Originally Posted by derrida26
Of course you want the best. But I'm not convinced that there is much (or any) quality difference between 100-300$ range. Would much rather have three tanner belts.
Tanner belts are nice for the price, but there is definitely a difference in the make and leather quality between that and a Kicking Mule belt, for example. That said, there are some very well done belts (though they are definitely basic) at the $100-$150 mark. I personally really like the Yuketen cordovan belts, and Mismo makes some great belts at $120 or so, though they are not as thick as some of the belts mentioned here. You can get a really supple belt from 45rpm for about $150.
Like all things, if utility is your only criterion, it is pretty easy to meet, and the point of diminishing returns is hit pretty fast (I'd say, at about $150-$175). It really depends on your value system. For example, I care nothing for cars. For me, a car is just a vehicle that gets me from point A to point B, safely. So a Honda Civic is just as good as a Ferrari. tbh, I cannot name a single model of Ferrari. But for leather goods... well, I love leather goods.
If you want a really good belt, get a top of the line one custom made, from Equus (an affiliate of ours, see their thread in MC. There is a link in the right hand column).