It used to be when I thought about belt buckles I thought about the deep south, and rodeo stars. Let’s face it, no one rocks the huge-ass belt buckles like the urban cowboys of North America. I don’t think it’s fair to let the Wrangler wearing population monopolize all the awesome belt buckles. A belt buckle can be more than a way to let everyone know your name is Buck, or that you won a calf roping competition when you were 15. Buckles can be a fun way to add just a bit of spice to your outfit. Here at Geek Cred we are firm believers in the idea that every outfit can use a small addition to show personality; be it cuff links, shoelaces, pocket squares, ties or the ever-awesome belt buckle.
To that end, I have decided to give you all a small selection of my favorite buckles to do with as you please. Be careful though – not all buckles are appropriate in all situations. That Punisher belt buckle might not be the best idea for a job interview. Then again, if you are applying for a job at a comic store it might be your ticket in.
Super heroes: Some of the best belt buckles I have found to date have been the most iconic. The symbol of a beloved hero might be enough to start some pretty awesome conversations, or to get people to look at your crotch. Either way, they bring a lot to the table.
Captain America: $19.95, hard to get more iconic than that, and with the recent popularity of the Avengers I’m pretty sure that everyone will know what you are wearing.
The Green Lantern: $9.13 – Every DC reader has wanted to belong to the Green Lantern Corps, and any kindred spirit will acknowledge your geek cred when s/he sees you sporting this on your mid-section.
Batman: $8.00 – O.K. so perhaps Captain America might not be the most iconic. This Batman buckle could only be cooler if it doubled as a batarang.
Transformers: $14.11 – This one starts so many conversations at parties. The Transformers Autobot symbol is the universal symbol for “party over here!” Wear it to work or a social affair and everyone will know that you know how to rock.
Video Games: Comic lovers are not the only ones who get to express themselves through their waist band accessories. Video games have gotten a lot of love in the belt buckle category.
Nintendo: $7.99 – Old skool gamer? Show it! Let everyone know that you were there when cartridges were king and all you needed was two buttons to save a princess.
Atari: $17.95 – Yeah Nintendo is old skool but Atari had graduated before old skool was even in session. Pause? Two buttons? Show gamers that you only needed one button and a stick to have a good time, no dirty jokes please.
Pac Man: $13.95 – I swear to God I will hug you no matter where we meet if I see you wearing this. No one is more iconic in the video game world than the man himself, Pac Man. While he is is a bit dated, Pac Man still represents everything that is awesome about video games.
Mario Brothers Bullet Bill: $15.09 – I mean just look at it. It’s Bullet Bill from Super Mario Brothers and it screams “Wear me with a suit and tie.”
General Geeky & Functional: Not every belt buckle has to be iconic, some can show off your general geeky side while others can be functional and fun at the same time. I don’t own all of these but I’m thinking I need to get most of them.
The Robot: $7.99 – When robots take over the earth there will be no better way to say “welcome new metallic overlords” like robot fashion accessories. But until that time, they just look cool. Robots can be fun for people who are not into any particular geeky genre.
StarWars Rebel Alliance: $25.99 – Insert your own “These are not the droids you are looking for” joke here. Since the empire is in a galaxy far far away and it was destroyed a long time ago I think it’s safe to show your support for the rebel alliance with this kick-ass buckle. Hardcore StarWars fans will give you mad props when they see you sporting this bad boy.
Storm Trooper: $19.99 – I love this one but at the same time it feels a bit strange to have a face down in that region. You know… down there. I have this buckle and I also have to admit that it is a big and a bit bulky, but even with those drawbacks it’s still a pretty awesome and eye catching buckle.
Butane Lighter: $17.95 – This is one of those James Bond-esque accessories that might be an awesome idea but also might not. I don’t smoke, but I do see how having a lighter handy at all times might come in handy. At the same time I might not be too keen on a container of flammable liquid being so close to my crotch; I can see that whole situation ending badly for the hero. I say wear it at your own risk.
Flask: $8.18 – This one is for my friend, Ryan Macklin. I know he has one of the most awesome flasks out there but I also know that he is a guy who knows that sometimes subtlety is needed. Anyone who is a regular convention-goer might enjoy being able to keep a bit of awesome sauce handy without compromising valuable bag space. I’m also a fan of advertising that “Yes I have, in fact, been drinking.” Careful where you wear it though, as sporting events and bars commonly confiscate flasks; you might find yourself going without a belt for a while if you take this to the wrong place.
Is that all?
Hell no! I have a metric crap ton of belt buckles that I want to share with you, but I’ll get to those on another Wednesday. For now feel free to share your favorite belt buckle with me and all the other readers. Leave a comment and let us know which buckle you use to add some geek cred to your outfits. Or you could drop me a line at Thadeous(a)Geek-Cred.com with a picture of you in your favorite awesome buckle.