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    The search for the perfect belt



    I need a new belt. I am very happy with my wardrobe at the moment, but for work I'm using an $8 reversable gap belt. It is (supposedly) leather but I want something that looks a little better.


    In particular I'm looking for something brown that will go with (but not perfectly match) my Walnut Strands. I realize I could drop $90 at AE on a matching belt, but nothing strikes me, especially at that price, and I want something just a little darker and more versatile. Primer had a decent looking Perry Ellis belt on a recent "Get-up" post but wasn't available in my size (30 waist).


    I also plan on wearing this thing 4 days a week so good leather is a plus and I'm willing to spend more than $8 on it.


    #2


    It's not cheap, but there's this:


    http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/catalog/product.jsp?catId=100&productId=663745&productGrou p=663744&cp=plas&utm_source=plas&utm_medium=cse&ut m_term=keyword&utm_content=campaign&utm_campaign=e


    If you're a 30 waist, you'll want a 32 belt. Always size up by 2 inches so you'll hit the middle notch.

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      #3


      This:

      http://www.equusleather.co.uk/index.php/Bakers-of-Colyton-Leather-Belts/Australian-Nut-Oak-Bark-Belt/flypage.tpl.html


      I'm actually wearing it right now. You can customize the width, keeper, roller, buckle, etc., so it will be exactly what you want. 66 GBP = about $105 but then they deduct the VAT (20%) if you're shipping to the US and you can knock another 10% off with the code StyleForum10%.


      It's one thick piece of supple leather so you don't ever have to worry about the belt separating like you do with a belt sewn together from two pieces. I've had mine a year and a half or so and I probably wear it 4 or 5 times a week. It's not cheap, but in terms of value it's one of the best purchases I've ever made.


      They will custom make it for you so it takes about a month for delivery. As Alan said size up 2" from your pants size. Here's their sizing guide:

      http://www.equusleather.co.uk/index....ing-Guide.html

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        #4


        Wear the shoes, go to Nordstram Rack or TJ Maxx and start trying to match them up.


        I have the Walnut belt from AE, the Everyday Dress Belt or whatever the heck it is called. It is around $95. It is not dead on in terms of color to my Walnut Cliftons. It is a slightly darker shade of the walnut color. With belts, just a near shade will get the job done because it is hard for the human eye to compute the slight difference in shade at a glance given the distance that separates your belts and shoes. Even me inspecting in the mirror with my shoes/belt on, its hard to tell the difference.


        If you do splurge on the AE belt, it got some negative reviews on the site but so far I like the belt a lot. Very quality, thick belt. I think I may get one of each shade eventually lol. I already bought the one in Chili and Burgundy as well. Same deal with the Walnut in that they are not the exact same shade as the leather of the shoes.

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          #5


          I've been looking for a nice center bar belt, found this.


          http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=5l00


          Of course it's unavailable.

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            #6


            Look at Orion Leather Belts, I have found they have some good ones.

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              #7


              Maycy's always has a ton of Perry Ellis belts. This sounds like what you're looking for:


              http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/perry-ellis-belt-full-grain-leather-belt?ID=604917


              About $25 with 25% off automatically and code: SHINE

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                #8


                The one that is listed as Brown here is a perfect match to the Walnut Srands:

                http://www.lordandtaylor.com/eng/Men...dtaylor/140329

                It's lighter and closer to the AE Walnut color in person.

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                  #9


                  Found this on a reputable site but I don't remember where. I haven't bought one but I'm planning on it when it's time for a new belt.


                  http://elizab.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?S..._Code=aj-belts

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