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These $15 sunglasses replaced all my designer pairs — here's why

"They don't stretch out and are surprisingly durable."
Camryn La Sala / TODAY

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After years and years of shelling out money for designer sunglasses, I finally decided they just weren’t worth the price tag. I’d spend upwards of $200 only to have them stretch out after just a few uses or be devastated when they accidentally cracked or got lost.

While I would argue that high-end fashion items can be a great investment, designer sunglasses aren't always one of them. They go in and out of style by the season and don’t always have the best longevity. That being said, just because I lowered my sunglasses budget doesn’t mean that I stopped looking fabulous!

I saw an advertisement on social media for these ZeroUV Retro Oversized Square Sunglasses and was immediately intrigued. They looked just like other high-end brands, and I was surprised to see that they were a fraction of the cost. After owning them for a few months, I'm glad to say that they don’t stretch out (even after wearing them on top of my head for long periods of time) and are surprisingly durable.

ZeroUV Retro Oversized Square Sunglasses

I have a larger oval face, so I always seek out oversized frames since I find them more flattering. The lens width of these is 50 millimeters and the height is 43 millimeters, making for the perfect shape. I originally bought these in black, and I was so impressed that I ordered another pair in a fun tortoise-blue print for when I feel like switching things up.

Whether I'm going for a hike, running errands or spending time at the beach — these sunnies are always with me!

Contributor Camryn La Sala wearing her ZeroUV sunglasses.
"These sunnies are always with me!"Camryn La Sala / TODAY

With an overall 4.4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, it doesn’t seem like I’m the only one loving these surprisingly stylish sunglasses!

"Love these sunglasses!" raved one reviewer. "I was a little skeptical to order. I thought because of the price it wouldn’t be a good quality lens. I was wrong. [It's a] great quality lens [and] very clear to see out of."

Another reviewer also dropped her luxury sunglasses after trying these oversized frames. She even discovered that they also look good on her partner!

"I got myself a pair and haven't reached for my designer pairs at all since! My boyfriend once borrowed these sunglasses from me, and they look great on him, too. So, I got another pair for him. Super happy with the purchase! 100% recommend."

Whether you have trouble keeping track of your sunglasses or simply can't resist a new pair of shades, these are definitely worth adding to your collection.

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This article was originally published on Aug. 5, 2020.