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23 Men’s Belt Brands To Invest In Right Now

Time to buckle up…

More than a device that holds up your trousers, belts are one of the foundational accessory styles for men – up there with ties, watches and pocket squares. But many men, much to error of the cheap brands doing a bad belt nowadays, get it so wrong.

While the best ones are hard to find – and when you do, they either break or wear too quick that you wish you’d bought two, it need not be this way. From the timeless to the trend-lead, here are the best mens belts this season. Some expensive. Some cheap. But all worthy of an occasion to be worn. Belt-up.

Anderson’s

Anderson’s have been making high quality belts since 1966. They are made by some of the world’s finest leather artisans in Parma, Italy, ensuring both quality and durability. They have a wide range of formal and casual belts in an array of colours and materials.

Anderson's Multi Woven Elastic Belt in Navy
Multi Woven Elastic Belt in Navy $160

Kreis

If your looking for a clinical belt to match your equally clinical BMW then Kreis is the belt brand for you. Kreis has been crafting high quality belts from calf-suede and other exotic materials since 1963. This black number will sharpen up any outfit.

Kreis Suede Belt in Black
Suede Belt In Black $280

Bally

Bally is a swiss brand synonymous with simple and paired back yet extremely high quality leather goods. Their famous stripe pattern in either black and white or red and white along with their black and brown leathers makes all of their pieces are timeless and elegant. This reversible belt is perfect for someone looking for a big brand casual belt that doesn’t shout.

Bally Tonnil Men's Leather Reversible Belt in Black
Leather Reversible Belt In Black $405

1017 ALYX 9SM

Whilst 1017 ALYX 9SM doesn’t have the heritage of some of the other brands, their cutting edge ‘technical’ designs from LA are setting them apart in the belt market. If you’re looking for something rugged with a function over form ethos then these belts are for you.

1017 ALYX 9SM Rollercoaster Belt
Black And Silver Rollercoaster Belt $419

RM Williams

Skilled craftsmen produce beautifully handmade R.M. Williams leather belts in their Adelaide workshop. Their belts offer a range of belts from intricate hand-plaited kangaroo leather belts to heritage inspired canvas and leather belts, made to look good age with character and perform even better paired with R.M.Williams jeans and trousers.

1 1/2″ Covered Belt Buckle $100

Polo Ralph Lauren

Having pioneered the ‘Preppy’ style, Polo Ralph Lauren sure knows how to make a belt. With various different ‘Athletic’ patterns, it’s perfect for summer and looks sharp with jeans or chinos. The tan leather ends make it a no-brainer with chino shorts, knitted polo and boat shoes or suede loafers. Prepare yourself (and others) to look perfectly preppy.

Polo Ralph Lauren Varsity Patchwork Belt
Varsity Patchwork Belt $109

APC

If your on a pursuit to look like a Parisian, then APC belt will not let you down. Their plain styling and focus on quality, cements their belts as a piece that will last a lifetime. This timeless piece is a design classic and integral to any man’s wardrobe.

A.P.C. Classic Paris Belt
Classic Paris Belt Coffee $229

G-Star

Dutch made and designed G-Star is our go-to brand when you want cool and affordable belts for more casual menswear occasions.

Ladd Belt In Tan $70

Gucci

Not for the style shy, Gucci’s gargantuan ‘GG’ monogram belt is your go-to for lovers of luxury, and for those who want onlookers to know it. But, there’s nothing trashy about this Made In Italy masterpiece: the burnished-gold buckle and buttery leather crafted perfect in size to be worn with easy-go jeans. Gucci wants to give off a laid-back louche look, not ridin’ cowboy.

Gucci 4cm Dark Brown Full Grain Leather Belt
4cm Dark-Brown Full-Grain Leather Belt $950

Tom Ford

Tom Ford doesn’t do things by the book. If your looking for something bold and powerful like Tom Ford’s Lapels – Voila – the New York designer’s T Icon Belt – in reference to the brand’s iconic typography, comes in calfskin leather and is reversible. The dark-brown side is finished with a polished gold ‘T’ buckle, while the black face has a simple and understated bar but boasts a grained finish.

Tom Ford 4cm Black and Brown Reversible Full Grain Leather Belt
4 cm Black And Brown Reversible Full-Grain Leather Belt $950

Dunhill

Dunhill, a name distinctly British is an icon when it comes to paired back, refined design. Their elegant, somewhat motoring inspired pieces hark back to an era where simple design was appreciated over all else. This reversible black and navy number is likely to get double the mileage of other belts and is worthy of its hefty price tag.

Dunhill 3.5cm Black and Midnight Blue Reversible Full Grain Leather Belt
3.5cm Black And Midnight-Blue Reversible Full-Grain Leather Belt $450

Loro Piana

Whilst famous for their ultra luxurious fabrics, Loro Piana know a thing or two about belts as well. This navy suede belt is the definition of ‘Smart casual’ and wouldn’t look astray on under full sail or at the office. Pair with some quality chinos and you are well on your way to becoming the office fashionista.

Loro Piana 3.5cm Navy Suede Belt
3.5cm Navy Suede Belt $610

Bottega Venetta

Sprezzatura! To inject a little classic Italian style into your wardrobe, try the Intrecciato belt by Bottega Veneta. The Milan label’s signature Intrecciato weave is the feature in this piece, crafted for texture in a rich army green leather and black metal buckle. This one is best kept for casual occasions and is quite a statement piece (In a good way).

Bottega Veneta 4cm Army Green Intrecciato Leather Belt
4cm Army-Green Intrecciato Leather Belt $1,075

Mulberry

Mulberry, famous for their superb leather bags inject a sense of modern, powerful masculinity into everything they make. This timeless woven leather belt in brown with a gold buckle doesn’t look too dissimilar to something JFK would have rocked during his era. Pair with some great trousers and an elegant brown loafer.

Mulberry 4cm Brown Woven Leather Belt
4cm Brown Woven Leather Belt $356

Salvatore Ferragamo

The Salvatore Ferragmo double ‘Gancino’ belt has become a fashion icon in recent decades and will suit a multitude of different styles. This piece will not be going out of fashion anytime soon.

Salvatore Ferragamo Double Gancino Belt
Double Gancino Belt $487

Off-White

Calling all Hypebeasts. This is the belt for you. Whilst were not entirely sold on this number, it has Virgil Abloh’s signature industrial design cues that give it a real utilitarian feel. Having been made in Italy it is of a high quality that will stand the test of time, even if it goes out of fashion. If you’re looking for something a little more paired back try the black or blue versions of the belt. Wear Carefully! This belt is not for the faint of hearted.

Off-White Industrial Belt Yellow
Industrial Belt $239

Berluti

Originating in bespoke footwear, Berluti has masterfully transitioned into ready-to-wear items that are simply of the highest quality. This dark green number is bold yet understated, for a gentleman who appreciates quality and style.

Berluti 3.5cm Green Classic Leather Belt
3.5cm Green Classic Leather Belt $830

Ermenegildo Zegna

Whilst you may not be able to pronounce their name, you’re sure to recognise the refinement of Ermenegildo Zegna’s products. Their belts range from under-the-radar black and brown to this extravagant Blue example in the brands signature Pelle Tessta weave.

Ermenegildo Zegna 3.5cm Blue Pelle Tessuta Leather Belt
3.5cm Blue Pelle Tessuta Leather Belt $856

Tod’s

If you’re the sort of fellow who cannot get enough of Tod’s Gommino driving shoes, why not get the belt to match? These traditionally woven suede belts are guaranteed to pair perfectly with your driving shoes for that Sunday Afternoon spin in the Jaggggg…

Tod's 3.5cm Tan Woven Suede Belt
3.5cm Tan Woven Suede Belt $490

Canali

A long established authority in formalwear, Canali should be your go to for any ‘polished’ look. This beige nubuck example is casual yet sophisticated.

Canali 3.5cm Beige Nubuck Belt
3.5cm Beige Nubuck Belt $280

Saturdays NYC

If you find yourself up at the crack of dawn to dress in neoprene and ride waves, your probably already aware of Saturdays NYC. Their surf inspired collections blend casual-refinement and are popular with those who live the ‘beach’ lifestyle. This navy example wouldn’t go-a-miss on the high streets of Byron Bay or at after dinner drinks.

Saturdays NYC Rockaway Belt Indigo
Rockaway Belt – Indigo $85

All Saints

All Saints’ belts brew a mixture of bikie gang and cowboy cool. This studded number is perfect for those of your headed to Coachella.

All Saints Zephyr Stud Leather Belt
Zephyr Stud Leather Belt $164

Fendi

If you’d like to rock Fendi’s iconic logo but don’t want to look like a flog, their belts might be the solution. This example displays the Fendi logo on a brown webbing material with a gold buckle.

Fendi 3.5cm Brown Webbing and Leather Belt
Brown Webbing And Leather Belt $545

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