Originally Posted by Equus Leather
Without wishing to add to much to the great snap debate I should point out that I of course think the stitched look looks better and works better for longer, as those photos show ;-)
Its actually quite an American/European divide. The US culturally tends to buy more expensive buckles than straps and therefore tend to want to change the buckle between different straps. Europeans tend to buy more expensive leatherwork than buckles and wear different belts if they want different buckles. Nothing wrong with either school of thought, pick which one you like and go with it. There are equally good/expensive/whatever makers in either camp.
Thank you for your input. Why not a combination of expensive leatherwork and buckles?
I'm of the mindset of high quality straps and high quality buckles. Call it a fusion of EuroAmerican thought.
I do not think that the snaps would wear out =), but stitching makes it so that the buckle can not be changed (as nice as stitching is).
I prefer sterling buckles to pair with high end straps, therein preferring snaps to easily change the buckles on my straps
Hope you can incorporate concealed snaps into your raised and stitched belt in the future so I can combine your high quality belt with some of my buckles!