Your New Favorite $12 Sunglasses

Your New Favorite $12 Sunglasses
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Your New $12 Favorite Sunglasses - Review

Tell me if one of these describes you:

  1. You lose or break every pair of sunglasses you buy
  2. You have a nice pair of sunglasses, but every time you need them – in the car, getting out of the office for an afternoon coffee – you never have them on you
  3. The idea of spending $200 on sunglasses makes you do the dismissive heavy nasal snort

If you're like me, then you're a little bit of all of them. I like sunglasses. Especially in the warmer months, the shades you choose can have a defining influence on your outfit as a whole. Wrap-around Oakley's with your suit at a summer wedding? Like wearing socks with sandals…with cargo shorts…and Guy Fieri hair. But who has the money to buy nice sunglasses only to lose or break, and which you'll never have on you when you need them?

That's why I love finding a killer pair of cheap shades. Look great, no budget guilt, and zero care given if they're lost. And, you can use them as an extra pair to stash in your car or your bag.

Our pick is the AJ Morgan Castro Round that we discovered on Amazon that rings up for only $12.57 with free one day Prime shipping. With plastic frames and temples and a bridge made of metal, these affordable sunglasses offer some serious style reminiscent of the Persol Calligrapher PO3165S ($165) and the Ray-Ban RB4274 ($175).

Want a style that's more like the Wayfarer? Check out our review of the $7 polarized(!) tortoiseshell by Gamma Ray.

Pick up the AJ Morgan Castro Round on Amazon for $12

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • Justin Rogers

    After reading your last review of cheap sunglasses, I decided to grab a pair and honestly I have never gotten more compliments on my sunglasses than with my pair of $7 sunglasses (and I used to own a pair of Oakleys). These look like another great look to add to the repertoire. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • Andrew

      Nice!!! Glad they worked out for you 🙂

  • Gino

    Picked up a pair in less than 5 min after reading. Thanks Andrew! Killer deal for some great throw-aways that look just like my Tortoise Shell Ray-Bans

    • Andrew

      You’re very welcome!!

  • Rob Gates

    I’ve had these for about a year and they are my go to sunglasses and have held up very well! Great suggestion.

  • Ron

    Thanks for the suggestion. I just bought 2 pair!

    • Andrew

      Awesome! Hope you like ’em ! 🙂

  • Jack

    Nice suggestion Andrew, I break more glasses than anyone..
    My favorite pairs are actually from they do great tortoiseshell rounds too, in a bunch of colors as well. Check them out 🙂

    • Andrew

      Will do, thank you!

  • Michael Lefkowitz

    Would’ve been all about it if they were polarized

    • Andrew

      You know, I have 2 pair of polarized I hate the way it messes with digital screens.

  • Derek Thomas

    Not going to lie, I placed my order before I even finished reading the entire article!
    Anxiously awaiting to get them tomorrow!

    • Andrew

      haha! That’s awesome Derek!

  • James Thomson-Sakhrani

    Stuff like this definitely makes me think about LASIK. Great look and what a price! Good find folks.

  • Zac Silk

    I’ll have to give these a try. I’ve got a few pairs of Ray Bans, but I never want to take them to the beach. So I’ll have to invest in these as I can get them in the U.K. They look awesome too.

  • Caesar Merlin

    best recommendation for prescription sunglasses?

  • Jesse

    Andrew, great post. I’ve gone through a couple pairs of these exact glasses and just wanted to let everyone know that the screws in the temples can loosen and fall out pretty easily. If you have an eyeglass repair kit, keep it close by so that you can keep the screws tightened if they start to feel loose. The good news is that they’re cheap enough to replace if they do fall apart on you.