It can be easy to overlook a belt. A single piece of leather might not seem like much, but it’s critically important in helping you keep your pants from falling off, often feeling more functional than fashionable. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as there are considerable options that can fulfill both of those needs. You just have to know where to look. Of course, the well-dressed men of the world know that s stylish leather belt is an indispensable part of your outfit.
Fortunately for you, we’ve made the belt shopping considerably easier, as we’ve rounded up the best belts on the market in 2021. We’ve also ranked these from least to most expensive, from simple leather belts to the best designer belts for men. With plenty of options across a multitude of different price points, there’s a style, texture, pattern, and material for everyone. If you’re looking to invest in a belt of your own for the first time or are looking for something bold and exciting to add to an existing collection, make sure it’s one of these.
1. Dickies Double Prong Leather Belt
Dickies is a workwear classic, which means their belt will provide plenty of good quality even if you put it through its paces. We especially like the atypical double holes all throughout the length of the belt.
2. CHAOREN Ratchet Slide Leather Belt
Slide belts are among our favorite styles of belt because you don’t have to worry about running out of holes to cinch the belt down on. This option from CHAOREN has a textured slide buckle and leather belt to provide a nice look with any outfit.
3. Uniqlo Braided Leather Belt
Braided belts might not be everyone’s personal favorite, but they make for a great second or even third option if you already have a variety of options in your rotation. We really love how the caramel color pairs with the buckle on this Uniqlo selection, creating a really sleek option.
4. Gap Leather Belt
Belts don’t need to be particularly extravagant. In fact, depending on the rest of your outfit, a simpler option can be best — which is why we like this option from Gap. Brown and brass is just a timeless classic.
5. 1901 Garrett Leather Belt
Looking for a simple black leather belt for under $50? We love this modern leather belt, which trades the traditional silver or gold buckles for an all-black aesthetic. It’s the kind of subtle touch that clotheshorses will appreciate.
6. J. Crew Classic Leather Belt
J. Crew’s classic-style leather belt feels vintage-y while still being brand new. The slide-style buckle pairs well with everything and ensures you’ll be able to hold to and wear it for a long, long time.
7. Filson Bridle Leather Belt
You might know Filson from their incredible bag craftsmanship, but that same pride of quality applies to all their leather goods, including this belt. The slightly square buckle makes this belt feel a little more unique than just your standard leather belt. Plus, it contrasts nicely with the dark brown leather.
8. Polo Ralph Lauren Garrison Belt
The Garrison Belt from Polo Ralph Lauren looks just like something you’d anticipate a cowboy to wear, thanks to its throwback-style finish and dual buckle closure. Pair this with a pair of denim for a surefire, unbeatable-looking combination.
9. Hugo Boss Calindo Suede Belt
While leather belts are great, all-purpose, everyday style options, reaching for a suede belt is a great way to quickly take your style up a notch. Hugo Boss’s option isn’t too bad in terms of price and will add some great texture to any outfit.
10. Mr. P Suede Belt
Mr. Porter’s in-house clothing line, Mr. P, makes and designs clothing and accessories that rival the designer competition they sell on their site. This suede belt is cut in the perfect length, finished with suede to give it a luxe look and feel. We don’t know why, but we’re loving suede accessories like this at the moment.
11. Isabel Marant Nyessa Jacquard Belt
A patterned belt, such as this one from Isabel Marant, is a great accessory to use to accent or add a flourish to an outfit. The D-ring fastening feels a little atypical as well, making this a really unique belt to have in your closet.
12. Noah Leather Braided Belt
One of our absolute favorite belts of the season is this braided leather belt from NYC outfit Noah. The mutli-color braided strands help make this a really versatile option, while the gold accents add a further sophistication level to the belt.
13. Acne Studios Leather Belt
Swedish brand Acne Studios seems to almost understand Americana than many other designers on this list with their take on a classic style leather belt that’s straight out of your favorite western. The leather itself looks brand new, while the buckle has been crafted to appear as if you’ve had it for years.
14. Paul Smith Leather Belt
Made from perfect, high-quality leather, this Paul Smith leather belt is garnished with the brand’s signature artist stripe right on the keeper. It’s the perfect touch, adding a bit of character without totally overwhelming the rest of the belt.
15. 1017 ALYX 9SM Webbing Belt
You might be familiar with Alyx if you’re a Drake fan (he gives the brand a shoutout in “Toosie Slide”), but for those who don’t, the brand is known for its love of hard buckles and tactical-like construction. Their webbing belt is a perfect example; the belt fastens with a highly durable buckle and looks like something the Rock would wear in a Fast and Furious movie.
16. Saint Laurent Leather Belt
So many of Saint Laurent’s designs are meant to evoke and channel your inner rock star. The same can be said of this leather belt; the black leather and silver accents feel opulent while providing some cool textures to show off. Pair it with black jeans and a killer moto jacket to really show off your badass side.