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Belt quality

post #1 of 31
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Was looking at some belts on discount yesterday and wondered about these things. I found a few different brands, some of which make other things I've heard of, some not, but as we all know the different items a brand makes can range widely in quality. Johnston & Murphy: pretty nice suede belts, but will they hold up? Martin Dingman: looks nice, but hard to tell. At what price is it a bargain? Polo: some for MSRP $40, some for MSRP $140. Err.. what's the difference, really? Also, the $140 ones have no visible stitching, which worries me a bit. They are not one piece of leather, so they must be glued. Will they stay together a while? Anyway, just seeking some input here. I need to pick up a few belts as mine are all looking really shabby and/or "fashionable".
post #2 of 31
I'm wearing the $140 Polo belt. I just felt better getting the more expensive one (you're seeing it for like $20, right?). It actually does have stitching at the edges, and mine has held up well. Honestly though, the $58 belt I bought at the regular Brooks Brothers store is the best belt I own. Supple, nice sheen without looking plastically, and has held up remarkably well. Best color brown belt out there for less than $150 IMO.
post #3 of 31
Martin Dingman's belts have been in my experience high quality products. Brioni, Ferragamo, Zegna are also top quality. NM's house brand has good quality belts. Flemings of Buckhead has ready to wear and also does bespoke belts.
post #4 of 31
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I'm wearing the $140 Polo belt. I just felt better getting the more expensive one (you're seeing it for like $20, right?). It actually does have stitching at the edges, and mine has held up well. Honestly though, the $58 belt I bought at the regular Brooks Brothers store is the best belt I own. Supple, nice sheen without looking plastically, and has held up remarkably well. Best color brown belt out there for less than $150 IMO.
Conveniently enough, the pebble-grained version of the Brooks belt is currently onsale for $40.
post #5 of 31
My experience with Coach belts has been pretty negative. They seem to lose their color far to easily. I have coach belts I've had to regularly use shoe polish on to keep up the color, yet I have other belts that over 10+ years have kept their color perfectly. The best belts I've got though are from Paul Stuart. Expensive, but they seem to last forever. I've got a black lambsuede that I bought in @1986 or 1987 that is still in perfect condition, even thought I still wear it regularly (and, until my office went casual 4 years ago, I wore 3-4 times a week). I've had good experiences with Trafalger belts too, as well as Brooks Bros. and Polo.
post #6 of 31
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Polo: some for MSRP $40, some for MSRP $140. Err.. what's the difference, really? Also, the $140 ones have no visible stitching, which worries me a bit. They are not one piece of leather, so they must be glued. Will they stay together a while?
Polo Belt... Got one for 20 bucks at Century 21 in Brooklyn, That is if you dont count the 35 dollar parking ticket I got with it.  I dont see it holding up more than a few uses.  Its plasticky looking/feeling, I almost cant bend it to get it into the belt loop after I have buckled it and its already showing signs of cracking from the bending back to buckle it.  One "advantage" is that the rigidity of the belt holds the pants open if I ever want to slide into them. On the other hand I bought at the same time a Kenneth Cole Bench (also 20+, add the aforementioned parking ticket cost) made belt that I really like.  Leather is really nice, the buckle feels weighty without being overpowering.  I highly recommend. Stay away from the glued ones if you can. JJF
post #7 of 31
When I belt, I look for belt buckle 1st. The shape, color, finish etc.. Then I look at leather softness, color etc ..
post #8 of 31
I throw my hat in the ring for Cartier Belts. Of course, though they cost more than $140. Jon
post #9 of 31
Borrelli makes some great belts which are relatively inexpensive, 65 Euro at their Italian stores. I haven't seen them in the US however.
post #10 of 31
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Borrelli makes some great belts which are relatively inexpensive, 65 Euro at their Italian stores. I haven't seen them in the US however.
Well, if they cost 65 Euros in Italy, they probably cost $300 here... Jon.
post #11 of 31
Trafalger makes a great belt. Longhi, hope I spelled it right, is sold by Bergdorf's but I've bought it under a Neiman's label on sale. Terrific quality, soft and supple leather.
post #12 of 31
Every once in a while, you'll come across a Purple Label belt on Ebay. Good leather quality and stitching. The cinch ring belts don't require a very precise size and are easier to buy. In a blue moon, you'll find a Peter Barton belt on EBay (no longer manufactured) made by Borrelli.
post #13 of 31
I maybe on the opposite end of the spectrum but I prefer the look of no stitches. I believed this is called tuxedo front.
post #14 of 31
I don't particularly like stitiching either. For plain leather, dressier belts, Trafalgar, followed by Brooks Brothers, which are cheap and quite serviceable.
post #15 of 31
Personally I normally use Zegna belts, I've found them on bluefly as cheap as $20 with the coupons, they are usually $150 or so. The Lands End shell cordovan belt is nice too.
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