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.
Whether they’re embossed, studded, or tooled, a Decorated Leather Belt can make any workwear outfit, particularly those that are western inspired, look that much better. While this style certainly isn’t for everyone, and even those that appreciate it are unlikely to wear a decorated belt daily, we love the variety that comes with it and wanted to highlight some of the most interesting pieces out there.
1) Stevenson Overall: Narrow Belt with Studs
While prohibitively expensive for most of us, Stevenson Overall’s Narrow Belt with Studs shows just what can be accomplished when you remove financial barriers and focus on quality and design. This belt is made from a thick, 1″ wide veg-tan strip that has been dyed and processed to appear more like vintage belts before being adorned with silver conchos and glass domes. These belts are finished with brass roller buckle with built-in strap keep.
Available for $630 from Clutch Cafe.
2) Sugar Cane: Studded Offset Belt
If you are interested in a decorated leather belt that is just a bit more calm then Sugar Cane’s Studded Offset belt might be right up your alley. These belts are made from 4mm thick 1.5″ veg-tan straps and feature a steel garrison buckle as well as domed, steel studs. Finished with an and English Point strap end, these belts are available in both black undyed veg-tan varieties.
Available for $190 from Self Edge.
3) Tanner Goods: Standard Belt Natural Geoglyph
Tanner Goods‘ Standard Belt in Natural Geoglyph is ideal for anyone looking to add a bit of interest with their next belt without it being the primary focus of an outfit. It’s made from an 11oz. veg-tan strap that has been embossed with geometric pattern and finished with a copper roller buckle. While all natural, veg-tan belts look better with age, the embossed pattern present on this one will look more and more pronounced as you break in this belt.
Available for $151 from Son of a Stag.
4) ArtBrown: Studded Tochigi Leather Belt
ArtBrown’s Studded Tochigi Leather Belt is another great option if you’re looking for a belt that is heavily decorated. This 40mm wide belt made from Tochigi veg-tan leather features both pyramid and domed studs as well as a matching, octagonal buckle. In addition, this belt features inlaid Python leather that will age alongside the primary veg-tan strap.
Available for $134 from Denimio.
5) Pherrow’s: SSB-3 Embossed Belt
Similar to the Tanner Goods belt above, Pherrow’s SSB-3 Embossed Belt is another understated option for those who just want a bit of flair to an otherwise everyday belt. It features a basket weave inspired embossing, which is a classic pattern used on a wide range of leather goods. Completed with teardrop punches and a polished garrison buckle, this is the kind of belt you’ll find yourself reaching for every morning regardless of if you want the added decoration added to your outfit.
Available for ¥17,600 from Pherrow’s.
Plus One – RRL: Hand Tooled Leather Belt in Indigo
While yes, many of the belts on this list are quite unique, RRL’s Hand Tooled Leather Belt in Indigo is unlike anything else on the market. Featuring a hand-tooled pattern, which is rare enough for a mass produced product, the indigo dye and embossed buckle really set this belt apart. While it will take a special person to give this belt a good home, it’s a great looking piece that will make the right wardrobe looking even better.
Available for $295 from Blue Owl.