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post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by ac_slater View Post

Tanner and Corter are good, like the guy above said.

http://woodandfaulk.bigcartel.com/product/the-f-m-x-w-f-d-ring-belt-tan

I'd go with this. Well made in the USA and its cheaper than the majority of other suggested places mentioned. 300$ for a belt? DAMN!!!
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by tomchuk View Post

Tandy Leather Belt Blank and a Stainless Roller Buckle and $10 off code = a high quality leather belt, out the door for less than $20.

This is interesting but seems complicated. How does it work and why is it so cheap?
post #18 of 29
The thing about making your belt is that it takes a lot of time and practice to get to the same level as the guys who do it for a living. Not to mention the oils, dyes, tools, and nic-naks that are involved in just making a simple belt. But by all means try, I started making belts as a side hobby and I've slowly gotten all of the tools. Tandy has good leather but you should really go to the shop to pick your own leather first hand (only if with reason of course). Or get your leather sides from an actual tannery.
post #19 of 29
Which do you think look better: Natural or camel like?
post #20 of 29
Natural, naturally.
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by Guus View Post

I'd go with this. Well made in the USA and its cheaper than the majority of other suggested places mentioned. 300$ for a belt? DAMN!!!

The counterargument, of course, is that you've already spent $300 on jeans, so why skimp on the accessories? You may as well have the best. A beautiful piece of leather, a unique buckle - these are things worth paying for. Yes, they just hold up your pants. Or you don't even need them for that. But, then just buy your suits at Jos A Banks and your shirts at TJ Maxx.
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

The counterargument, of course, is that you've already spent $300 on jeans, so why skimp on the accessories? You may as well have the best. A beautiful piece of leather, a unique buckle - these are things worth paying for. Yes, they just hold up your pants. Or you don't even need them for that. But, then just buy your suits at Jos A Banks and your shirts at TJ Maxx.

But 300$? Come on, that is a bit too much IMO.
post #23 of 29

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.

post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by derrida26 View Post

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).
post #25 of 29
http://www.equusleather.co.uk/index.php/Bakers-of-Colyton-Leather-Belts/Russet-Oak-Bark-Belt/flypage.tpl.html

Probably as good and cheap as you are going to get, in one package.

Tanner is probably the best belt recommended at under $100.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post


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).



makes sense. I am the same with cars

post #27 of 29
I've been wearing this Strike Gold belt for a year.
I can't recommend highly enough, it has darkened up and taken a beautiful patina over time.
I think $200 isn't cheap for a belt but seeing as it will probably outlast me, the price is perfectly fair.
I struggle to think how a similar belt could be improved upon for more money.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by yywwyy View Post

I'm also interested in suggestions. Also, is it weird to wear nice croc belts with raw denim?


I wear my Dries croc belt with raws. Weird or not? It all depends your style, look and belt of course.


Edited by joewood - 3/11/12 at 1:44am
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by jonnyt View Post

I've been wearing this Strike Gold belt for a year.
I can't recommend highly enough, it has darkened up and taken a beautiful patina over time.
I think $200 isn't cheap for a belt but seeing as it will probably outlast me, the price is perfectly fair.
I struggle to think how a similar belt could be improved upon for more money.

Well, it could be stitched instead of riveted, for one. You may argue about stylistic merits, but handstitching is more expensive, and more durable, with more distributed stress. You could also have a more distinctive, or a hand forged and hammered buckle. Or a buckle from a more precious metal. I have belts with sterling silver buckles, for example. You could have better finished edges - again, a stylistic consideration, but it's not debatable that a better edge finishing would be more labor intensive. Like I said before, if utility is your only criterion, it's easy to say what you just said. Otherwise, it's nearly impossible to make that statement.
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