In today's fast-paced world, we often find ourselves looking for quick and budget-friendly solutions to our everyday needs. However, when it comes to eyewear, buying cheap glasses might not be the smartest choice. In fact, I'd say it's pretty bad maths. If you can afford to pay more, here's why you should:

1. Durability Matters:

Cheap glasses are often synonymous with poor quality. While they may seem like a steal at first, they are often made from low-quality materials that don't stand the test of time. The frames might bend or break easily, and the lenses can scratch or lose clarity quickly. In the long run, you end up spending more on replacements or repairs, making them a costly choice. A more durable, high quality frame material means they CAN be reglazed when your prescription changes. You don't have to throw them away, and why would you, if you actually love them?

2. Cookie-Cutter Designs:

One of the joys of wearing glasses is the opportunity to express your unique style and personality. Cheap glasses typically offer limited design options, and you're likely to find yourself wearing the same shape frames as countless others. Quality eyewear should be an extension of your personal style, not a one-size-fits-all solution. At Eyestyle Studio I prioritise stocking shapes and styles that are unique in design and shape, because you are unique too.

3. Supporting Small Manufacturers and Designers:

Small manufacturers and independent designers often pour their hearts and souls into creating innovative and high-quality eyewear. By opting for cheap glasses, you're not only missing out on their creative designs but also failing to support these artisans who are passionate about their craft. Your choice can impact their ability to thrive in a competitive market. I've literally seen the impact on countless boutique frame makers in a post-covid, post-Brexit world. Many manufacturers ran to 'the middle', creating eyewear that was more mass-market friendly and less unique in design. The less unique we buy, the less unique are made and so we hit a downward spiral of boring, and shall we say less inspirational, eyewear design.

4. Environmental Impact:

Cheap glasses often contribute to a disposable culture where products are discarded after a short time. Quality glasses, on the other hand, are designed to last longer, reducing waste and being more environmentally responsible.

In essence, buying cheap glasses might seem like a prudent financial decision upfront, but it often results in more expenses, a lack of uniqueness in your eyewear, and a missed opportunity to support small manufacturers and designers. Instead, consider investing in quality eyewear that not only stands the test of time but also adds a touch of individuality to your style while bolstering the eyewear industry's innovators. It's a choice that's not only better for your wallet but for your eyes and the creative minds behind those frames.

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Rebecca Thompson