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A Guide to Menís Belts

Friday, 28 March 2014  |  Admin

Many men just wear a belt as a means of keeping their trousers in place, instead belts should be viewed as a great fashion accessory and as important as wearing a smart pair of shoes. In this article we will provide a complete guide to men’s belts.

Leather belts
Have you ever thought that Men’s leather belts were all the same? Well think again! Leather belts are produced in a variety of different ways, which is why the quality of leather belts fluctuates so much. Take a look at some of the different types of leather belts below.

Synthetic leather belts
To put it simply, synthetic leather belts are made from imitation leather. The material is created using different polymers and fibres to create the feel of leather. Whilst synthetic leather belts are not the most durable choice, they are very affordably priced.

Bonded leather belts
Bonded leather belts are one hundred per cent real leather, though they are not considered as high quality as genuine and full grain leather belts. This is because bonded leather is made from waste scraps of unwanted leather from other products. All of the little fibres are glued together and then covered to give them a smooth finish.

Genuine leather belts
Many people consider genuine leather belts to be the highest quality choice available, though that isn’t entirely accurate. These belts are made from one hundred per cent leather, however sometimes the under layers of the belt will be made of leather scraps. The outer layers tend to be covered with a top grain leather surface to give them a luxury finish.

Full grain leather belts
Are you looking for the best quality leather belt that is available? Then you’ll need to invest in a full grain leather belt. Full grain leather belts are made from natural leather (the top layer of the animal’s skin). This type of leather is considered the best quality due to its high levels of durability and luxury aesthetic appeal. Although scratches and marks may appear over time, this is what gives full grain leather belts its unique character as no two belts will be ever exactly the same.

Choosing the right belt for you
With so many leather belts to choose from, it can be hard to decide on the perfect one for you. It is a good idea to think about how often you will be wearing your belt. If you only wear a belt very occasionally, then you are probably better off picking up a cheaper synthetic belt, however if you need a belt for every day wear, a genuine or full grain leather belt will make a fantastic choice.


Other types of Trouser Belts include:

Ratchet Belts
Ratchet belts are belts with no-holes and are easy to adjust and fit, they are also sometimes called auto-belts. Instead they use a mechanism which ‘ratchets down’ to the desired size and then locks into place using metal teeth and magnets. Ratchet leather belts offer a great look, perfect fit and high durability (you won’t ever have to worry about there being gaping holes or stretch marks on the belt).


Elastic Belts
Elastic belts are designed with comfort in mind and are extremely popular. Whereas traditional leather belts have buckle pins which fit into the pre defined belt holes, the elastic webbing belts sold by Gents Shop have pins which simply fit into the webbing. The fact they are elasticated and that the pin fits directly into the webbing at a point of your choosing on the belt means you can benefit from a comfortable, precise and snug fit. 

Sometimes Elastic Belts are referred to as Stretch Belts.

Reversible belts
Reversible leather belts are usually black on one side and brown on the other. These are great if you only want to own one belt for all occasions as you can wear the black side showing for smart outfits and the brown side showing for casual weekend outfits. Simply flip it over, fasten it and voila - you’re done!

Exotic belts
If you are feeling really adventurous you could try wearing an exotic style leather belt. These belts are made of rare animal leathers such as alligator, crocodile, ostrich or snake, etc. These look great and are designed for casual wear; a main drawback is that they are usually very expensive.

Today belts aren’t just for holding your trousers up, but are a fully-fledged fashion accessory in their own right!