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Belt Maintenance

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LEVOOSH, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. LEVOOSH

    LEVOOSH Senior member

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    I have never invested in a high end dress belt before (over $100) but am highly considering it as my new job is making the prospect of nicer accessories a possibility. However, I am hesitant as I have always had a problem with belts wearing out within 6 months of purchase. I usually have 3-4 dress belts in rotation at anytime, 1 dark brown 1 black 1 lighter brown, etc. with the dark brown and black getting the heaviest wear. The problems I am encountering are severe wear on the most used notches and heavy scuffing from the regular buckle placement.

    Is the quick wearing simply a function of buying lower end belts (BR, Zara) or is there a proper way to maintain, shine or otherwise keep belts for longer. As it is really another leather good I would expect that there is something I just don't know.


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  2. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    belt 'maintenance' is more for cheaper belts like you mentioned. i always found that they dont last too long. a nice qualitative one will last you a long time. i never had to maintain it in any way besides try not to abuse it or misuse it.
     
  3. oshinex

    oshinex Senior member

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    Invest in a good belt (most likely expensive). they usually don't have such severe wear issues as you describe. But a belt will show signs of wear no matter what.
     
  4. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    lot of cheaper belts hide a piece of 'cardboard' or some mesh non leather material inside so it is not solid leather. because of that piece alot of cheaper belts break down early.
     
  5. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Invest in a good belt (most likely expensive). they usually don't have such severe wear issues as you describe. But a belt will show signs of wear no matter what.
    Good belts last a very long time without showing many signs of wear.
     
  6. viator

    viator Senior member

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    Any recommendations?
     
  7. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    Any recommendations?

    for dress belts you can find a variety of Allen edmonds belts at your local nordstrom rack for a good decent cheap price. it may be hit or miss at these racks though
     
  8. constant struggle

    constant struggle Senior member

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    i've had issues with allen edmonds belts... the one im wearing right now might have to be retired to casual use it is so beat up after using for almost 2 years...
     
  9. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    i've had issues with allen edmonds belts... the one im wearing right now might have to be retired to casual use it is so beat up after using for almost 2 years...

    hmm that is interesting. good to know.
     
  10. OyezDC

    OyezDC Well-Known Member

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    i've had issues with allen edmonds belts... the one im wearing right now might have to be retired to casual use it is so beat up after using for almost 2 years...

    I agree re AE belts. Mine have also worn out prematurely.
     
  11. Marton

    Marton Active Member

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    real leather belts and non of those leather over other material belts.
    I have this old Valentino belt that's been with me for a couple years now. It still looks good albeit a few extra holes i've had to punch in since i've lost a couple of pounds.
     
  12. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    I moisturize my belts twice a year. Some Lexol (or leather lotion/conditioner) on a cloth.
    Not too much, as I only make the cloth moist not drenched.
    Slide the entire belt through the cloth. It takes 1 second per belt.
    I do mine in this order: Tans, Browns, Blacks; lightest to darkest.
    Another point of maintenance is that some belts after some use will bend in the middle.
    What I do to prevent this is to alternate how I loop the belt. One day one left, next time right.
    Lastly, I also alternate holes on the belt. One time snug (or perfect fit), the next time looser.
    Or, if I know I will be sitting at my desk for extended periods of time I loosen 1 notch.
    Loosen 1 notch after a big lunch (or better yet, avoid big lunches) and walk 15min after eating.
    For storage I roll my belts making a fist, then rolling around my fist, then 'relaxing' the rolled belt so it's not too tight.
    Maybe my methods are not for everyone but this is what I do.
    My oldest belt is ~16 yrs old, an old steer hide job.
     
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  13. LEVOOSH

    LEVOOSH Senior member

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    Thanks - very helpful.

    I had a general idea that it was because the belts were cheaper that they were degrading.

    Interesting to note that you switch looping directions. i tried it yesterday with a belt that I had been wearing for a while that was already bent and it made my pants sit extremely awkwardly in the back. I guess you have to do it from right after purchase.
     

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