Vote: Are NBA players' glasses cool or lame?

June 20, 2012

The setup: The non-prescription glasses craze has reached a fever pitch throughout the NBA playoffs. Even LeBron James, who's jumped headfirst into the trend, says it's gotten "out of control." We tapped RedEye's fashion conscience to see if this fad still has legs.

This round: Fashion-only eyeglasses: Cool or lame?

LAME

This fashion faux pas needs to end. Who wears glasses just to wear frames other than to role-play, really? Some people who need eyeglasses to see don't like wearing them and opt for contacts or Lasik. Not only should athletes take them off, but let's add the actors who put them on to supposedly read their acceptance speeches only at hoity-toity events like Screen Actors Guild Awards. It doesn't make you look smarter. We see right through you and those non-prescription lenses.

—Leonor Vivanco (lvivanco@tribune.com | @lvivanco)

COOL

Traditionally, NBA players have rivaled only pro wrestlers in their "so bad they're good" fashion sense. The advent of the NBA dress code has leveled the playing field and now basketball players dress way better than before. Fake glasses? Who cares! Everyone looks smart as hell, considering the entire Miami Heat has amounted a total of three years of college. And also, a lot of you guys are making cracks, but also wearing baggy cargo shorts. Glass houses, man. Glass houses.

—Ernest Wilkins (ecwilkins@tribune.com | @ernestwilkins)

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