Warby Parker – Part 1

By | August 1, 2015

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Maybe it’s from poor genes.  Maybe it’s from a lack of beta carotene as a child.  Or maybe it’s from the day that I flashed myself in the eyes with that old camera a dozen or so times.  Whatever the case, I need glasses.  Like serious glasses.  Like glasses so thick that my eyes become bulletproof when my glasses are on.

Recent trips to the ophthalmologist (that’s eye doctor to you and me) have been disappointingly unfulfilling.  Sure.  I’ve got some insurance coverage that entitles me to frames and lenses.  I don’t get the fancy, thin polycarbonate lenses upgrade for free.  And rather than choosing from any of the frames that cover the huge wall display, I can make my insurance-covered selection from a dusty spinning display in the corner that is in serious need of WD-40.  In the past, options from the Donald Trump and Randy Jackson collections have been available.

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Now, I’m no fashionisto, but I know better than to trust the style of two notoriously, unstylish gentlemen.  I usually stick to getting contacts only at the doctor as my spectacles age year after year.  I need another option.  You feel me dawg?

When real life disappoints, we turn towards tech.  Macheting through the internet will yield a ton of eyeglasses opportunities.  The ton becomes pretty overwhelming pretty quickly.  Luckily, not long after starting, I stumbled upon Warby Parker.  Think of Warby Parker as the Tom’s Shoes of eyeglasses.  According to their site, one pair of glasses is donated for every purchase.  All things being equal, I’d rather support a company with a good cause.  Let’s see was Warby has in store.

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The selection is large without being smothering.  They seem to specialize in some modern, nerdy frames that vary only slightly from one another.  At first glance, it may seem like all the frames are the same, but they all deviate minorly from the ones before.  There are about 80 men’s frames, and with multiple color options per frame, the options balloon quickly.

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Obviously, buying glasses online is a huge risk.  A risk that can be time-consuming and expensive.  Warby is different from others I have seen, though, in that they offer a 5 day, in-home trial.  This means that they allow you to select 5 variations and ship them to your doorstep.  They come with clear lenses so you can wear them around and try them out for 5 days before sending them back.

Choosing your 5 pack is pretty simple.  Each style offers measurements, a brief description, and multiple photos of a model wearing the frames in multiple angles.  It really does help to key in on the differences between the frames.  You add the frame to your cart for the trial, and off you go.

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No obligation, no fee, no pressure.

Speaking of no pressure, I’m shocked by the lack of a sales push that Warby Parker puts on.  It’s almost disconcerting.  The site has no coupons or incentives to buy.  They have a “take us or leave us” approach that seems so odd in the e-commerce field littered with competition.

After filling up your cart, you wait a few days for frames.  I wonder what Warby has in store for me.

Until then, Consume.Review.Repeat. gives the ordering process of Warby Parker 8.5 out of 10 camera flashes to the iris.

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