Whether being worn for fashion or functional purpose, a quality leather belt is likely to last a life time. However, many real leather belts on the market to buy at retail stores, although, are often a cheaply manufactured, thin layered man-made substance that tends to split and buckle down with regular use. It’s essential that you pay attention to detail when shopping around. Here we look at some of the main differences between the two worlds of leather goods and the genuine article.
Thick leather belts should be thick. The thicker you get, the longer it will last. The thinner belts, as we have just seen, tend to fall apart within a short period usage. Thickness should also depend on the purpose you are wearing your accessory for – is your new belt needed in the kitchen, for work on the farm or on the golf course? A heavy weight leather belt on the farm could be worn all day to protect your hands, while a lighter-weight piece of workmanship could be worn to lunch in office. If you know what type of job you are going to be wearing your accessory for then choose accordingly.
The buckle of leather belts is important. Whilst most are captive by Velcro straps, there are others available that are available without the strap but are made of leather day lung da ca sau. Some people like to wear buckles that can be seen. This is of course only wise if you have an outfit to show off!
Decide whether to get a full ring hole or just a half-ring hole. Full rings are harder to remove and some may say it’s more comfortable to carry around. However, half ring holes are easier to remove and you can still style your leather belt by using a different kind of strap hole. Some of the cheaper full ring holes do not close properly, which means they can come loose over time and leave sharp edges exposed on your clothes. If you intend to use your leather belt a lot then it may be worth getting a clasp. Some come with a leather cleaning loop, so this is a great feature to have.
There are several types of buckles that you can choose from such as: rope, gold filled, snap, vegetable tanning, plain leather buckle. A leather belt is an investment, so make sure you choose the best one you can afford. For example, the rope type buckle can be unfastened and slipped through your pants to the snap buckle needs to be fastened. Some leather belts are decorated with studs which can be removed if you don’t want to display them. Vegetable tanned leather is the best quality as it lasts longer and is much easier to clean then leather that has been coloured.
Plain leather belts look stylish but plain isn’t always better. If you are going for something flashy then you may consider getting something with coloured gemstones such as diamonds or pearls. It is also a good idea to buy a buckle that is made from leather that matches your trousers. Some leather belts have hook and eye fastener fasteners which can be very useful if you tie your trousers together. The choice is all down to you!