I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that it can be ‘much of a muchness’ when it comes to heritage belts. Unless you’re going for something super high-end like a Pigeon Tree belt with a patented quick-release buckle, or a Flat Head belt made of Shinki leather, it’s not worth paying over $100 for a veg-tan leather belt with a metal buckle. There, I said it.
If it’s made well, a belt constructed of decent-grade leather and metal isn’t going anywhere, so you don’t need to go crazy if you just want something handsome to keep your pants ’round your waist. Enter Cordobes Natural Veg-Tan Belt. This pant-securing beauty is everything you need and nothing you don’t. Made in San Mateo Atenco — a town on the outskirts of Mexico City — this belt features a full-grain vegetable-tanned leather strap and your choice of brass or nickel hardware. That’s it.
Best of all? It costs less than $50. Close the myriad of belt-search tabs on your browser, and check out Cordobes to save yourself some coin.
Available for $49 from Cordobes.