When the Wayfarer was first released, Ray-Ban already had a reputation for radical innovation – and the Wayfarer didn't disappoint the tradition. Its trapezoidal frame and sturdy arms are built from a molded plastic (which was revolutionary in its time) that enables it to be stronger, lighter, and bolder all at the same time. And whether it's the Blues Brothers, a young Tom Cruise, Andy Warhol, or any number of other style icons who have worn 'em, there's an undeniable cool factor to the design.
Since the style's inception in 1956, this pair of sunglasses has only changed two ways: a slightly smaller frame, and a slightly softer eye shape, both of which helped make the profile more modern and versatile. Turns out that when you invent the perfect pair of shades, you don't need to change much.