Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Belts help to complete any outfit, and while you could wear your patina-ed, veg-tanned belt year round a suede belt is a fun way to mix things up. Working well with both shorts and chinos, a suede belt is a great way to add color to your outfit or match your favorite summertime loafers.
1) Meermin: Suede Belt
Meermin’s Suede Belt is a cost effective way to enter the world of suede belts. Perfect for that Sunday brunch out, these belts are available in a wide range of tan/brown tones making them easy to match to whatever shoe collection you have. They’re 35mm wide, fully stitched to a veg tanned lining, and finished with a simple buckle and belt keep.
Available for $50+ from Meermin.
2) Red Wing: Muleskinner Leather Belt in Hawthorne
Red Wing’s Muleskinner Leather Belt is definitely the most rugged of the belts on this list, and also the only one that’s not technically a suede. Due to the fact that this belt features the grain side of the leather on the underside, this belt is more accurately described as a roughout. It’s also 8-9oz. thick, 1.5″ wide, and ideally suited for jean wear given its rougher design decisions: non-stitched edges, a brass roller buckle, and burnished edges.
Available for $95 from Blue Owl.
3) Kreis: Suede Belt
If you know you love suede belts and are looking for a beautiful, new piece to add to your collection then Kreis‘ Suede Belt should be a serious consideration for you. Available in several colors, these belts are made in Germany with a fully-stitched on lining, 35mm thickness, and brushed nickel buckle. Just be careful or before you know it you’ll have a full collection of Kreis’ belts.
Available for $190 from Leffot.
4) Alden: Suede Belt
If you are looking for a Suede Belt to go with your favorite pair of summer shoes, and those shoe’s just happen to be Alden’s, then you’re in luck: Alden offers belt in three of the leathers used for their footwear. That said, these belts would match well with a ton of shoes from other brands, some of which utilize the exact same leathers. While a bit on the pricey side these 35mm belts are made from calf leather, fully stitched, and completed with a nickel buckle.
Available for 195CAD from Lost & Found.
5) Löf & Tung: Suede Belt
Löf & Tung has been gaining in popularity among shoe fanatics over the last few years, so it makes sense that they have some great belts as well. Their Suede Belt is available in several colors, and is Made in Spain to ensure great quality. It’s made in a 30mm width, which works very well with dressier outfits, and features tonal stitching, a burnished edge, and a polished buckle.
Available for €96 from Skoaktiebolaget.
Plus One – Anderson’s: Woven Suede Belt
While I love suede belts as much as the next person, Anderson’s Woven Suede Belt is just on a whole ‘nother level. It’s made in Italy from strips of calf suede and finished with a silver, circular buckle and belt keeper. While this model is only available in brown and navy, a similar belt with a slightly different buckle shape is available in additional colors.
Available for $225+ from Mr. Porter.