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.....
Frame: Wildberry n' Milk
Finally tracked down this last color. It cost me a bit, but it's all worth in in the end. Be nice if I could get some mint lenses at some point. Frogskins tend to be a bit front heavy and the bulge in the lens makes them a nice resting spot, which leads to dead center scuffing. But I don't dare wear these for the historical value and color scheme. I just rest know they're all together.
Frame: Sky Blue and Purple Cloud
Lens: Black and Bronze
Where on earth do these keep coming from. Both are Gen 1, with the metal hinge and the flat logo's. But I've never seen these in catalogues or really anywhere. Not that I'll complain though. Nice collection pieces.
Frame: Crystal Clear
An awesome piece of Oakley history. I'm so happy that I finally got a pair. I love the clear frame. Just think these are over 20 years old and Oakley is still going strong!
Brings back memories of the 80's. These didn't fit my big head all that well. My sister had a pair and she loved them. I would say they would be good for chilling and hanging out. In that decade I would just stick to my Neon yellow razorblades.
Frame: Crystal Black
Lens: Black Iridium
Super cool when I was a kid, but now I only wish I had bought a more oddball color like the clear/violet for its retro appeal now. My plastic hinged version has withstood all kinds of teenage abuse, including being sat on countless times and still going strong.
I'm finally getting into collecting these. I had absolutely no interest at all in buying a pair of classic frogs until this evil site inhabited my soul. I may even wear them now. What's happened to me!?! They are great old shades though.
I have to admit I do like these, even if Oakley "borrowed" from the Ray-Ban Wayfarer. Not the most comfortable in the world and as I remember, they had a lot of problems with cracking/breaking. Definitely classic Oakley though since this was one of their first few styles.
Lens: Violet Mirror
This one's a little more wearable than the Dalmation. It still looks very 80's, but you can pull it off better.
Frame: Dalmation (or maybe Cowprint)
Okay the 3 stars isn't for fit or comfort, or anything related to modern day glasses wearing. They're just a really cool vintage pair and a rare one too boot. I'm trying to complete my vintage collection, and needed one model from the original frogskins. I figured this would be a good one.
On a side note, there's classic and modern frogskins, but also of the classic models, there's two generations. Mine is the first with metal hinges and printed logos. Gen 2 has plastic hinges and raised logos.
Overall a nice piece for the display cabinet.
Same comments as previous reviews about comfort and style but this frame is a much better colour.
it is red/pink blotches on a white frame.
same pattern as the dalmation but with pink and instead of brown.
shame about the grey lens, i think they would have much better suited a red or a bronze lens.
Same comments as previous review about comfort and style but this lens is a much better colour. its a shame that Violet Mirror is no longer made.
goes very well with the Crystal Clear frame which actually looks more like Purple clear frame.
Frame: Black Metal Hinges
Lens: Bronze Iridium
Got these badboys for 4 yrs now. Only recently that I went to an O Store that was telling me how cool these are then said after that those are not real Oakleys because they have Japan on the inside of the earpiece. I almost freaked out. Please confirm that these froggies are authentic first gen because its a shame that someone from an O store said this to my vintage love of my life frogs. Long live, guys!