10 Best Belts For Men (Casual & Dress) That Look Great

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A belt is one of those purchases that are typically made off the cuff and only when you are in a pinch.

But here’s the deal:

Belts are another way to express your sense of style in a subtle, yet powerful way.

Not knowing when to wear the right type of belt will lead you to commit a fashion faux pas that makes it easier for others to take notice, and it also may just simply look downright bad.

A quality belt should not only serve its intended style application well (i.e. dress vs. casually), but it should also be made from quality materials that won’t break down in months, looks great, and has the right balance between buckle size, belt width, and color choices – like the Red Wing Heritage Pioneer men’s belt.

Here’s a look at the finest men’s belts currently available.

Reviews Of The Best Belts For Men

1. Pioneer Belt by Red Wing Heritage

Materials: 100% Premium Full Grain Leather | Buckle:  Single Prong | Color Variants: 3 | Sizes Available: 5

Do one thing and do it really well—and that couldn’t hold truer when it comes to the Red Wing Heritage Company.

Known for their flagship boots that will last a lifetime, they bring this same craftsmanship to their Pioneer Belt.

From the onset, this belt looks boring–truly; it’s just a strip of leather with a plain brass buckle.

But it’s when you jump into the details do you fully appreciate the craftsmanship behind the scenes.

Built from premium full-grain leather that has been sourced from the SB Foot Tannery, this leather was tanned in a way that not only delivers incredible strength, but will simply get better with time.

At a comfortable 1.5″ belt width and hand-burnished edges that are slightly rounded, the belt won’t ever feel uncomfortable while wearing; in fact, just the opposite.

Just like a proper pair of Red Wing Heritage shoes, this belt will continue to darken and get better with age.

Pros

  • Best leather belt money can buy
  • No frills and will feel comfortable while wearing
  • Made in the USA

Cons

  • It’s expensive (but worth it)

What You Need To Know

If you want a no-frills belt that will last a lifetime, this is the one.  It’s made from the highest grade of leather and will only get better with time.  In addition, the belt is made in the USA.

2. Allen-Edmonds Men’s Manistee

Materials: 100% Full Grain Leather | Buckle:  Single Prong | Color Variants: 3 | Sizes Available: 7

For the men who are wearing a quality pair of dress pants on a daily basis and are looking for a belt that will withstand the daily wear and tear, then the best pick for you will be the Manistee by Allen Edmonds.

Beloved by men primarily for their incredible leather dress shoes, the Manistee full grain leather belt is the perfect, yet functional, accessory to your wardrobe.

At 1.5″ wide, it’s rather wide for a dress belt but one that will feel comfortable all day long, especially if you are sitting in back-to-back meetings.

While the materials in this belt should easily last you a decade, the buckle itself is also of timeless design that will never fall out of style with the trends.

Polished silver, it provides a clean and neutral accent that can easily complement any color blazers, trousers, or non-iron dress shirts that you are wearing.

Like all full-grain leather products, color choices will be limited.  With the Manistee, you can choose between three different colors (Black, Walnut, Brown) and 7 waist sizes (32″ to 44″).

Pros

  • Full grain leather
  • The design is timeless and clean
  • Made in the USA
  • Perfect for the men who need to dress up every day for work

Cons

  • Size selection somewhat limited for larger men

What You Need To Know

If you want quality and don’t mind paying a bit extra for a dress belt, this full grain leather belt by Allen Edmonds is a great pick.

3. 2-Ply Tactical Cobra Belt by Klik Belts

Materials: Super Duty Nylon Webbing (MIL-SPEC) | Buckle:  Cobra Buckle | Color Variants: 4 | Sizes Available: 4

Sure, while the daily grind of your life will likely never call for a super-duty MIL-SPEC nylon webbed belt (you just never know), EDC fans will instantly fall in love with this 2-Ply Tactical Cobra Belt by Klik Belts.

Available in four sweet colors and at four different sizes – you have access to a belt that is constructed to withstand 4,000 lbs. of force.

But what really makes this belt really unique beyond the military-grade fabric is the buckle itself.

The anodized aluminum buckle is quick release and constructed from stainless steel (never any worry about rust) and is considered to be some of the strongest and safest in the world.

While we understand that you aren’t looking for new climbing gear or are headed to a war zone, you will be happy to know that when going to “take a leak”, you can simply use one hand to detach the buckle and let the main vein flow.

When it comes to comfort, the 2-Ply Tactical Cobra is 1.5″ wide and will rest comfortably on your waist.

Adjusting the belt is also a breeze.

Lastly, the Klik belt is made in the U.S. and features a lifetime guarantee.

Pros

  • Can withstand a ton of abuse
  • Made in the USA
  • Lifetime guarantee

Cons

  • Not suited for formal settings

What You Need To Know

This is the perfect belt for men who love EDC or military-grade offerings.  The material can (and will) withstand a ton of abuse.  The lifetime guarantee is also a nice touch.

4. YOSAR Guide Belt by Arcade Belt Co.

Materials: Nylon / Leather / Alloy | Buckle:  Loop | Color Variants: 1 | Sizes Available: 41″

There is a whole lot to love in this adventure belt by Arcade Belt Co.

But what caught our attention first was the noble cause behind the belt.

The YOSAR Guide belt is “Dedicated to the men and women who perform daring rescues at a moment’s notice in Yosemite National Park” (YOSAR).

Every year, the YOSAR saves an average of 200 lives.  These are men and women who either planned improperly, pushed themselves beyond the limits, or somehow or another found themselves in a precarious situation.

The YOSAR plunges into these dangerous situations, be it on the side of a cliff, water, deep wood hiking trail, etc. to do their job.

With every belt sold, 10% of the sale goes directly to YOSAR, making this the only belt on our list that doesn’t go into some corporate executives’ pocket.

Now causes aside, there is still a ton to love about this belt, especially for casual weekend wear.

Crafted from ballistic nylon coupled with premium leather accents and an alloy buckle, it is built to last.

In addition to the quality materials, the nearly tactical look is great for men who are a bit more utilitarian and want a bit more from their accessories.

With a “one size fits all” approach, there may be a bit of extra tongue on the belt should you run a bit slimmer.  The belt is 41″ in length and should be okay for men with 34″ waists and larger.

Pros

  • A belt that raises money for a cause
  • Made from high grade materials that can be washed easily
  • Cool tactical/military look

Cons

  • Limited size options (only 1)
  • Can’t really be dressed up for semi-formal occasions

What You Need To Know

It’s a really cool belt that is attached to a noble cause.  Naturally, the nylon and alloy buckle make this only good for casual wear.  We wish there were a few sizes available.

5. Double D Ring Belt by Drittze

Materials: Canvas | Buckle:  Double Ring | Color Variants: 1 | Sizes Available: 10

With 10 different sizes available and a belt width of 1.5″, the Double D Ring men’s belt by Drittze is a perfect casual and weekender belt that is incredibly affordable.

Relying on canvas as its primary material (although it does have a little leather accent on the end), this double ring belt is great for men who want a no-frills belt.

Retailing for less than $15 – although prices can vary depending on belt length – this is a great way to add variety to your wardrobe through a simple accessory.

One nice aspect about this belt that a lot of men who wore it loved was its long-term use.

While your typical single prong belt can work at a variety of waist sizes, all too often some men may get a bit frustrated with its limitations as the belt may feel a hair too tight or loose.

With the double ring approach here, you dial in the tightness to your exact preference, all without having to worry about the belt slipping.

Pros

  • Great secondary belt
  • Perfect for weekend or casual wear
  • Double ring design allows for perfect belt tightness
  • Wide enough to not cut into waist (especially if larger)
  • Incredibly affordable

Cons

  • Can’t really be dressed up for semi-formal occasions
  • Doesn’t carry a high-end designer name

What You Need To Know

Overall, this is a great pick for men who like the more canvas or natural look.  It’s an incredibly affordable belt that is great for weekend wear.

6. Bulliant Slide Ratchet Belt for Men

Materials: Genuine Leather | Buckle:  Slide Ratchet | Color Variants: 38 | Sizes Available: 6

With over 2,000 reviews (nearly all overwhelmingly positive), this belt by Bulliant is one of the most popular and highly rated picks on Amazon. This inevitably begs the question, why?

Here’s what we found out:

First, color selection.

The Bulliant belt is available in 38 different colors, firmly making it the one belt on our list with the most color varieties (perhaps most in the market as well).

Second, the fit.

Unlike belts that have pre-drilled holes for the single or double prong to go through, or the autogrips that lose their ability to stay fixed over several months of wearing, the Bulliant employs a new ratchet-like system that allows the buckle to traverse up and down the belt to find the perfect setting for you.

Why is this beneficial?

Two words:

Weight fluctuation.

On any day, our body can shift a few pounds.  With this unique sliding design, you can get the perfect fit every time you put on the belt no matter if you gain or lose a few pounds, and find that you are between sizes.

Lastly, and perhaps the most unique area of this belt, is that you can cut to size.

For those men who don’t want a long tongue on their belt, simply pull out a pair of scissors, cut to size, and clamp it back into the buckle.

Now of course, given that this belt retails for about $20 a pop, there are inevitably a few drawbacks.

Most notably will be the material quality itself.  Given that you can cut this belt with a pair of scissors, you will see that it’s made from genuine leather (remember this is a mix between hide and glue/binder).

So, it’s not built to last for years like other leather belts on our list.

Pros

  • Cut to size is unique
  • Ratcheting system gives you the perfect fit every time
  • Incredibly affordable given the features
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Color selection is out of this world

Cons

  • Genuine leather means it won’t last a lifetime

What You Need To Know

It’s a unique belt that delivers on both fit and colors.  At only 1.375″ wide, it’s a perfect belt to wear for formal/dress scenarios.  The clean appearance is also versatile.

7. Levi’s Men’s Work Belt

Materials: 100% Genuine Leather | Buckle:  Double Prong | Color Variants: 5 | Sizes Available: 8

When it comes to the world of denim and making them look sharp, there is no better expert in the world than Levi’s.

Trusted by men for generations, Levi’s puts together this fairly no-frills double prong soft leather belt.

Costing a modest $20 bucks on average across a variety of retailers, it’s a great way to get a belt from a trusted brand at an affordable price.

Whether you stock shelves at your local grocery store, find yourself at a construction site on a daily basis, or simply want a belt for casual or weekend use, this Levi’s work belt won’t let you down.

Now, given that this does come at a fairly affordable price, there were a few compromises in its design.

The biggest drawback to this belt was its material source – genuine leather.

Unlike some of the other plain leather belts featured on our list (i.e. Pioneer Belt by Red Wing Heritage), this belt won’t last you a lifetime.

While you should expect to get a few years’ worth of use out of it, there may be a scenario where the belt hole or tongue tears when getting ready in the morning.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. With a width of 1.54″, it’s wide enough to not cut into your waist when moving about or sitting down.

Pros

  • Affordable belt from a trusted brand
  • Double prongs ensure greater comfort and subtly rugged design
  • Wide belt width of 1.54″ won’t dig into your waist

Cons

  • Made from genuine leather – won’t last a lifetime
  • Surface may fray over time

What You Need To Know

It’s a great belt to have for casual use.  Sure, the leather isn’t top-notch, but if you like to save a few bucks and don’t mind a step down in quality, this belt by Levi’s will be comfortable and get the job done.

8. Marino Leather Dress Belt

Materials: Genuine Leather | Buckle:  Single Prong | Color Variants: 17 | Sizes Available: 15

Look, we all aren’t high-powered executives making millions of dollars and wearing several thousand-dollar suits every day.

Perhaps one day, just not today.

It is for this reason that we included the Mio Marino dress belt.

It’s a simple, genuine leather belt that not only looks great but also gets the job done for a rock bottom price.

Setting you back about $15, the Mio Marino is a great belt for those men who only need to dress up on the occasion (i.e. weddings, funerals, interviews) and don’t necessarily need the quality full-grain leather found in the premium dress belts that cost 10 times more.

Available in 15 different sizes (30″ to 58″), you can get the perfect sized belt for your waist without having the excess falling off your waist.

In addition to the large size selection, equally impressive in the Mio Marino belt line is their color varieties (17 in total).  This makes the belt selection a breeze as you can easily find the perfect color to match your high-end Chelsea boots.

Lastly, the strap is about 1.125″, making it perfect for formal occasions.  As a side note, don’t try to use this belt also like one for denim; it will dig into your waist and feel uncomfortable.

Pros

  • Incredibly affordable
  • Wide size and color selection
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Strap width is great for formal occasions

Cons

  • Genuine leather won’t last forever

What You Need To Know

It’s a great and affordable dress belt that gets the job done.  If you only dress up on occasion and want to look sharp, this belt delivers.  The wide size and color selection are also a great touch.

9. Tommy Hilfiger Reversible Leather Belt

Materials: Genuine Leather + Others | Buckle:  Single Prong | Color Variants: 16 | Sizes Available: ~12 (Varies on style)

Like Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger is another widely respected brand that comes to the front of the mind of many men in the world of fashion.

While they have seen a resurgence as of late when it comes to streetwear, Tommy Hilfiger offers up this classic, yet casual, belt that is also reversible.

Available in a wide variety of colors (16) and about 12 different waist sizes (sizes vary from one style to another), you have quite a bit of options to choose from.

Here’s the kicker for this belt, though:

We would only recommend this to men who are looking for a backup or secondary belt.

This shouldn’t be your belt for everyday use.

The reason is simply due to its material composition.  This belt is made from a variety of materials* including genuine leather, polyurethane, polyester, polyvinyl chloride, etc.

*The exact composition of the materials does differ from one belt style to another.  So be sure to read the product description page if you are curious.

The takeaway here is that this belt isn’t like the Red Wing Heritage belt – it won’t last a lifetime; you will have to replace it within a few years (depends on usage).

With all that being said, the reason why we included this belt in our list is that it was great for “in a pinch” (given the color versatility) while also being inexpensive (about $20 bucks).

Secondly, the buckle offers a clean design that will work great in most scenarios.

Pros

  • Reversible is helpful if in a pinch
  • Modern design aesthetics
  • Brand that is loved by many
  • Great inexpensive secondary belt to have on hand

Cons

  • Poor raw materials mean a short life
  • Suspect secondary ingredients

What You Need To Know

This belt is for the men out there that just need something “in a pinch” or want a trusty backup.  It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of others, but it does do a good job at keeping you looking great.

10. Top Grain Leather Ratchet Belt by SlideBelts

Materials: Top Grain Leather | Buckle:  Dual Ratchet | Color Variants: 9 | Sizes Available: 1 (Cut to Size)

Competing head-to-head with the Bulliant Slide Ratchet Belt, the SlideBelts by Brig was founded in 2007 and has been a hit with men ever since.

It has a unique dual ratchet design that ensures the perfect fit on your waist every single time.

Able to be cut to size, this belt will have no problem conforming to your waist in order to not only increase comfort but to do its job in keeping your pants feel comfortable against your body.

But here’s where things get a bit different between both the Bulliant and SlideBelts – the leather.

Relying on top grain leather (which is a blend between both full grain and genuine), the SlideBelts are just a cut above the Bulliant’s in terms of material quality.

This not only gives the belt a bit better shelf life but one that should hopefully get better with time.

To fully explain how this system works, check out this short 30-second video for a better understanding:

Available in nine different colors (all in neutral shades) and with only one belt length (that must be cut to size), there’s some versatility in your color style.

Lastly, the belt is 1.25″ wide, making it a bit better suited for those men looking for a more formal style (i.e. business or smart casual).

Pros

  • Unique buckle design allows for a perfect fit
  • Top grain leather is better than the genuine leather counterparts
  • Nice color selection

Cons

  • Some quality concerns raised in reviews around buckle failure after extended use

What You Need To Know

It’s a great idea for a belt.  The ability to expertly hone in on your perfect size allows for a comfortable fit every time.

Considerations When Buying a Belt

As we dove headfirst into our research in pursuit of the best belts for men, we found that there were nine distinct areas that are important to think about when buying a belt.

While this may seem like overkill, it really isn’t, and definitely not skipped upon.

Not only will taking just a minute or two to think about each one of the areas below lead you to find the perfect belt for you, but you will also be able to spot a quality belt from afar, ultimately giving you much greater confidence if you visit your local department or men’s clothing retail store.

Here’s what you need to know:

Length

One of the most confusing aspects of buying a belt for a lot of men will be finding the right size.

Going with a belt that is too long will not only look bad, but the extended tongue will constantly get in the way, especially if you just have to go to the bathroom.

Belt sizes should not be the same as your denim size (even if you are wearing form-fitting skinny jeans).

And if you take a minute to think about this, it makes complete sense.

The denim that you buy is based on your actual waist size; however, the belt that you buy is going on top of your denim, so naturally, you need to add an inch or two.

During our research, we came across this helpful table from Levi’s that tells you what length belt to go with in order to ensure a proper fit:

As you can see in the table above, a man with a 34″ waist should actually go with a 38″ belt.

Buckle Type and Size

In the world of belts, there are many different types of buckles.

A few of the more popular types are as follows:

  1. Pin buckle
  2. Double pin buckle
  3. Military/grip buckle
  4. Roller buckle
  5. Autogrip buckle

Sure, there are certainly a few more obscure buckle types that exist within the market, but today we are just covering the more popular variants that exist.

Buckle type aside, things get a bit more complicated when you throw in the occasion of which you are wearing the belt – namely dress vs. casual.

When it comes to buckle choice, for dress or formal scenarios, you will want to go with either a single pin buckle or an autogrip buckle – both have a much more streamlined design and won’t be distracting to the viewer or call for too much attention.

However, when it comes to casual use (i.e. weekends), any of the above (including both #1 and #6) will be fine and you won’t incidentally be committing any fashion faux pas.

But that doesn’t mean you can simply buy any belt and use it with a pair of denim.

There are still two other things that you must consider: belt width and materials used.

Belt Width

Generally, the rule for men’s belts is that the thinner or narrower belt varieties are suited for formal use, while the “beefier” or wider belts are for casual use.

There are some belts that try to go between both natures by being reversible.

But the cold hard fact remains that even though you can flip a belt to be black or brown and one may look more formal, the width is still the same.

A general guide is that for dress or formal occasions, you will want to get a belt that is about 1.25″ to just under 1.5″.

For casual belts, you typically will want to go with anything greater than 1.5″.

Be sure to read the product descriptions from the manufacturer before you make your purchase in order to get a better idea of the type of belt you are ordering.

Materials

Belts come in a wide variety of materials, including ballistic nylon, full-grain leather, suede, canvas, and other natural fibers.

Generally speaking, if you are getting a belt for a dress occasion, then you will want to go with a shiny leather belt.

But you have to be careful here – make sure that you pick up a belt that is full-grain leather as opposed to genuine leather.  While they may sound similar, these two materials are starkly different.

Genuine leather is the lowest form of leather and is typically bits of hide that have been glued together and painted to give the appearance of full-grain leather.

Genuine leather will not only look worse with time but will require replacement sooner as the leather and glue will break down and ultimately begin to rip.

On the other hand, full-grain leather will look and feel better over the years but should also last you a lifetime.

Given the starkly different qualities, most men’s fashion experts recommend going with a full-grain leather belt as it will be much shinier and look better when paired with a blazer or full suit.

Beyond leather, natural fibers such as cotton or synthetic fibers like nylon also make for great belt materials.

Not only will these materials cost a fraction of the price, but they can withstand quite a bit of abuse, especially nylon belts.

However, given that these are more rugged materials, they are suited only for casual or informal office use.

Washability

The decision on which material that you go with for your belt will determine its “washability”.

If you decide to buy a cotton or nylon fiber belt, then you can simply toss it into the washer (just let it hang dry) to clean it up.

However, for those men who want a full-grain leather belt, you will want to get the proper cleaning solutions.

At the end of this guide, we will go over a few steps on what you should do in order to take proper care of your belt.

Weather Proofing

Of course, if you are looking for a leather belt, this won’t be a consideration at all, but for those going for the military or tactical look, you will want to pay attention.

For the men who are looking to get rugged and like to hit the trails on the weekends, a belt that has some built-in weatherproofing can be helpful.

Not only will this ensure that the belt holds its structure when you brave the elements, but it will continue to look great long after it has dried off.

Color

Like purchasing a pair of pants, the belt that you buy should be muted in color (i.e. brown, black, etc.).

Not only will this increase its versatility, but you can also confidently wear the same belt every day as an ancillary accessory rather than a statement.

Now for the men who do like to make a fashion statement, high visibility belts are a great way to add a complementary design or color flair to your overall style.

Most fashion-forward men will have at least four belts in their wardrobe as they can easily swap them out every other day to switch things up.

Naturally, this all comes down to personal preference.  So, if you like things a bit bolder, then take a look at some of the color varieties out there.

Online vs. In Store Shopping Experience

Look….we know that shopping online is nothing new; however, when it comes to purchasing a belt, we would highly advise against going into a store and buying a belt on a whim.

Why?

Measurements.

We humans are incredibly bad at trying to measure things with our eyes; it’s just one of those things we were never programmed for.

As we stressed earlier about the importance of belt width (narrower for dress or wider for casual), you can actually read the exact measurements online so you can find the perfect belt for your style.

Secondly, when you deal with the hassle of one of those “thrifty” fashion stores, they often have subpar materials (i.e. genuine leather) and just generally have crummier quality for not that much cheaper – not to mention that you will be back in there in a few months’ time buying a replacement belt.

Where are we going with this?

Buy online – the selection is better, you have a better idea of measurements and you can typically get better prices when coupled with a deal or promo.