randy scott -
Sometime way back in the mid to late 1980’s I obtained a pair of Oakley Frogskin sunglasses (black lenses/black frame/white temples; see attached pics).
I don’t remember ever purchasing these at a retail outlet, but recall I may have seen a small classified type ad in the back of a magazine or newspaper to sign up to receive a Free pair of Oakley Frogskins and only pay shipping and handling.
In the past few years, as the vintage market for all those things old and dear to us baby boomers (I was born in 1958) have emerged with relative monetary and sentimental value, I’ve been conducting internet searches periodically to find out more information about this model and style. After exhaustive searches through many, many websites, I’ve never been able to exactly find and pinpoint my exact model and style.
I’m hoping to obtain some historical information on this model, style, year produced, collectible value, monetary value, etc. and any other information you can provide me relating to my exact model of Gen 1 Frogskins.
I can describe them as generously worn back in the late 80’s, a few minor scratches on the outside of the lens and imprinted with the Oakley Logo prominently embossed on the outside of each temple and on the inside of the right side temple there is a raised molded Oakley Logo. For the past 25 or so years they have been kept in an eyeglass case in my memory box stored in my closet. And I’ve just begun to bring them out and wear them again.
Any help you can provide me in this matter will be greatly appreciated.
Frame: Matte Royal Blue
Lens: Orange Iridium
It's cool to have examples of all 3 generations of Frogskins, and look at the differences. 1st Gen is actually my second favorite, behind 2nd Gen, in terms of fit and sturdiness. I also actually like the metal hinges. And obtaining the elusive Royal Blue pair didn't hurt my keenness on them either.
Totally 80's. I had two pairs of these - first one was really early with the metal hinge, which eventually broke at one of the temples. The second was plastic hinge, and they have survived. They probably looked weird on me back in the day, but they were cool nonetheless. My sister had the clear frames, and somehow they worked way better on her. Very cool for a vintage look, but they don't work on everyone.
I bought these just for the sake of collecting, and to try them on. I think they look goofy, and they don't fit my head. I like them just because I have them, and I would buy them again if the opportunity arose. With that said, I would never wear them. Oakley has come a long way, and innovation has been a good thing.
Frame: Crystal Clear
Just got these today and they took me back to eighth grade again, I wore them around the office all day even when my coworkers were looking at me like I was an idiot. I love these frames, they do tend to scuff in the middle but if you love them you will wear them until they fall apart or someone calls the funny farm to come get you for wearing them inside your office.....