glasses and sunglasses for men, women, and children.
Pair Eyewear’s philosophy is that glasses should be fun, affordable, and easy to change up. With that in mind, they offer a wide variety of top frames in different colors and patterns that attach to your base pair. That way, you can have multiple looks without having to buy multiple pairs of glasses.
Pair Eyewear is committed to offering high-quality products at an affordable price point. Their glasses start at just $60 and top frames start at $25.
Our Pair Eyewear Review
Shopping Experience – 10/10
Shopping on the Pair Eyewear site is easy and fun. You can filter by gender, color, width, and frame shape to find the perfect pair of glasses or sunglasses for you.
Plus, they have a handy virtual try-on feature so you can see how the glasses look on your face before you buy (we highly recommend this if you’re not sure which frame looks good on you).
With each base, you get a selection of magnetic toppers that perfectly match the frame shape you’ve chosen.
We selected a pair of sunglasses (The Soto) in tortoise, as well as The Galaxy and The Black Sparkle toppers to go with it.
The checkout process is quick and easy, and we found it especially fun (if a bit time-consuming if you’re indecisive) to pick out toppers to go with it. We had no issues with our order and with standard free shipping, it arrived a week and a half later.
It’s pretty much a given these days that you need to offer a virtual try-on feature if you’re selling eyewear online. Pair Eyewear didn’t let us down in this regard, with its easy-to-use, AR-powered virtual try-on feature.
To use it, simply tap the “Virtual Try-On” button from your smartphone (or click it from your laptop) to activate the feature using your webcam.
It’s a “live” try-on so you can turn your head from side to side, giving you a 3D view of how the frame would look on you. And you can even snap a quick pic of yourself to send to others for their opinion.
It’s also helpful to figure out whether you need a wider or narrower fit and a great way to make sure you’re picking the right frame for your face shape.
Lens Options and Quality – 9/10
The standard lens that comes with any Pair Eyewear glasses is a 1.59-index polycarbonate lens. Polycarbonate is a lightweight and shatter-resistant material, with built-in ultraviolet protection so you don’t need UV coatings added separately.
The lenses are also treated with an anti-reflective (AR) coating to reduce glare.
If you order prescription glasses and have a high Rx, Pair Eyewear also offers the option to upgrade to a thinner 1.67-index lens for an additional $59, as well as options to add a blue-light filter for digital screens or light-responsive lenses that darken in sunlight.
All the standard Rx options are available from single-vision, non-prescription readers, to progressive lenses. There isn’t an option for bifocals, though, so you won’t be able to use Pair Eyewear for your reading glasses if you require bifocals.
Our sunglasses came with polarized lenses (included), and are quite decent, providing excellent visual clarity. The only critique we had is that it isn’t quite as dark as we’d like on bright sunny days when you’re directly facing the sun.
Their prescription lenses are well-made too, even if you have a progressive Rx:
If you order optical (clear lens) glasses, you have the option to add sun toppers with tinted lenses to turn your glasses into sunglasses. Lots of people love this feature as it means they don’t have to buy a separate pair of sunglasses.
Though some have experienced sunlight seeping in between the topper and base, creating a glare.
If you’re worried about that, you may want to consider getting light-adjusting lenses instead and just getting lens-free toppers to change up your look.
Frame + Topper Quality – 8.5/10
Pair Eyewear’s frames are all made of acetate (plastic). We were pleasantly surprised with how lightweight they are.
The build is pretty good, with even and clean lines throughout the frame. The Soto frame has spring hinges, allowing the temples to flex outward for a bit of give when putting them on.
The toppers are also made of acetate, and are 2mm thick. Before getting them, we worried they would make the glasses super thick when on. Thankfully, they’re slim enough to not add too much bulk to the front.
Quality-wise, the toppers are thinner and flimsier than the frame, so you’ll want to store them properly when not wearing them.
The top frame attaches to the base with small magnets at the corners and lines up perfectly with the frame. They’re pretty secure for the most part, but you can accidentally knock them off when adjusting them, or if you’re playing with active kids or pets.
In doing our research, we also checked multiple user reviews to see if there were any common issues with the frames. While there were a few people that had issues with the product quality (mostly concerning toppers that wouldn’t stay on or gaps between the frame and topper), it seems like those were more isolated incidents.
Overall, most people who’ve purchased Pair Eyewear frames are happy with the durability and quality of their frames.
Style & Selection – 8.5/10
Pair Eyewear’s style and selection is a bit of a dichotomy – on the one hand, they don’t have a ton of base frames to choose from – as of this review, they have 10 base frames for women, 8 for men, and 5 for kids.
On the other hand, they’ve got nearly endless color and pattern variations, as well as special themes of toppers to choose from, which is obviously their main selling point.
For example, their collections include Classic Colors, Sparkle, Holiday, Harry Potter, Coca-Cola, and even MLB and NBA themes to name a few. Within each collection, there are multiple styles to choose from.
If you want, you could probably change up your top frame everyday of the year with all the choices available!
As mentioned earlier, all their frames are acetate. If you’re looking for metal or mixed-material frames, you won’t find them here.
They also come in one size only. If a frame you like only comes in narrow and you have a broad face, you’re out of luck.
The toppers attach magnetically to the base frames, so you can easily mix and match them to create your own unique style. And since they’re always coming out with new designs, there’s always something new to try.
As for the actual designs, Pair Eyewear definitely skews towards the quirkier and more fun styles. Color, sparkles, and patterns are the name of the game here.
One last thing to note – since Pair Eyewear’s frames are on the smaller side, they might not be suitable for those with larger faces. If you’re unsure about what size would work best for you, their website has a helpful guide that you can use to measure your face and find the right frame size.
Customer Service – 7/10
Customer service is one area that seems to need the most improvement at Pair Eyewear. While we personally didn’t have a need to contact customer service for anything, you’ll find some customers that were unable to get a timely response to resolve a situation or problem when one occurred.
Another thing to be aware of is that it seems to take quite a while for some to receive their orders. In our case, we ordered non-prescription sunglasses with a couple of toppers, and that took a week to even ship.
There are multiple ways to contact the team – there’s online chat, telephone (646) 389-9692, and email [email protected]. You can also contact them on their social channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
As with most things, those who have a poor experience are usually the most vocal, so you’ll find several reviews lamenting the lack of communication and slow shipping times.
On the plus side, there are also a number of positive reviews from happy customers who needed assistance with their order or return and were happy with the response and resolution they received from customer service.
Cost – 9.5/10
Pair Eyewear’s entire mission is to give people the chance to express themselves with their eyewear without breaking the bank. And they definitely deliver on that front.
Their base frames start at just $60, and toppers are only $25-$30 each.
Not only that, single-vision prescription lenses are included in the price of your base frame. Progressive lenses will significantly add to the cost, of course, but that is true anywhere you go.
Other lens upgrades/treatments include:
- 1.67 hi-index (thinner) lens +$59
- Blue-light filter +$49
- Light-responsive lenses +$149
Overall, the pricing is very reasonable, especially considering that most designer frames start at around $200+.
The only potential downside is that since they have all sorts of themed and colorful toppers, you might be tempted to constantly buy new ones to change up your look (which can get a bit pricey if you’re not careful).
They also have a rewards program for various activities including referring friends and following the company on social media. You earn points towards the cost of additional purchases, which helps if you start to really go all out with the top frames.
Pair Eyewear Review Final Thoughts
Pair Eyewear is a great option if you’re looking for an affordable way to express your personality and style with your eyewear. With their magnetic toppers, you can easily mix and match to create your own unique look, and with new designs always being released, there’s always something new to try.
The only potential downside is their customer service, which seems to be a bit hit or miss, and shipping times can be quite long. But overall, they’re a great option if you’re looking for affordable, stylish eyewear that you can change up to match your outfit, mood, or activity.