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warby parker home try-on (take 3)

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Warby Parker has come out with a bunch of new frames and colors since my last home try-on, so I ordered 5 new pairs to sample. I had much better luck this time around (you may remember I pretty much hated everything last time) and will probably order something from this batch.

With the try-on program, you order 5 pairs of frames free of charge and get to try them out for 5 days before sending them back with a prepaid label. If you find something you like, you simply input your prescription during the order checkout process and Warby Parker will send you a new pair of prescription glasses. Prices are reasonable, materials and production are comparable to anything else on the market, and Warby Parker works with vision care facilities around the globe to help people see better.

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This time around, I ordered (left to right, top to bottom):

Chalmer in Striped Beach, $145.00

I like these, but I don't look very cool in them. And obviously, I want to look cool.

Chamberlain in Crystal, $95.00

Very square. Very crooked on my face.

Newton in Striped Molasses, $95.00

It's amazing how much darker these look against my pale skin compared to the product image. I really like the slight cat eye reference here.

Haskell in Crystal, $95.00

These fade into my face pretty well and the rounded shape is more appealing than the square-ish shape of Chamberlain. These are in the top 2.

June in Moonstone, $95.00

These look more brown in person, but they're really cool. Maybe too cool?

I think I'm going to go with Haskell or June, but I want to do a bit more exploring on the website and see what other color options they have for the frames I tried out.


To read my previous Warby Parker home try-on post, click here

TOMS: taking another look


I was initially put off by TOMS' business model because it seemed that they were really just in it for personal gain; when you pay $40.00+ for shoes that won't last more than a couple seasons, you better hope that people are getting more than one pair of substandard shoes. But I have to give them credit for creating a more ethical, charity-minded business model that has since been copied by dozens of companies.

And they've really improved since the last time I perused the site. They still give shoes, but they've also created jobs that provide a living wage, donate to various charitable organizations, and feature like-minded companies in their marketplace. These improvements make me feel better about backing them.


toms by fracturedradiance featuring TOMS

When TOMS first came on the scene, I was worried that their model was just another advertising angle. But recent changes make it clear that they really do intend to positively and sustainably impact the world - by spreading awareness, creating jobs, providing resources, and building up others. Good for them!

Do you like TOMS? I owned a pair a couple years ago; they were comfortable, but the quality was so-so.
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