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Looking for a good, affordable thin belt (not *skinny* - but thin, as in, not bulky)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by oneninetyseven, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,

    Wondering if you could suggest some reasonably priced (ie, $50 and under if they exist), decent to good quality leather belts, black preferred, matte buckle, nothing fancy, plain leather...that are thin - not "skinny". Of a normal width, but not too thick, so that they sit nice and flat.

    I'm always keeping my eyes out, but any thoughts are welcome.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Apollotrader

    Apollotrader Well-Known Member

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  3. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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    Wow, these are quite nice looking belts, and very reasonably priced, too. I'm always happy to support US/Canada companies like this. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
  4. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Well-Known Member

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    I can't imagine most average flat leather belts being thick enough to be 'bulky'. After a certain point, thinner leather tends to just mean cheap and flimsy.

    The usual recommendation for belts is somewhere like http://www.equusleather.co.uk, is this normal thickness what you're looking for, or are you looking for something significantly thinner than that?
     
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    I have a belt like you're describing, purchased from J Crew.
     
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    Look like good belts, but I've never seen a bridle leather belt that is thinner than a non-bridle. I think, almost by defnition, bridle leather - being hardier - is going to be thicker.
     
  9. KObalto

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    Harness is even thicker and those are harness.
     
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  10. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    I hadn't even considered bridle vs. harness. In the meantime, I have checked out Equus, and yes, their stuff is very nice, too. Heck - considering the dismal selection I've found in most stores around here (retail-ville, Ontario), any of these suggestions look great, thicker leather or not. I suppose if I'm ever in Toronto, I can check out J Crew, grit.

    KObalto, thank you for that suggestion - more to look at.

    Cheers!
     
  11. razl

    razl Well-Known Member

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    Actually, since it seems you've gravitated to just wanting a better belt - with thinness taking a lesser priority - you should definitely check out Torino Leather here: http://torinoleather.com/

    They occasionally run sales like 20 or 30% off - I think twice a year, usually around the 4th of July and later in the year. I stocked up a couple of years ago on 4 or 5 of their belts and they've all been fantastic. They're already good price for what they are, but with the discount they are a no brainer compared to what you'll find in 98% of retail.
     
  12. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that link - I like some of what I see there. You're right - in the last few days, it's been more in my mind that I should focus first on quality. I've had a couple of big let-downs with mass produced, Made in China - and even Made in the USA (but from a big retail chain) leather products. I know that such products can be well made - but you've got to hunt more, and for the most part, it's not worth spending on cheaply made goods. Give me long-term performance and durability over disposable stuff any day, even if it costs a more (and not really that much more) to begin with. I'm through with the cheap crap, even if it means waiting longer to purchase something.

    Cheers
     
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    I can certainly vouch for Narragansett - as recommended by others - bought two belts from them and I'm glad I did it.
     
  14. razl

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    You're only 5 months and 33 posts in on your SF membership. A post like yours is usually at the 2 year mark or so (assuming everyone starts from the same point which, obviously, isn't true). Regardless, now you're talking :slayer:

    Take a good look at Torino - I think they're a great choice at the intersection of best-bang-for-the-buck. More expensive than the retail stores? Yes, probably by 40-50%'ish. But will last 10x longer and look/wear a heck of a lot better along the way. It's almost a no brainer once you establish the fact that the $20-$50 department store stuff is all crap.

    Since I was in your shoes a couple of years ago, here's a recent SF thread on "who makes the best belts": http://www.styleforum.net/t/236145/who-makes-the-best-belts/0_100

    Oh, and I'll save you some reading; if you want a belt that is all yours, practically a work of art, and created by a true artisan, check out Mark Kelty : http://www.mkelty.com/
     
  15. oneninetyseven

    oneninetyseven Well-Known Member

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    Those are extremely reasonably priced. Thanks! I think I'd seen them earlier, but didn't take a close enough look.
     
  16. oneninetyseven

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    Thank you for your kind words! I've gotten so fed up with the useless...stuff...I've accumulated over the years that from now on, it's quality over quantity. Thanks for that belt thread; I'm going to check it out.

    I don't know where or when, but for some reason, "mkelty" sounds familiar. I never would have thought alligator would be my thing, but some of that leather is much more subtle looking than I imagined it would be. Something to keep in mind for the distant future...

    Best Regards :D
     
  17. PunkinDonuts

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    Thank you for both the Narragansett and Torino suggestions. Now I have some decisions to make (luckily I need both a brown and a black belt)!
     
  18. charliebrown2

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    What's the approximate turnaround time on the Narragansett belts?
     
  19. adala

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    I think junhongbelt’ sHollow design cattle two layers of leather belts is very nice
     

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