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Today in eyewear trends we never thought possible, there's a sartorial throwdown happening off the NBA courts right now, and bragging rights to which player "invented wearing glasses" is at stake. Apparently, that's a thing that two professional basketball players—LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, specifically—think about when they're not worried about perfecting their jump shot.
Once we waded through all the sports jargon, we were able to focus on the heart of the issue: Westbrook started the feud when he told the press, "I've been wearing glasses since I've been in the league. I think everybody else just started wearing them now."
James begged to differ, coming back with, "No, that's not right. There are no stories behind it. It's a look, it's a fashion thing, but [Westbrook] absolutely didn't start it. I don't know who started it, honestly. I know I've wearing mine for about two years now, but I don't know who started it. None of us started it. It could have started back in the '70s or '80s. I'm serious."
The glasses they are arguing about, by the way, are both fake, and sometimes even lens-less.
Now, however, those sports/style enthusiast over at Grantland have settled the debate once and for all, thanks to an interview with Cardinal Hugh de Provence, the subject of the first-ever photo of a guy wearing glasses. While it might not be historically accurate, per se, there are quotes like this to look forward to: "Why are you telling lies, BRUH. It's me! The Glasses Apostle, subject of Conrad von Soest's altarpiece and the inventor of early 15th-century glasses swag! You may have been the first to magnify, but I was the first to look MAGNIFICENT." Enjoy.
· Grantland Exclusive: Inventor of Eyeglasses Weighs In on LeBron-Westbrook Specs Debate [Grantland]
· Why LeBron James Needs a New Look Now [Esquire]
· That's So Fashion Week...Lens-less Glasses Edition [Racked]