If you listen to technology podcasts regularly, you’ve by now likely heard of eyewear company Warby Parker. The New York based startup, launched in 2010, has recently started advertising on many tech podcasts and bills itself as an affordable and easy way to purchase eyeglasses and sunglasses via the Internet. As a (literally) nearsighted nerd, I was intrigued when I heard about the company on The Mac Observer’s Mac Geek Gab podcast, and so I decided to give it a try and provide an independent Warby Parker review.
Warby Parker operates both via its website as well as through a small number of physical retail locations throughout the United States. The online ordering component of the company is the truly novel aspect so that’s how I chose to interact with them.
Pick Some Frames
You start by heading to Warby Parker’s website and browsing their selection of glasses. Sections are divided between men’s and women’s frames and then by regular eyewear and sunglasses. Most frames are offered in several colors, and there are large high-quality images of the frames from different angles, as well as a model that turns his or her head from side to side so you can see how each frame looks in any orientation. There’s also a virtual try-on feature that allows you to upload a picture of yourself so that you can get a general idea of what each frame will look like on your face.
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