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The Best Belt You’ll Ever Own

As an exercise in transparency, this is a completely biased review. I’m in love with these belts. I’ll explain why I am, and how you’ll be madly in love with them too, but first we need to answer a few questions up front:

1 – Did I receive (complimentary) the belt(s) for the review? No. I purchased four the day I was introduced to them.

2 – Am I an affiliate who will be compensated if you order one through me? No. They’re just awesome and you need one (or more) in your life.

Now that the burning questions have been addressed, let’s move on to how slick these belts are and why you will soon agree this is the best belt you’ll ever own. If you’re like me, you’ve had your fair share of belt incidents in your life – worn out holes, cracks, peeling, adding holes, and even trying to make a reversible belt actually remain reversible. All of these things are a pain in the ass, and can easily ruin an otherwise dapper outfit.

Enter Anson Belt & Buckle

The second weekend of March, I drove to Atlanta for StyleCon 2016 – a men’s style conference covering topics ranging from business etiquette to business casual – and one of the vendors introducing their product was David Ferree and his dad Frank. They had these belts that didn’t have any holes, and buckles you could change out in seconds flat. In a nutshell, Anson is a father-son team that genuinely cares about making products people care about and delivering customer service that goes above and beyond. Anson Belt is on track to change the “pant-holder-upper” game forever.

How does this sorcery work?

After talking with Frank and watching him demonstrate the ease with which he adjusted his belt and changed the buckle, I removed my “standard-type / old-school” belt –already worn out and showing no signs of improving – and threw it out. I bought the light brown belt shown in the gifs below, and wore it proudly for the rest of the day. The next morning, I returned and purchased three more belts and additional buckles. I mean, I couldn’t help myself! Check out the animations below to see how this magic works:

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Why do you need one?

These belts – I say this in plural because you’ll want one in as many colors and materials as possible – are the last belts you’ll ever own. Sure, you could buy that Hermes belt you’ve seen on the models in magazines and on Instagram, but it’s about a thousand dollars. Please read the last few words again. Yeah, I threw up in my mouth a little too when I read that. This is not a big deal if you’re an Arabian Prince or oil tycoon, but us regular gents aren’t that keen on skipping the mortgage for a belt purchase.

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1 – Anson Belts are affordable

Currently selling for $50, these belts are a steal. They will not only make you look better, but they won’t break your bank doing it. They even offer a gift box that gives you the option to get three straps and two buckles or three buckles and two straps – all for only $100. I mean, c’mon, who would say no to that?

2 – They’re stupid-easy to use

As a frequent flier, there a few things more annoying than having to remove your belt and shoes at airport security. We’re still working on getting the shoe policy changed, but the belt issue is a lot more exciting with an Anson Belt. You can leave the belt on and simply remove the buckle and put it in the tray with your other stuff.

On those evenings when the dinner runs long and the food just keeps coming, you know you’ll feel better loosening that belt a notch, right? Well, now you can do just that, in quarter-inch increments discretely at the table. Reach down and release a couple of clicks to help you body work through those last two dinner rolls or piece of pie. Boom. Relief.

anson belt review the sharp gentleman3 – They do not wear out

Because you’re no longer bending the belt against the grain and accepting a metal rod through the size hole, you’re no longer putting stress cracks in the strap. Anson eliminated the holes and annihilated the competition. They also come with a LIFETIME WARRANTY so you don’t have to worry about the maintenance costs of your magical new belt.

4 – It’s fit to your size

The straps originally come in 56in lengths and you cut them down to your preferred waist size. A rule of thumb on most belts is to buy a belt that’s two inches larger than your waist. With these belts, that rule is bumped to four inches. Once cut, you slide the squared off (cut) end into the back of the buckle, feed the belt around your waist, and click that magical thing to your desired size and comfort level.

You should definitely get one.

Look, there’s just no other way to put it. Getting two gift boxes would allow you to have up to 6 straps and 4 buckles which is essentially everything you may ever need to have the perfect belt collection for any occasion. Run by two gentlemen I can personally call friends, backed by a lifetime warranty, affordable, and slick as hell, there’s no reason not to add one to your collection. I just ordered three more (my fiancée is beginning to think I may have an addiction). –> www.AnsonBelt.com

What is your favorite belt style? Classic leather or colorful canvas?
What’s the most you’ve spent on a belt?
What do you think of this crazy technology?
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Blake Hammerton

Blake Hammerton

Blake Hammerton is the founder and coach at The Sharp Gentleman, and helps men earn more respect while gaining confidence in who they are. He is a certified relationship coach and loves writing about men's fashion, style, character-building, relationships, travel, adventure, and more.

  • Julia Allen Duerksen

    This is a really neat idea. They must have put a lot of thought into making these and it shows. I loved your idea about just popping off the buckle at the airport. Might have to get a few of these for my husband for a birthday present!