Low Bridge Fit vs. Standard Fit Sunglasses & What Sets August Friday Apart

Design of Low Bridge Fit Sunglasses vs. Standard Fit

Prefer video? Watch this to see how low bridge fit frames are designed differently from “normal”, “standard”, or “tall bridge fit” sunglasses. If you’re not sure whether you even have a low nose bridge and need low bridge fit sunglasses, check out our previous blog post here.


When it comes to designing sunglasses for low nose bridges, there are three key design differences: frame curvature, nose pad height, and nose bridge width.


Frame Curvature:


Here is a side by side comparison between a pair of low bridge fit sunglasses and a "normal" pair of sunglasses. From the top view, you can see easily see that the standard pair of sunglasses have a more drastic frame curvature. The curved frame accommodates the prominent facial features of someone with a tall nose bridge, helping to better protect their eyes. On the other hand, if you have a low nose bridge, the curved frame can interfere with your cheeks. So the low bridge fit sunglasses are designed with a flatter frame curvature to prevent the interference with the cheeks and for a more comfortable fit.

Nose Pad Height:


There’s also a big difference in the height of the nose pads. We consider this the most important design difference out of the three mentioned. On the images below, you see that the standard pair of sunglasses have a nose pad height of 9.45mm, whereas the low bridge fit pair is almost 13mm. 3-4mm might not sound like much, but we promise it makes a big difference in the comfort and stability of the sunglasses on the face. This adjustment ensures that your lenses are at an ideal distance from the eyes and prevents the frames from sliding down your nose.

Nose Bridge Width:


The nose bridge width is the distance between the two lenses measured from the inside of the frames (as if you are going to put them on). The typical bridge with for eyewear overall is 14mm to 24mm. Low bridge fit eyewear usually fall on the lower side of that range, typically between 14mm and 18mm, rarely going over 21mm. However, this doesn’t mean you should discount all frames where the bridge width is over 18mm because the fit depends on both the shape of the frames and your face. You can typically find the nose bridge width by finding the measurement of your glasses or sunglasses printed on the inside of the temple arm (the part that extends over your ear) or sometimes on the nose bridge of your glasses. These measurements include three numbers: the lens width, bridge width, and temple length, in that order.

The August Friday Difference from Other Low Bridge Fit Options

Now, while many other low bridge fit options might incorporate the design elements discussed above, not all brands execute them well. At August Friday, we go beyond the basic design elements by selecting additional features to ensure worry-free, everyday use for people on-the-go, all while providing style and vision comfort. Our sunglasses are crafted to be durable, flexible, and provide utmost vision protection while ensuring long-term comfort on the face. Additionally, they are accessibly priced, so you don’t have to worry about being overly cautious and potentially damaging the pair, as you might with sunglasses priced over $150. We strive to strike a balance between quality, style, and ease of wear.

Here’s what sets our products apart:

Built for All-Day Comfort:

  • We test each pair on real people with low nose bridges to ensure they are comfortable for long-term wear—a step not all brands take. We pay particular attention to the weight of the sunglasses and the pressure on the nose. ears, and temples. We use flexible materials to help alleviate pressure on these points and ensure comfort when sunglasses are worn for an extended period of time.

Polarization as a Standard:

  • Many brands charge an additional $40 to $100 for polarized lenses, considering them a premium feature. But at August Friday, polarization comes standard with our sunglasses. This feature significantly enhances vision clarity and safety by reducing glare, making it particularly valuable during activities with excessive sunlight exposure like driving and water sports.

Superior Optical Clarity:

  • Many low-priced sunglasses compromise optical clarity, posing potential risks to your long-term vision health. Don't sacrifice accurate depth perception or clear vision for style. Get both! We prioritize optical clarity to ensure what you see through our sunglasses is exactly what you get. No "objects may be closer than they appear" disclosures needed.

Flexible and Durable Materials:

  • Face widths vary widely, and even tall nose pads can't guarantee comfort if sunglasses are too wide or too slim. To address this, we use flexible yet durable frame materials and hinges too provide extra flexibility around the face width. While it won’t help cases where the sunglasses are much too big or too small, it can help cases where the the fit is just a little bit off. We use acetate and TR90 frame materials because they’re high-impact resistant, durable, and flexible, along with scratch-resistant lenses. With these features, you can wear your sunglasses worry-free, giving you peace of mind.

You’re likely going to have to try on a few frames to see what suits your style and what fits your face comfortably, but we hope this reduces a lot of trial and error. Our goal is to simplify your shopping experience and provide high-quality sunglasses that are comfortable and stylish, without breaking the bank.

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