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Where can I find those natural style belts people wear with raw deimn?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by CityofAngles, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    The counterargument, of course, is that you've already spent $300 on jeans, so why skimp on the accessories? You may as well have the best. A beautiful piece of leather, a unique buckle - these are things worth paying for. Yes, they just hold up your pants. Or you don't even need them for that. But, then just buy your suits at Jos A Banks and your shirts at TJ Maxx.
     
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  2. Guus

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    But 300$? Come on, that is a bit too much IMO.
     
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    Of course you want the best. But I'm not convinced that there is much (or any) quality difference between 100-300$ range. Would much rather have three tanner belts.
     
  4. LA Guy

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    Tanner belts are nice for the price, but there is definitely a difference in the make and leather quality between that and a Kicking Mule belt, for example. That said, there are some very well done belts (though they are definitely basic) at the $100-$150 mark. I personally really like the Yuketen cordovan belts, and Mismo makes some great belts at $120 or so, though they are not as thick as some of the belts mentioned here. You can get a really supple belt from 45rpm for about $150.

    Like all things, if utility is your only criterion, it is pretty easy to meet, and the point of diminishing returns is hit pretty fast (I'd say, at about $150-$175). It really depends on your value system. For example, I care nothing for cars. For me, a car is just a vehicle that gets me from point A to point B, safely. So a Honda Civic is just as good as a Ferrari. tbh, I cannot name a single model of Ferrari. But for leather goods... well, I love leather goods.

    If you want a really good belt, get a top of the line one custom made, from Equus (an affiliate of ours, see their thread in MC. There is a link in the right hand column).
     
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    makes sense. I am the same with cars
     
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    I've been wearing this Strike Gold belt for a year.
    I can't recommend highly enough, it has darkened up and taken a beautiful patina over time.
    I think $200 isn't cheap for a belt but seeing as it will probably outlast me, the price is perfectly fair.
    I struggle to think how a similar belt could be improved upon for more money.
     
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    I wear my Dries croc belt with raws. Weird or not? It all depends your style, look and belt of course.
     
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  9. LA Guy

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    Well, it could be stitched instead of riveted, for one. You may argue about stylistic merits, but handstitching is more expensive, and more durable, with more distributed stress. You could also have a more distinctive, or a hand forged and hammered buckle. Or a buckle from a more precious metal. I have belts with sterling silver buckles, for example. You could have better finished edges - again, a stylistic consideration, but it's not debatable that a better edge finishing would be more labor intensive. Like I said before, if utility is your only criterion, it's easy to say what you just said. Otherwise, it's nearly impossible to make that statement.
     

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