Tortoiseshell glasses

Tortoise glasses are a classic for a reason: Their painterly shades of amber, honey, rose, brown, and blue enhance any eye color, just by proximity. They can be formal or bookish. They match nothing and go with everything.

Although tortoiseshell glasses are inspired by the natural pattern of tortoise shells, these days they’re made from the more eco-friendly acetateβ€”so there’s no guilt involved.

Doherty Toffee Tortoise
Chamberlain Whiskey Tortoise
Durand Whiskey Tortoise
Crane Whiskey Tortoise
Brimmer Black Walnut
Santiago Hudson Blue Fade

Prescription tortoiseshell glasses start at $95, with free shipping and returns.

Duncan Oak Barrel with Riesling


Wilkie Crystal with English Oak
Naima Amalfi Tortoise
Carlton Ristretto Tortoise

Tortoiseshell Glasses FAQs

Tortoiseshell glasses are designed to replicate the look and feel of tortoiseshells. Decades ago, this style actually used real tortoiseshells, but the practice was outlawed in the 1970s. 

The modern look is commonly achieved by staining acetate, giving you all the style points without causing environmental harm.