Whatever you thoughts on Kanye West, it’s hard to ignore the contributions he  has made to fashion. Aside from launching Louis Vuitton sneakers and Nike Air Yeezy’s, he started a relatively short lived, yet undeniable trend: Shutter Shades.

The visibility impairing, seemingly impractical sunnies were the highlight of Ye’s 2008 Glow in the Dark tour, and created a literal fury with absolutely everyone rocking the shades in a rainbow of colors:

Of course Kanye didn’t create this look in a vacuum, and was undoubtedly influenced by Sho’Nuff, the Sho’Gun of Harlem from the 1985 cult flick The Last Dragon:
No matter his inspiration, it was Kanye who made the look mainstream and ridiculously popular, if only for a 6 month time span.

Did you own a pair of shutter shades?
Check out these videos to reminisce:

Sho’nuff from the Last Dragon

Kanye West, Stronger

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