5 Natural Leather Belts That Complement Raw Denim

As a follow up to our previous feature, “7 Leather Boots That Complement Raw Denim“, we would like to present five natural leather belts that also pair and age beautifully alongside your favorite pair of raw denim.

People often enter the raw denim world when they become exhausted with tacky, factory finished jeans. They long for a more authentic denim experience that can only be achieved through purchasing a pair of raw, unwashed jeans and breaking them in over time.

Natural leather belts are the equivalent of that process. They come either unfinished, or lightly tanned with no artificial finishing. As time progresses, the belt will darken as it comes into contact with indigo, dirt, sunlight, and natural oils. What is left is not unlike a pair of well-worn raw denim jeans, a piece that is unique to the wearer.

1. Corter Utility Belt

Corter Utility Belt

Corter Leather is the one-man leather operation run by Eric Heins. Every Piece is made by him, in his apartment, in Boston, Massachusetts. Having had personal experience with this specific belt, I can attest to the quality of Corter’s products, as well as the outstanding customer service that Eric provides.

The belt is extremely thick, and the hardware is just as tough. At $55.00 this belt is of fantastic value, and is sure to stand the test of time. It is made from 12 – 14 Oz. leather and is hand cut to 1.5″ wide. Available at: Corter Leather for $55.00.

2. Rogue Territory Hand Tacked Natural Belt

Rogue Territory Natural Belt

Rogue Territory, previously solely known for their outstanding denim, recently began producing their own belts. These belts are painstakingly crafted from 10 Oz. natural leather and finished with a solid brass roller buckle.

As with their denim lines, these belts are made in California and are sure to be of a high quality. They are 1.5″ wide. Available at: Rogue Territory for $89.00.

3. Tanner Goods Standard Belt in Natural

Tanner Goods Standard Belt

For those looking for indestructible construction, with a slightly more refined finish, look no further than Tanner Goods Standard Belt. This belt is made from 10-11oz vegetable tanned leather and features a variety of different hardware finishes, from standard chrome to black.

The edges of the belt are dyed, burnished, and waxed by hand for a more finished feel. This belt is 1.5″ wide, but is also available in a slim version. Available at: Tanner Goods for $105.00.

4. Barret Alley Citizen’s Arrest Belt

Citizens Arrest Natural BeltNot only does the hand forged iron buckle make this belt unique, but as the name suggests, this belt is equipped with an extra set of holes for “citizen’s arrests”. Though it may not actually be used for impromptu arrests, it’s another fantastic option for those looking to make a foray into the natural leather belt market.

This belt features 10 Oz. vegetable tanned cowhide and is hand stitched in Texas. Add on the lifetime warranty that Barrett Alley backs its products with and you are sure to have this belt for a while. Available at: Barrett Alley for $150.00.

5. Iron Heart Super Tan Belt

Iron Heart Super Tan

As with most things Iron Heart, this belt is heavy duty in every way. The 100% brass buckle and the 45mm thick cowhide used to make the belt promise longevity.

Despite being extremely thick, this belt is still comfortable, will break in nicely and age for years, only looking better throughout the process. Available at: Self Edge for $195.00.

Darius Lalier

Darius is currently a student living in New York City, attending New York University. Darius has a strong interest in all things raw denim and a specific interest in American manufacturing. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @dlalier.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

    interesting article, i like the fit of the jackets and the jeans. but i would like more articles on construction of denim, history of denim, and most of all, a mill identification article. an example of this could be, stereotypical japanese denim of White Oak mills looks like this, has X Ounces, and has this slubbiness. enough with an introduction to small brands from obscure countries, its getting a little old. plus it sounds like these are not readily available at all.

    • Richalicious

      I would hardly call Sweden “Obscure” !! If they were made in say… the Easter Islands or hand woven on the top of Mt Everest, then yes that would be obscure !!

      The jackets are quite nice though and if you read the article the website is still under construction so i’m sure when it’s up and running you will be able to find stockist or buy direct from the site

      • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

        its true, the denim is actually quite decent looking, but i would like a bit less articles on products and companies. i wonder how much the denim would cost?

    • ALTR

      White Oak mills is American, not Japanese…looks like you really could use that mill identification article.

      • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

        haha sorry, i was trying to find the name of a japanese mill but could not find the right spelling so i just put White Oak. i know that White Oak is an American mill.

    • mister56

      You should start your own website. I’m sure you would please yourself.

  • http://twitter.com/icantwaittodie ANTONIO PECSWOLE

    ban devan

    • ReverendGlasseye

      ban antonio pecswole.

    • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

      haha you dont like me?

  • Kretek

    I love the jacket and the jeans look to be very high quality. Looking forward to seeing a price in the near future.

  • Dustin William

    I have been following this brand since I first heard about it. I think it was on Instagram i first say some photos of their denim and jackets. I have to say, I’m in love with the style and look of their stuff. The jacket looks great – and paired with those jeans – wow! It’s also really nice to see brand showing off their clothing on an actual model vs just on it’s own. Can’t wait until the website is complete to know more about this brand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

    these inspiration’s are not inspiring in the least. i dont find it very helpful or interesting. it is not even that informative. i blame the article.

    • asdfghj

      perhaps YOU should write a better article then? After reading your comments in q lot of articles, you seem to take pride with your extensive denim/fashion knowledge. your comment isn’t being helpful or interesting either, neither it is informative. what is inspirational for other people doesn’t always mean that it’s inspirational for you, and vice versa (although there maybe a case where it is for both you and other people).

      learn how to treat other people’s works with respect just like how you respect some denim brand founders, then people will do the same to you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

        i didnt disrespect anyone! i just stated my opinion, i said i did not like the article, that is not disrespecting the author or denim founder. my comment wasnt meant to be helpful interesting or informative, again, i was just stating my opinion. and since when is stating your opinion a bad thing, you (rawr denim followers) have never missed an opportunity to dehumanize me, or undermine my opinions. i never said the article was bad, i blamed it for not being to my liking, that is not disrespectful, so before you call me disrespectful, maybe you should pay more attention to the 99% that disrespect me every day for just stating my opinion.

        • growe13

          Dude, stating your opinions can make you look disrespective.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

    cool article, 18.5 oz sounds really cool. i think thats a really interesting weight and i think that they could do a lot with that idea.

  • Jun

    Singapore…. the land of the kiasu denim heads…

  • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

    Awesome article on the belts! i like the Tanner goods one a lot. but can Rawr fix this comment situation, its kind of annoying. cool article although it would have been nice to see the belts on some jeans… because how can we know if they compliment raw denim or not. other than that its a good article.

  • Todd Coleman

    Iron Heart belt is 4.5mm thick not 45mm (4.5cm) around 11oz

  • Jun

    I would spank Devan’s nice tight butt with any of those belts…. but the heavier would be better of course. Then he would get the most awesome fading on his denim at the ass side courtesy from all those spankings

    • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

      HMM Jun, if it was you, i wouldnt mind getting the belt.

  • BS detector

    Having had my own leathershop years ago, and now still making stuff for myself, I must say the prices being asked for these belts are just ridiculously high. The labor and experience in cutting and finishing a belt does not merit these prices.

    Great denim blog, I visited Okayama Prefecture last year due to my interest in denim, and must say your blog is excellent, informative and always interesting.

    • http://ankushg.com/ Ankush Gupta

      Any recommendation on where to get a significantly cheaper natural leather belt?

    • szfofa

      regardless of ability and difficulty, design is always a factor. its the little details. and of course, branding. The barret belt has a distinctive buckle, for example. I agree its expensive…

      • goldushapple

        Excuses, excuses …

    • goldushapple

      At least someone admits that paying that amount, for a freakin’ belt, is a bit outrageous.

      • jeff

        You can get better quality in Spain for only €25!

        • goldushapple

          I wish I could find that quality in the States.

  • sporento

    I personally feel that Hollows Leather should be mentioned in this article. His belts and all of his goods are amazing. Check out his website and tumblr.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003326974874 Kyle Brooks Robinson

    I think these natural leather belts can get expensive because of the materials involved – brands like Flat Head or Redmoon use Japanese cowhide leather (which is much less abundant than American or other imported cowhide), that is extremely thick (and consequently in short supply/expensive) and use long tanning processes and hand-currying to give the leather its texture, in addition to the labor involved in stitching and even cutting such thick leather.

    On the cheaper end, Hollows and Obbi Good both make good belts that have a bit of heft to them. Sugar Cane and Pherrow’s are both Japanese made (though I think they use English leather) and are a fair price. I like my Equus Military Belt a lot, and I’ll probably be getting a Flat Head plate buckle belt soon, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

    This is the second article on Denim therapy, im not sure how i feel about this. im not really a big fan of the article not very exciting or appealing to me, but i guess its good to know of denim therapy.

  • http://www.denimology.com/ Lisette -Denimology New York

    does chain stitching mean that you don’t have to replace the original hem in order for the hem to look totally authentic?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rohan.mak Rohan Makhijani

    Really helpful!! Was looking into this stuff a lot recently but this was the most well written and useful one.

  • Steven – Railcar Fine Goods

    Thanks for the great write up guys.

  • Boomer

    I made a really cool belt the first time I tried working with leather. It is not hard to do. I can understand charging 55 dollars but anything over 100 is crazy for what’s involved

  • Danny Z.

    Go down to your local boot maker’s shop and get a custom made belt for $50; get your name put on it too.

  • Manuel Grullon

    Better yet, get a belt blank, buckle, keep, and dye/finish *optional* from tandy leather and make a belt just like these for about 25$. There’s a 10 dollar coupon code if you look on reddit, I just made a belt for myself and my brother and they’re awesome. I used a drill to make the size hole, and a gatorade cap as a guide to cut the end. The natural cowhide belts are full grain and will age beautifully.

  • Saltface

    Tanner Goods is by far the most overrated and over priced stuff in this market. For half their prices you can have completely custom work done, made to order and one of a kind. They are okay, but ultimately, a rip off.

  • Kelly

    you can buy the same leather in Chinese online store, no matter Italian, Argentina, Japanese, American leather, ask a craftsman make for you, much lower price charged, although there are only a few famous craftsman there. Also, you can buy Japanese made belt, nice hardware, nice leather, “nice” price….

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  • Zak

    Can you imagine a 45mm thick belt? I’m not sure I believe him when he says it’s comfortable despite it’s thickness…

  • http://www.indigoleathers.com.bd Makim Thakur

    We are genuine leather belts manufacturer and supplying some denim buyers. If you want, pls let us know. Regards, Makim; Email: makim@indigoleathers.com.bd

  • Maurice White Jr

    Has anyone considered Gustin belts??????

  • Kevin

    I know this is a really old post, I just wonder where is barrett alley nowadays. I dont see their site anymore.