The Best Leather Belts for Men

Choose between brown, black and tan leather.
Choose between brown, black and tan leather. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Whether it’s to hold up your pants or copy a high-end fashion look, a leather belt can be both practical and stylish. Choosing the right belt always depends on your taste in color, look and style. Consider a personalized, handmade braided belt or one from a designer label. Either way, you can then add extra style and color to your leather belt with a personalized buckle.

Designer Leather Belts

If you have a bigger budget to spend on accessories, then splurge on a designer belt. Not only are high-end belts made with better-quality and stronger materials, but they also are designed in the style of the latest catwalk trends. For a standard brown leather belt, you might consider a Lee Hand Stitched Detail Belt, which comes with a tarnished burnt brown finish and intricate stitching. For a black belt, you could try an Edwin Mascot Belt with a silver brushed-metal stud covering or a HUGO Boss Plaque Buckle Leather Belt which costs -- as of October 2010 -- approximately $100.

Handmade Braided Belts

Handmade braided belts add a splatter of color to an otherwise plain brown or black leather belt. They also add texture and pattern. Companies, such as Caballo Belts, sell bespoke-tailored belts made by hand. These unique handmade braided belts come in a variety of designs and colors and are themed on the great outdoors. For example, one belt is braided in the colors and pattern of the brown trout -- yellow, red, brown and black -- and another is designed as a mountainous landscape. Each belt is made from 4,000 hand-loomed glass beads. Prices start -- as of October 2010 -- at $350.

Belt Buckles

If you ever bought a leather belt with a detachable buckle, then you might consider investing in some new buckles to match your personal taste and style. It could be a belt buckle that represents a personal hobby. For example, if you like music, you could get a buckle of your favorite artist or band. Alternatively, you could buy a buckle that suits your personal style. The buckle could be anything from a large, extravagant and jewel-encrusted buckle to a subtle, unassuming and smaller one. Either way, ensure that the buckle matches the belt connection. Some buckles have a ring to slip through the belt end while others need to be manually screwed into the leather.

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