Good quality belts

Guys, I've always struggled to find a decent belt that will hold up until WILL Leather Goods. But, my belt from them that lasted two years, still no bad creases, is starting to fade in color and they have no dress belts in stock.

So, I come to you trying to find another brand. I've got access to Nordstrom's, Macy's, etc. but have never found another brand that seems to hold up well (DKNY was actually the second best I've had) amongst the typical fashion names such as Kors, Abboud, Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, etc.

Thoughts? Oh, and I hate the real skinny belts that look like they are made for chicks.

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May 21, 2013

my brooks brothers cordovan leather belt has held up nicely and looks great. not too flashy at all but accents well.

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Cordovan-Belt/108F__...

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May 21, 2013

How much are you willing to spend?

Allen Edmonds, the same guys who make the best entry-level American dress shoes, also make reasonably nice belts.

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/cati2_Belts_1...

May 21, 2013
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How much are you willing to spend?

Allen Edmonds, the same guys who make the best entry-level American dress shoes, also make reasonably nice belts.

I second this. Color matches the shoes and you can keep the belt in good shape with the same polish used for the shoes.

May 21, 2013

hermes or gtfo

May 21, 2013
anacott steal:

hermes or gtfo

Great belt if you're an Armenian gangster from 1997.

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May 21, 2013

also bb has 30% off corp clients coming up along with mail coupons the price drops ~allen #'s

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May 21, 2013

Thanks, I'll check out BB and AE. I think I'll try AE since everyone loves the shoes and quality leather is key. Some of those run about the same as Will Leather.

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May 21, 2013

I just got 3 reversible belts black/brown: Perry Ellis, Joseph Abboud and Calvin Klein and they seem to be of great quality. I would definitely recommend these brands.

May 21, 2013

Trafalgar.

May 30, 2013

I have a $300+ Ferragamo belt and a $20 Croft and Barrow belt. It is really tough to tell the difference between the two, especially if you are just looking at them

May 30, 2013

I think the softer calfskin AE belts hold up better than the stiffer tanned BB ones for everyday wear in my opinion.

May 30, 2013

Nordstrom makes a great black/brown reversible belt. Great deal at $50.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nordstrom-reversible-l...

I'm also a fan of the BOSS belts, which run about $85 - 120. I tried a Perry Ellis belt from Macy's once but the quality SUCKED.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-black-leather-bel...

Also, if you can catch them in stock at your local Costco, the Kirkland Signature brand belts are *amazing.* Way better than Nordstrom and BOSS, and they're only $20. However, I think they are done carrying them for this year, so you might have to wait until next year when they are on shelves again.

Jun 1, 2013

Costco belt: would be surprised if it did *not* perform well above its price point.

Belts that really suck are hard leather; made from reconstituted leather chips, i.e. almost cardboard (they call it "bonded"); and split-grain (half the piece of leather). And all are available in $50+ flavors.

Maybe the guys here have found success with belts of a single piece of leather, if the leather is nice enough. For me, belts like this deform at the back center much more severely and don't have a great presentation around the holes. Net effect is too casual for me. Again, people try to sell this as a dress belt, and I think it's wrong. It's also wrong for quality/longevity.

The opposite is a somewhat supple leather, in two layers, stitched together. Usually this style will have a third, smaller piece of leather inside, between the two outer layers. The BB linked above is of this type. You can imagine how much sturdier this is, but yet how there can be a nice finish on the outside.

Generally the cheapest I would go is around $50 for that better make. I get ten years' use out of them. As above (ae) I'd get something in a leather I could care for. Style statement: crisp and clean with a buckle that didn't look cheap; I guess that's good if they're going to be around awhile.

I think the next belt for me is the bb or something custom.

Jun 1, 2013

Gee that looks like a talky response. Hope it actually helps.

Re-reading OP I wonder if you could get more life out of the Will belt with some leather creme. It all depends on the leather. I mean, I wouldn't want you to add color back to your belt only to see it on your pants.

Jun 4, 2013

I think it is ok to invest some amount in leather belts. Belts of good quality are easier to maintain, have lesser problems and give you a longer life. A good belt which can go with most clothing styles can ultimately save you the hassle and money of getting a cheap belt repaired repeatedly

In Time I wander

Jun 6, 2013

J Crew American made dress belt

Jun 4, 2013

You can go for Ferragamo belt as well. Its also good quality and is unlikely to chip or crease. Its less stiff too.

In Time I wander

Jun 7, 2013

lol

May 21, 2013
Jun 7, 2013

Ask your boyfriend

Jun 7, 2013

Just a personal opinion, but that looks a little off for the workplace. The only place I'd dare wear something like that is the golf course. Other than that, your belt should be subtle accessory coordinating with your shoes (always) and possibly your watch. The big belt buckle thing still flies in young-aged flashy golfers (I'm 22), that's about it.

Jun 7, 2013

These aren't big buckles. They fit 1" straps.

Jun 7, 2013
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May 21, 2013