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post #4171 of 4449

@Odd I/O

 

As much as I'd like to be able to provide you with my sizing in G&G or EG but I've yet to kop a pair :)

 

I usually size down a bit in AE and Carmina from a 10.5 to a 10, it really depends on the last.

 

For boots I always size down a half size and I did the same with this pair which fit a bit larger. They still fit nicely with a thick pair of socks in a 10.   

 

I highly recommend them as worry-free winter option, you'll never get cold or wet. 

post #4172 of 4449
Hey guys, here's the update for proxy #2 (squares and ties):

I proxied ten items from the store, and seven have arrived so far. I'm going to check in again in a few days for the rest to see if the remainder arrive.

If not, I'm going to ask my relative to send me what's been received so far.

Will have another update in a few days.
post #4173 of 4449
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Originally Posted by Spex View Post
 

I was hoping that this British Pound decline would help me purchase another Equus belt, but even with the decline, VAT exclusion and coupon codes I can't get even a clearance belt to come under $100 CAD. I managed to get a belt for $75 CAD once. I guess I'm just cheap...

Is there any better code than the 10% SF10%? I'm considering a bridle belt but it still comes to approx $150 including shipping. It's via Royal Mail so I should be relatively safe from duty I guess. 

post #4174 of 4449

With Equus, I think you get what you pay for...  

 

Considering every crappy "menswear" store wants $100 for bonded POS belt.  

 

 

$150 CAD for a handmade belt of the best quality materials, made to order custom, hand stitched, buckle selection, stich colour etc kind of seems like a bargain to me...

 

 

Thanks for reminding me about them though,  I should get something.  Belts last a long time, and its nice to have a quality belt.

 

 

 

And I;m looking at the West End Bridles.  20% off right now right on their page..

post #4175 of 4449
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Originally Posted by CanadaCal View Post

 

Considering every crappy "menswear" store wants $100 for bonded POS belt.  

 

This is true - and no doubt that is not a good way to spend $100.

 

That said, I will admit to being a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to belts.  I have bought any number of cheap $20 belts from Winners that have lasted for years and years and years. When they are worn out and need to be replaced I certainly feel I have got my money's worth out of them.

 

I dunno - I am mad for shoes and will drop serious coin in that department, but for me, a belt is a belt - a strip of leather that goes round my waist - I just haven't felt the motivation to go high end for a better strip of leather that goes round my waist.

post #4176 of 4449

There is nothing wrong with that view.  Myself, I don't have a huge selection of quality belts.  

 

 

However, I do have a couple casual belts from Epaulet (95 USD EA), and I will say I reach for them a lot more then my others.  

Not sure why, but I do.  And most guys can get by with only a handful of belts lasting many years.     

 

Different strokes for different folks...  Seems you could get a lot of mileage out of a quality belt over the years to justify its purchase, then say a $150-200 tie, or $100 pocket square, which a lot of guys on here spend routinely.  Just a difference of appreciation.   

post #4177 of 4449
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This is true - and no doubt that is not a good way to spend $100.

That said, I will admit to being a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to belts.  I have bought any number of cheap $20 belts from Winners that have lasted for years and years and years. When they are worn out and need to be replaced I certainly feel I have got my money's worth out of them.

I dunno - I am mad for shoes and will drop serious coin in that department, but for me, a belt is a belt - a strip of leather that goes round my waist - I just haven't felt the motivation to go high end for a better strip of leather that goes round my waist.

I mostly agree, but there are some cheep looking, worn out, ugly belts out there and it can ruin the look. Which doesn't mean one needs to burn serious money for decent looking and lasting belt.

Now, I am blessed to come from country with long tradition of leather artisans (although for dress shoes I have to go North to Hungary or Croatia) - so full quality leather belt with decent hardware in the $30 range is pretty much my comfort zone.

I once had an impulse buy of SuSu belt (needed suede brown belt, LIKE NOW!) and soon regretted it frown.gif
post #4178 of 4449
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Originally Posted by gs77 View Post


I mostly agree, but there are some cheep looking, worn out, ugly belts out there and it can ruin the look. Which doesn't mean one needs to burn serious money for decent looking and lasting belt.

Now, I am blessed to come from country with long tradition of leather artisans (although for dress shoes I have to go North to Hungary or Croatia) - so full quality leather belt with decent hardware in the $30 range is pretty much my comfort zone.

I once had an impulse buy of SuSu belt (needed suede brown belt, LIKE NOW!) and soon regretted it frown.gif

 

No argument here.  Some cheap belts look cheap when brand new and look like they wouldn't last a season and probably won't.  Those should be avoided.  But like I said, I have had a great number of inexpensive belts that look just fine and have served me well for years.

post #4179 of 4449
anyone order from bodileys or the uk in general? whats the customs/duties hit, HST + ~15% duties?
post #4180 of 4449
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Originally Posted by CanadaCal View Post
 

There is nothing wrong with that view.  Myself, I don't have a huge selection of quality belts.  

 

 

However, I do have a couple casual belts from Epaulet (95 USD EA), and I will say I reach for them a lot more then my others.  

Not sure why, but I do.  And most guys can get by with only a handful of belts lasting many years.     

 

Different strokes for different folks...  Seems you could get a lot of mileage out of a quality belt over the years to justify its purchase, then say a $150-200 tie, or $100 pocket square, which a lot of guys on here spend routinely.  Just a difference of appreciation.   

 

How is the quality of Epaulet belts?  They seem like good value.  Right now, they have a 15% off code for their new arrival belts.  Unfortunately, shipping ($20) plus customs fees kinda kills the deal. 

post #4181 of 4449
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Originally Posted by nqtri View Post

Is there any better code than the 10% SF10%? I'm considering a bridle belt but it still comes to approx $150 including shipping. It's via Royal Mail so I should be relatively safe from duty I guess. 

http://www.barneyswarehouse.com/category/men/accessories/belts/N-15q7uy8
post #4182 of 4449
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Originally Posted by Allen Dreadmon View Post
 

 

How is the quality of Epaulet belts?  They seem like good value.  Right now, they have a 15% off code for their new arrival belts.  Unfortunately, shipping ($20) plus customs fees kinda kills the deal. 

 

If anyone wants to get in on an order for belts and split the cost of shipping, let me know.  They just got a new shipment, so there are lots of sizes available.  To see if a belt is eligible for the discount, use code October-Shirts-And-Belts.

 

http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/accessories/Belts

post #4183 of 4449
Hit up the Bay folks. I got 3 or 4 belts from there while on sale as mentioned. I wear each once a week and they're holding up fine for 2 years now smile.gif

Also, I got a casual belt (dark brown) from the gap many years ago and I wear it all the time when wearing jeans. Still going strong. As Roger mentioned, belts aren't really something I spend money on. Most of the time you don't even see it, unless you live in a tropical climate year round.

I don't wear suits to work either
post #4184 of 4449
FWIW, I got custom belts made from affiliate member Equus leather in a variety of leathers and they're quality.
post #4185 of 4449
I cheap out on belts too, but picked up a nice Lauren Ralph Lauren belt from the Bay for about $50. They're decent.

But if you really want a baller belt, I recommend hitting Harry's outlet. They usually have Canali/Zegna/Tom Ford belts in very large sizes on big discount. If the belt can be shortened, you've hit gold.

I remember they had a gold plated TF belt for $199. Canali and Zegna would obviously be cheaper.
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