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    Default Buying a Professional Attire Leather Belt

    I've mostly been a discount department store clearance belt purchaser. They tend to last a year or two then get worn and creased around the buckle. The best I ever had was a Calvin Klein I paid about $50 for off Amazon. I noticed it was a thicker leather and lasted several years before beginning to look shabby. Anyone recommend tips for choosing a lasting leather belt for professional attire? Does thickness matter? Are 'leather makers' that measure for fit a good idea? Realistically, I doubt I would pay over $100 for a belt. I don't care about the designer name or brand prestige; just something classic, quality, that lasts.
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    Thickness matters, yes. But it has to be genuine leather. Otherwise it could be a mile deep and it would still break. Luckily, here in Brazil one can buy high-end leather products, from more humble brands, for extreme bargain prices. I don't care very much about brands!
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    The grain of the leather will tell you the quality of the leather used. You should never buy a belt that isn’t full grain or top grain. These are the two highest quality types of leather. Genuine leather means it's bonded leather which is scraps of leather glued together and then coated to imitate a grain. Not worth it. Genuine leather breaks down and ages badly. Full grain on the other hand actually improves with age.
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    Apart form all suggestions already mentioned, perhaps also from the brand (a certain patriotism and/or local bias might also be involved admittedly) - being quite affordable, classically versatile and with international purchase options

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    The best price to quality ratio I found is from a Spanish brand called Miguel Bellido. Their belts are made in Spain, and most full leather belts are around 30 - 40 Euros. They are probably the best quality I came across in that price range. I even brought back some more belts on my subsequent holidays in Spain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    The grain of the leather will tell you the quality of the leather used. You should never buy a belt that isn’t full grain or top grain. These are the two highest quality types of leather. Genuine leather means it's bonded leather which is scraps of leather glued together and then coated to imitate a grain. Not worth it. Genuine leather breaks down and ages badly. Full grain on the other hand actually improves with age.
    OMG, when I said "genuine", I only meant that it should be "Real" leather. I never knew of this nomenclature. All my belts are full/top grain. That is what I meant when I said they were high-end. I have belts that I've been using for more than 10 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    The grain of the leather will tell you the quality of the leather used. You should never buy a belt that isn’t full grain or top grain. These are the two highest quality types of leather. Genuine leather means it's bonded leather which is scraps of leather glued together and then coated to imitate a grain. Not worth it. Genuine leather breaks down and ages badly. Full grain on the other hand actually improves with age.
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    Default Re: Buying a Professional Attire Leather Belt

    Looks like great info from hednic!

    No more often than I wear a belt nowadays, I don't need to worry about wearing one out, so I'll pretty much buy anything that I like the looks of and isn't cheap. I'm hardly ever in formal attire these days.

    The only thing I have to remember when buying a belt is to buy it 2 inches bigger than my waist size.
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    Default Re: Buying a Professional Attire Leather Belt

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    The grain of the leather will tell you the quality of the leather used. You should never buy a belt that isn’t full grain or top grain. These are the two highest quality types of leather. Genuine leather means it's bonded leather which is scraps of leather glued together and then coated to imitate a grain. Not worth it. Genuine leather breaks down and ages badly. Full grain on the other hand actually improves with age.
    I did not know that; thank you, Hednic.

    @Nastka, I will look into Miguel Bellido. Thank you.

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    Default Re: Buying a Professional Attire Leather Belt

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrei Bolkonsky View Post
    OMG, when I said "genuine", I only meant that it should be "Real" leather. I never knew of this nomenclature. All my belts are full/top grain. That is what I meant when I said they were high-end. I have belts that I've been using for more than 10 years.
    He's just helping out. Lol....it's good knowledge to have when belt shopping. And especially furniture shopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    The grain of the leather will tell you the quality of the leather used. You should never buy a belt that isn’t full grain or top grain. These are the two highest quality types of leather. Genuine leather means it's bonded leather which is scraps of leather glued together and then coated to imitate a grain. Not worth it. Genuine leather breaks down and ages badly. Full grain on the other hand actually improves with age.
    This! I first learned this while furniture shopping. NEVER buy bonded 'genuine' leather for furniture. Or belts. If you want your furniture to last, buy the real deal.
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