Affordable Leather Belts vs Braided Belts

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  1. BuffaloWang

    BuffaloWang Senior member

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    You can also look into getting a custom belt. There are tons of guys out there who make gun holsters who do belts as well. They tend to be double thickness but the guy who made mine would make pretty much any style. They may not be as refined as others but the leather is top quality and they will last forever.

    How much do these run around?
    Anyone you can refer me to?
     


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    Not true. I picked up a pair of braided leather belts to wear with jeans for around $20.
    At the time, about six months ago, I compared with similar belts from Brooks Brothers,
    which were over $120. I really couldn't tell the difference. I wear jeans at least 4-5 days/week.

    http://www1.macys.com/catalog/produc...D6%26spc%3D310

    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatP...=&sectionsize=


    That looks pretty nice and fits right into my budget. Might call my local Macy's and see if they carry.
    Think I might opt for this.

    I guess Braided > Leather for now?
    Unless I can find a similar Tanner Goods Double Tongue for around $20.
     


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    If I had my druthers, I'd get it without a brass buckle.
     


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    If I had my druthers, I'd get it without a brass buckle.

    I would too. But that'll probably raise the price to the hand-crafted
    category.
     


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    Braided belt with no buckle?
    I can take it off :p. LOL could you?
     


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    I would too. But that'll probably raise the price to the hand-crafted
    category.


    I doubt it'd be too hard to find on in steel.
     


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    I'll head to Macy's and take a look. See what's there and post back.
    Any recommendations for looking around? :p
     


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    As someone who works at macys, do not buy club room belts. They're made with the worst quality bonded leather and will fall apart after about five uses.

    e: honestly all of the belts suck there though, because macys is a terrible store.
     


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    I doubt it'd be too hard to find on in steel.

    What I meant is a leather or leather covered buckle, with only
    the prong in metal. I've seen these, I am not sure where, at
    prices which were much higher than Macys or even Brooks.
     


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    As someone who works at macys, do not buy club room belts. They're made with the worst quality bonded leather and will fall apart after about five uses.

    e: honestly all of the belts suck there though, because macys is a terrible store.


    Funny you should mention this, my current Club Room Belts(s) were in exchange for a Nautica
    Braided belt that fell apart in a very short time.

    http://www1.macys.com/catalog/produc...D4%26spc%3D313

    So, far I have been lucky with the Club Room belts. I've been wearing mine for over six months
    at least five times a week. As far as my personal clothing bona fides, I only buy underwear and
    cheap belts at Macys. My current tailored clothing is high-end RTW: Belvest, Isaia, Battistoni.
    I wear T&A, H&K, H&H shirts, etc.
     


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    Funny you should mention this, my current Club Room Belts(s) were in exchange for a Nautica
    Braided belt that fell apart in a very short time.

    http://www1.macys.com/catalog/produc...D4%26spc%3D313

    So, far I have been lucky with the Club Room belts. I've been wearing mine for over six months
    at least five times a week. As far as my personal clothing bona fides, I only buy underwear and
    cheap belts at Macys. My current tailored clothing is high-end RTW: Belvest, Isaia, Battistoni.
    I wear T&A, H&K, H&H shirts, etc.


    Well, in the interests of full disclosure, I just noticed that the Club Room belt which I have been
    wearing since last Fall is starting to disintegrate. This poses a practical and moral dilemma. I
    usually worship quality... not necessarily the hand work and other fetishes that pervade this forum,
    but clothes which are well-made and last. For example, the shirt I wore to the last meet up
    was purchased in London about ten years ago. The tie I wore with it was inherited and about
    thirty years old. Admittedly, one of the reasons that my clothes last is that I wear jeans
    and the like most of the time, which wasn't the case a decade ago. Nevertheless, do I get
    more of these belts which cost less than a haircut, or do I spend multiples more at Brooks
    Bros, a store whose quality, in my personal experience, has plummeted in the last 10-15 years,
    for a belt that will fall apart after a year or two instead of eight months.
     


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    Nevertheless, do I get
    more of these belts which cost less than a haircut, or do I spend multiples more at Brooks
    Bros, a store whose quality, in my personal experience, has plummeted in the last 10-15 years,
    for a belt that will fall apart after a year or two instead of eight months.


    I give you option #3: neither! There are better belts than Brooks Brothers' belts, which still cost less than BB. Get those instead.
     


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    I give you option #3: neither! There are better belts than Brooks Brothers' belts, which still cost less than BB. Get those instead.

    For braided leather belts, where do you suggest?
     


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    For braided leather belts, where do you suggest?

    I recommend Anderson's, but you can only get them overseas. Even with shipping, its costs the same as Brooks Brothers but of far better quality.
     


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