A good belt is more than just a means of holding up your pants. The belt you wear makes a statement about who you are. Like shoes that look worn-down at the heal, nothing says “loser” faster than a worn out belt. A belt can dress up your whole outfit and while lots of cheap imitations appear to look good, they won’t last. Consider your belt an investment and you’ll be on the right track. When you begin to shop you’ll be faced with a variety of leather choices. “Full-grain” leather is the best grade you can buy. It is the totally natural, unaltered hide that lets the true look of the leather—marbling, texture and color—come through, but it’s very pricey. For those on a budget, “top-grain” or “genuine leather” provide more affordable options.