Buffalo and Company
Rewind a year ago. At that moment I really had no clue what sunglass straps, or Croakies (actually a brand name), were. While ubiquitous in the South, sunglass straps really haven’t caught on in the Midwest yet. As I started to be introduced to brands more popular in the South, I noticed an affinity for the neoprene accessories. Now, this wasn’t the first time I had seen straps used to hold glasses on. When I was younger, I had a strap that I used to keep my eyeglasses safely secured to my head during baseball, basketball and soccer games. I had also seen my dad wear a similar strap on his glasses whenever he went fishing. Up until that point, though, I had never seen sunglass straps used as a fashion accessory and not just for a functional purpose. I contemplated getting some for awhile because I liked how they looked, but I was also hesitant because I thought they might look out of place in the Midwest and I really wasn’t sure how much I would actually use them, especially since my current sunglasses were rather beat up (more on that later). Ultimately, I decided against it. But then, just over a month ago, I received a pair of Fantails from Costa Del Mar (look for a review in the near future), which came packaged with, amongst other things, a pair of black Costa Del Mar sunglass straps. I had a strap now so I figured, what the heck, I might as well put it on these and at least try it out. It didn’t take long until I was hooked.
I am now a diehard advocate of sunglass straps. At first I worried that I would inevitably stand out and have to answer tons of questions concerning why I was wearing a strap on my sunglasses. Looking back on it, of course I was going to stick out. Go-to-hell pants, seersucker, shorts above the knees, bow ties, these are things that really haven’t been embraced by most people in the Midwest. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you have to be confident in your look if you are going to dress preppy in the Midwest. Most guys don’t have the courage to pull off Nantucket Reds, boat shoes, an oxford and a bow tie. You’re going to get looks, you’re going to get ribbed, but, if you’re confident, you’ll know you look good and people will begin to notice this.
Much to my surprise, most of the comments towards my sunglass straps were quite positive. My wife wishes she had a pair so she didn’t have to push her sunglasses up on her head when she’s not wearing them. That’s one definite advantage of wearing sunglass straps. With a lot of sunglasses, wearing them for extended periods of time can get uncomfortable. Sure, you can just push them onto your forehead, but the arms are still putting pressure on your temples and this doesn’t really solve the problem. With sunglass straps you can simply take them off and let them dangle around your neck, alleviating all pressure. The second, unexpected benefit of sunglass straps is that they keep my glasses safe when I’m not wearing them. I am notorious for not taking good care of my sunglasses, usually because they are fairly cheap ones that don’t cost much to replace. I typically just throw them whereever and undoubtedly the lens end up getting scratched or the frames get bent out of shape. However, with sunglass straps I can simply hang my sunglasses over my rear view mirror when I’m not using them, effectively placing them out of harm’s way.
If you’ve been on the fence about getting sunglass straps, I would highly suggest you get some. If you had never thought about them before, you should look into getting some. Here are a few I have my eyes on for my next purchase (clicking the photo will take you to the online store if you want to purchase any).