Best Belts

There are so many different options when it comes to picking a belt that it can be hard to find the best one for you. And, a lot of manufacturers are cutting corners and getting their materials from overseas. We did the research to find the best belts made in the USA – below are our findings. Check out our top picks, tons of details about each one, and the factors that went into our research.

Our Findings

Overall, we found tons of manufacturers that are making belts in the USA – over 30! However, not all of them passed our guidelines for quality, price, and several other consideration factors. The companies that really stood out are using the best materials (full grain leather in many cases), hand-stitching, and simply putting in the craftmanship necessary to make a product that is going to last forever. Our top recommendations are broken out into several categories that span across all of today’s popular styles. Check them out below!

Top Recommendations

Best BeltsBest for:
Your Tack Dress BeltDress Belt
Belted CowNeedlepoint Belt
Grip6 Classic Men’s Ninja BeltActive Lifestyle
Colonel Littleton No. 5 Cinch American Buffalo BeltBuffalo Leather
Schaefer Outfitter Ranger BeltsRanger Belt
The Marshall from Hank’s BeltsConcealed Carry
Sweettrade Anchorage BeltO-Ring Belt
Colonel Littleton No. 4 American Alligator BeltAlligator Skin

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Check out additional details on all of our top picks, including what we liked, didn’t like, price information, and tons of product details about their best features.

Best Dress Belt

Your Tack Dress Belt


Your Tack makes some incredible leather belts out of their manufacturing facility in State College, Pennsylvania. Their dress belts are simple, stylish, and made with high quality, American sourced English Bridal Leather – something that their customers love most about them, says Ron Snider, owner at Your Tack. “We like to give back to our customers by providing the highest quality at a price they deserve!” Each belt is handmade and has small neat stitching around the edge for that very classy look. Along with the leather quality, what really made this belt stand out is the buckle, which can be easily removed and replaced with a buckle of your own. Your Tack dress belts come in three classic colors, one black (shown above) and two shades of brown. Outside of dress belts, Your Tack has tons of other styles, all the way from ranger belts to more casual embossed ones. We threw a link over to their full lineup of styles below.

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Things we like:

  • Quality leather
  • Removable buckle option
  • 10 year product guarantee
  • Classic color options

Things we don’t like:

  • Runs a bit short, so order up (slightly) in size

Full lineup of styles

Best Needlepoint Belts

Belted Cow


Belted Cow’s needlepoint belt styles are as unique as their name (which has an interesting backstory), and they’ve been making some of the best belts out of their manufacturing facility in Maine since they started in 2004. Needlepoint belts have been a staple to casual, preppy fashion for decades, but it seems like everyone always has the same styles, and the materials really haven’t improved that much. Belted Cow has set out to change that narrative. We were really impressed with their material quality and loved a lot of the whimsical designs they have for both men and women. Tabs on each belt are cut and stitched from full grain Latigo leather, and the stitching of the designs onto the cotton webbing below is very strong. To top it all off, each belt comes in their signature Belted Cow gift tin.

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Things we like:

  • Style variety
  • Stitching strength
  • Leather quality
  • Simple brushed brass buckle

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Performance Belt for an Active Lifestyle (Hiking or Golf)

Grip6 Classic Men’s Ninja Belt


We were really impressed when we came across Grip6 belts – they are truly made for someone with an active lifestyle, whether you’re hiking, climbing, or just playing a round of golf. Their Ninja belts are minimalist with a ton of durability. They were really intentional about making it simple, says BJ Minson, CEO at Grip6, who we spoke to over email. “A simple product is easier to manufacture and the customer has a better experience using [the belt]. We make our own products because it gives us the control to improve the quality, make the process more efficient and have fun testing and trying new ideas all the time.”

The strap is woven from high strength nylon webbing and it’s all connected with a laser-cut aluminum buckle that couldn’t be more simpler to operate – all you have to do is strap it in, no prongs, pins, or clamps needed. The Grip6 design simply uses friction to keep everything in place, and they are so confident it will hold, that they gave it the name “Badgerbite,” able to withstand 250 lbs of outward pressure (most other similar belts can only hold 50 lbs). The Grip6 Ninja belt is also super comfortable and keeps a low profile. Nothing sticks out or digs into your skin, like some bulkier styles can do sometimes. Overall, this is no-brainer choice for anyone who needs a belt for an active lifestyle.

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Things we like:

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Interchangeable buckles
  • Several color options

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Full lineup of styles

Best Buffalo Leather Belt

Colonel Littleton No. 5 Cinch American Buffalo Belt


Colonel Littleton handcrafts all of their belts in their facility in Lynnville, Tennessee, a small town of just over 300 people. Buffalo leather is a little less common than cow leather, and it gives you a slightly different look and feel that is “unapologetically rugged”, which Colonel Littleton accentuates with its unique design. The belt is tightened from the sides (as you can see from our picture here), which puts way less stress on the leather and allows the leather to maintain its quality for a longer period of time compared to your traditional belt that tightens in the front. The No. 5 cinch belt clamps in the front with a lever action mechanism, finishing off a look that takes you straight back in time. You’ll definitely stand out in a crowd with this belt, which is why it is one of our top picks.

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Things we like:

  • High quality leather, great craftsmanship
  • Unique tightening mechanism that doesn’t stress the leather
  • One of a kind look

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Ranger Belts

Schaefer Outfitter Ranger Belts


The ranger belt, unique for its raised center, gets its design from a cinching technique used to tie down horse tack without pinching their hair. This belt style is a staple for any ranch worker and Schaefer Outfitter makes some of the best of them because of their superior leather quality and durability. Our three favorite styles are the western, vintage, and classic. The western style has an oak leaf embossed pattern on wonderful vegetable tanned leather and is finished with a 3-piece buckle set. The vintage style (pictured here) is perfect for a day on the ranch with a broken-in look made from durable leather that easily slides through your belt loops. And lastly, the classic look is perfect for a bit more formal occasion, with a glossy finish and a shiny brass buckle.

Here are our three favorite styles:

Western

Vintage

Classic

Things we like:

  • Strong, thick leather
  • Style variety
  • Easily slides through your belt loops
  • Built to last

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Belt for Concealed Carry

The Marshall from Hank’s Belts


The Marshall from Hank’s Belts is a force when it comes to the right belt for your concealed carry. It has a double prong garrison style construction that holds extremely well and securely fastens without you having to worry. The leather is full grain and vegetable tanned, which essentially means it’s very high quality and treated well for durability. Another feature we loved is the buckle is held to the belt with Chicago screws, so it’s easy to swap out if you want to put another double pronged buckle in there. Since you are sizing your belt for a concealed carry, make sure you take into account the size of your holster and any other accessories you’ll be carrying with you when choosing your size.

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Things we like:

  • Full grain leather
  • Buckle can be swapped
  • Securely fastens
  • Holds strong

Things we don’t like:

  • A little wide, occasionally a snug fit for some pants with smaller belt loops

 

Best O-Ring Belt

Sweettrade Anchorage Belt


The O-ring is a popular cinching technique for several belts and creates a stylish look that works well for both men and women, and the Anchorage belt from Sweettrade is far and away one of the coolest options out there for this style. It’s made from 11 ounces of Wickett & Craig harness leather, which is a company that has been making some of the best leather since 1867. The O-rings have a nice brass shine to them and every belt comes stamped with the company anchor logo. We spoke with the founder who said he loves making his belts in the USA because of the control he has over his raw materials. “I know that my raw goods come from small independent companies that also do business here with a good work environment. It just so that it happens to be not that difficult and affordable (my opinion) to design/source/make my products in the U.S.” When we asked him what his customers love most about his belts, he pointed at the “aesthetic difference” and attention to detail – “don’t get lost by following the crowd,” he says. We think that’s pretty darn good advice.

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Things we like:

  • High quality leather
  • Stylish cinching technique
  • Several color options
  • Tightens well

Things we don’t like:

  • Not necessarily a dislike, but a “watch out” – make sure you soak the end of the belt in a little water and tighten it to your liking – doing this will help it “stick” and find the right friction to secure well every time.

 

Best Alligator Skin Belt

Colonel Littleton No. 4 American Alligator Belt


Colonel Littleton strikes again with yet another masterpiece with their American alligator skin belt. While this belt is definitely more pricey than all of our other top picks, the quality is right there for all to see. The cognac colored belt is highlighted by the traditional raised styling of an alligator skin and the several natural markings that are apparent on several belts, showcasing the natural scars and scratches that are a product of alligators raised in the wild. The belt is then finished off with a shiny nickle buckle. Each of these belts comes with a cotton dust bag and gift box.

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Things we like:

  • Alligator skin quality
  • Showing natural “imperfections”
  • Nickle buckle

Things we don’t like:

  • Slightly pricey, but quality is worth it

Recap: Best Belts Made in the USA


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Factors We Considered

Style

Style is obviously very important when it comes to any apparel item or accessory, and each person’s preferences are different. We consulted several different stylists and looked to showcase a variety of styles that are common favorites when it comes to belts. Different types of leather/skins, cinching techniques, colors, stitching, and other factors were all big considerations here.

Fit

Finding the belt that fits just right can be tough. Typically, you want to aim for two sizes up from your waist length. So, if you wear pants with a 32″ waist, typically you want to shoot for a belt that is around 34″ long. Some belts run a bit shorter of longer than that rule of thumb, so we noted in our top picks above whenever we found that to be the case. Also, if you plan on having a concealed carry, make sure to factor in a little extra room for your holster and whatever else you need.

Leather Quality

Leather quality can make or break a belt when it comes to style, quality, and long term durability. You need to watch out for any belts that say they are made with “genuine leather” – this is the cheap stuff that will fade and deteriorate quickly. Full grain leather is what you should be looking for, which basically means that the belt is made from one continuous strip of high quality leather that is built for longevity. Not to mention, full grain leather just flat out looks better too.

Cinch Technique

There are several different cinch, or closing, techniques that you can go with on a belt. The most typically is a tabbed belt, which closes in the front typically with a single prong. While the tabbed belt technique is just fine, be wary that it has the highest likelihood of stressing the belt leather. Other cinching techniques that we looked at include:

  • Double prong – great for extra strength
  • O-ring – popular among fabric belts and casual styles
  • Side cinch – very vintage style, typically thinner belts
  • Clamp – cool style, but strength can wear over time

Value

Of course, we want to make sure you are getting the best belt for your money. After all, we’re consumers too! We made sure to eliminate several manufacturers where we felt like the quality of their belts just didn’t live up to the price tag.