It's a hard job to get the many thousands of hot new sunglasses around right now, down to a final perfect ten, but I've done a lot of research so you don't have to.
I have taken many factors into account such as offering a range of different looks that can be used in different situations, a good spread of prices, and hopefully enough options to keep the girls and the boys happy.
Ray Ban Aviators
So we'll start with some retro cool to keep both sexes happy with the classic Ray Ban Aviators. Yes, they are very 80s and yes Tom Cruise was a lot cooler then but this is a style that will always be popular.Credit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/top-rated/apparel/2474995011
1980s fashion is firmly back in favor, and of course with the Ray Ban tag you know that you are getting a quality product. They are actually a pretty versatile look too, coming in different sizes and colors and varying greatly in price from around 85 dollars to as much as 240.
Spy Optics Tron Sunglasses
Credit: http://www.altrec.com/spy-optics/tron-sunglassesSo the Aviators are a little too understated for you are they? Well why not indulge your outrageous side with this pair of Tron sunglasses from Spy Optics.
Don't let those striking looks fool you though, as there is plenty of substance here as well as style. The lenses make sure your eyes are covered from all angles, and depending on the color way you choose they can be suitable for either males or females. They are also a great option when cycling -- see practical too!
Smith Maverick Sunglasses
Credit: http://www.altrec.com/smith/maverick-sunglassesSmith Mavericks are rockstar all the way and have a unisex styling so really it's only the choice of frame color that would distinguish them as being either a male or female choice. They are available in different frame colors and different lens colors so there should be something to suit most of us.Credit: http://www.altrec.com/smith/maverick-sunglasses
They don't quite have a rockstar price tag, but they are a little more expensive than most of the others we've listed here at around 200 dollars.
The great thing about them though is obviously they are a tremendous build quality and with such a timeless style you can get away with wearing these for years to come.
Tifosi Women's Slip Shield Sunglasses
Credit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Y5W2BY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=medialunchbox-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002Y5W2BYDespite being labeled as "women's" sunglasses I think they would only be suitable for a woman when partaking in sport rather than strutting their stuff on the beach. But obviously it depends on your personal style, which is what makes this pair such a great choice.
They have a beautiful, elegant look to the frames, but the lenses have a sporty look. These cool sunglasses are easily adjustable and really comfortable to wear. This particular model of Tifosi sunglasses are a huge favorite with cyclists too.
Available from Amazon for between 40-77 dollars depending on your color choice.
Oakley Fuel Cell Sunglasses
Obviously Oakley is synonymous with quality and these Fuel Cell sunglasses are one of my favorite styles of the moment. What's not to love!Credit: http://www.framesdirect.com/framesfp/Oakley-tdpcre/lb.html
They have a great wraparound style to make sure your peepers are protected, but they don't look over the top fashionable. The arms have some superb detailing that keep them cutting edge, but not too much.
The fit is superb, and the clarity of vision with these lenses is amazing.
The style is definitely unisex and the frame material is eco-friendly, so it ticks all the boxes.
Ray Ban Original Wayfarer's
The ultimate in unisex sunglasses, and the second of our retro entries, is the classic styling of the RayBan Wayfarer. Basically, what's not to love?
Of course the Wayfarer's have come a long way since their hay day in the eighties so you have a whole slew of color ways to choose from in 2012 so they definitely can be made more to your tastes if you don't fancy the classic black look. Consequently the price can vary from 70 dollars to over 200 depending on your choice.
Take a look over at Amazon for the choice and price options.
D&G Polarized DD3065
Fancy some top designer style with the latest in polarized lens technology? Well this pair of D&Gs are actually not as expensive as you might think at around 190 dollars, which isn't exactly a bargain but the styling ensures that these will be still be fashionable in five years time. Credit: http://www.sunglasshut.com/us/59165
Polarized lenses don't just cut out the sun's rays but they reduce glare too, so whether you are fishing, surfing, on a cruise, or just lazing by the pool, the glare from that water will not be a problem. This hot tech also ensures that your clarity of vision is improved too - in other words everything isn't just blanked out, you can still see the golf ball on the course with ease for example.
D&G do offer other styles with polarized lenses that are less expensive, so it's worth checking their range out.
Oakley Jupiter Squared
They too feature the new polarizing tech for lenses, but have style in spades. You have a choice of seven frames, and seven lenses, so that's a lot of different combinations open to you to keep your personal style in check. They are a new style for 2012 but contain a lot of classic elements that will keep in fashion for a long time to come.
VonZipper Kickstand Sunglasses
Credit: http://www.altrec.com/vonzipper/kickstand-sunglasses-47370I love these sunglasses because they have such a unique look - if you want a pair of sunnies that are different from your friends but that don't have an 'in your face' look then this is the one for you. They look really different with a tortoise frame and bronze lenses so are great for a bit of a contrast to the usual black and metallic options.
They are a great unisex choice too; keep them away from your other half.
The best part though, is that although you get designer looks and a great build quality, they will only set you back around 90 dollars, which is a great price for this standard.
JiMarti XS Sport Wrap TR90 Unbreakable Sunglasses
These sporty JiMarti sunglasses are just the pair for covering a whole lot of situations with one pair of sunglasses. They're great when chilling on the beach but stay put when cycling, fishing, running, or whatever activity you care to do. The best part? They are super value costing only around 20 dollars.Credit: http://www.amazon.com/Sport-Sunglasses-Unbreakable-Protection-Cycling/dp/B00162MUHM/ref=zg_tr_2474995011_17
They are "unbreakable" and have a classic shape that suits any kind of face shape whether male or female. Of course there are a whole heap of colors to choose from too.
They are supremely comfortable, which is amazing for the price, and offer a great all round protection for your eyes.
A really great value choice that will keep anyone happy.
So that's our top ten sunglasses for men and women covered - what's your favorite? If you think we've missed one then drop us a comment below. Remember though, to choose one that suits you and not your partner or you'll end up squinting against the sun's ray again!