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post #46 of 73
Getting in the game late, but here is my .02 cents.

First, a $10 belt and a $2,000 belt are both going to work. I own both and neither are going to fail due to my girth or engineering issues.

Second, I choose belts based upon the quality of the hide and how it interacts with the buckle. For me cost is a secondary issue. I try and get a quality buckle made out of sterling silver, and a hide from American Alligator. There is no rationale for this, if I like the way it looks and feels I buy it.

Third, if you weigh 250 pounds and are 5' 8", the belt is less important as it is only a means to lash your pants to the frame of your body. Quite possibly no one would see the buckle due to some weight issues. If you are thin, then the belt really matters as it is very visible.

To date the most I have spent on a buckle is $650 and $550 on the hide. Once a belt and hide clear over 2K, it is way out of my league.
post #47 of 73
Gosh every really spends a good deal of money on decent belts that tickle your fancy. For some reason i hate belts (maybe i just have yet to find one i really like), I'm not a big guy but i like braces alot bet. Alot more comfortable than a belt because it helps your waist line float. But I'd prob spend no more than 100 dollars on a pair of braces if that counts
post #48 of 73
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post
$1000.

I don't mind paying high amounts for accessories, but sometimes I do mind paying money for things like shirts.

Acessories last much longer and you need less, so it worths paying more.

I picked up a Dunhill alligator bely with sterling silver buckle for 230 euros. Good price?
post #49 of 73
Pre-StyleForum, I got some plain leather black, brown and white belt around $35 each at different stores/brands (but obviously same factory) with same rectangle silver buckle included, and considered myself set. Now I am looking for something higher end with maybe a croc pattern, and in oxblood colour to match some recent shoes. I understand it is something I wear on the outside and everyday, so quality is important. Also someone on this forum said, "women notice the leathers on a man". I saw some "Nanni" belts in Toronto at their store that sold no lower than $350 and they are calf leather. Many original designs, but I couldn't justify the price as nothing was versatile or caught my eye. I think a high-end men's store was trying to sell a woman's belt to me for $125. It had no tag, name or size and it was very thin. Also it was way too tight and the guy was trying to convincce me it fit since I would be wearind it with dress pants at the waist, and that it was a 34 (because I asked if it was a 34.) Then I saw it for $25 at Tommy Hilfiger (never bought from there before) and confirmed it was a women's belt. I bought it there, but not for myself. It was too beautiful to let it go to waste. I ordered a cheap belt from here recently because I needed a match for my shoes and they have every colour: http://www.krisarent.com Hasn't arrived yet, but I'm pretty sure I would like some more suggestions. Links and pictures would be helpful. Something REALLY nice, please. Quality that you can see.
post #50 of 73
$150 is my max. I find that good quality, nice looking belts are available under this price range (keeping in mind sales etc.,). I'd rather spend more on the shoes and watches. Can't have it all (although sounds like some of you can!).
post #51 of 73
got 2 leather belts recently $200 MSRP each. Borrelli and polo. and also a grosgrain, navy striped D ring from polo :love $65 MSRP. in true SF tradition i didn't pay retail.
post #52 of 73
I payed 250 for a zegna and 350 for an armani belt. I don't care what anyone thinks because I could not find anything similar anywhere else. So there I have 2 overpriced belts, but at least I switch off between them and I love them
post #53 of 73
How are the people who quote >$150 figures justifying the expense?

I mean, it's a strip of leather that requires:

1. very little material to make - even quality material, which may for all you know may be castoffs/remainders from other lines of production (e.g. shoemaking, handbags, etc)
2. isn't obvious - unless your belt is made of something extremely exotic or has an extremely distinctive design, which then calls into question its potential longevity in your wardrobe
3. very little workmanship/skill to look good or be durable - hardly the same as the amount of effort needed for a pair of shoes

I'm just curious what goes through your heads when you toss the >$150 figures out.
post #54 of 73
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post
How are the people who quote >$150 figures justifying the expense?

I mean, it's a strip of leather that requires:

1. very little material to make - even quality material, which may for all you know may be castoffs/remainders from other lines of production (e.g. shoemaking, handbags, etc)
2. isn't obvious - unless your belt is made of something extremely exotic or has an extremely distinctive design, which then calls into question its potential longevity in your wardrobe
3. very little workmanship/skill to look good or be durable - hardly the same as the amount of effort needed for a pair of shoes

I'm just curious what goes through your heads when you toss the >$150 figures out.

+1

A better question might be "How much would you spend on a belt in proportion to the amount you spend on shoes?" I would say 20% would be a good number. Right now, $200 is my limit for a pair of shoes, so I'd spend no more than $40 on a belt. There are many decent belts to be had for $40.
post #55 of 73
well my armani one has the alligator look so that stands out and it has a black matt finish buckle which I really like. Also my zegna one has a nice buckle that looks a bit different, yet still classsic and I really like the leather color. Like I said before, they are worth it to me because I have never seen anything else like them. If I wanted a standard belt, then I wouldn't spend that much, but since I only have a single brown and a single black belt it is worth it to me. No reason to really buy more since I don't like colorful belts whereas shoes you can always buy more
post #56 of 73
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post
How are the people who quote >$150 figures justifying the expense?

I mean, it's a strip of leather that requires:

1. very little material to make - even quality material, which may for all you know may be castoffs/remainders from other lines of production (e.g. shoemaking, handbags, etc)
2. isn't obvious - unless your belt is made of something extremely exotic or has an extremely distinctive design, which then calls into question its potential longevity in your wardrobe
3. very little workmanship/skill to look good or be durable - hardly the same as the amount of effort needed for a pair of shoes

I'm just curious what goes through your heads when you toss the >$150 figures out.

Good leather costs much.

A good watch strap costs 100 euros.

I think that you have much more leather on a belt than on a watch strap.

The buckle can be sterling silver and paladium plated.
post #57 of 73
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Originally Posted by justsayno View Post
got 2 leather belts recently $200 MSRP each. Borrelli and polo. and also a grosgrain, navy striped D ring from polo :love $65 MSRP. in true SF tradition i didn't pay retail.

BTW: what do fellow SFites think about grosgrain and cloth belts?

What clothes and shoes would you wear them with?

< / threadjack>
post #58 of 73
I have a couple of belts that range from $275-380, and some that are much cheaper.
post #59 of 73
I once spent well over 100 euros (I can't remember exactly how much) on a Fratelli Rossetti belt. At the time it felt like an insane amount of money, particularly for a quite plain black belt, but I like it alot and have gotten tons of wear out of it.

The rest of my belts are varying degrees of inexpensive, but belts have become somewhat less important since I started ordering my formal trousers without belt loops.
post #60 of 73
If you're wearing cordovan shoes, I suggest a cordovan belt to match. This seems most versatile.

Go to the Alden Shop in San Francisco:

http://www.aldenshop.com/Accessories.asp
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