Now don’t get me wrong, I have adopted a few stupid fashion trends over the years; bell bottom jeans with woven leather back pocket panels was probably the nadir of my fashion life. But that doesn’t hold a candle in my opinion to the ridiculous current fashion trend of “sagging.” For those of you blessed enough to have never seen this fashion abomination, sagging involves young guys wearing their pants below their waist about mid hip. This has the unfortunate effect of allowing you to see the young fella’s underwear. According to Wikipedia, the sagging fashion was spawned in American prisons where inmates were not allowed belts since they might use them for a variety of creative purposes, none of them well advised. Many communities and businesses around the country are fighting this fashion menace, but hopefully sanity will eventually snuff out the sagging practice before I have to see too many more pairs of men’s underwear on my daily Metro bus commute.
Thankfully, most of us have the good sense to use belts when we wear pants. Belts have a glorious history. The first belts appeared in the Bronze age and most of the buckles you can guess were bronze. Belts have always been a hit with fellas in the military, being necessary to hold swords, pistol holsters and the like. Belts really made the big time in the 1920s as men’s fashion changed and trousers began to be worn lower, just above the hips. No one was stupid enough in the 1920s to even consider wearing their pants below the hips.
If you are in the market for an American made belt, I have three recommendations of American belts. My first recommendation would be belts made by Allen Edmonds. The pebble grain belt is a great value right now; I just ordered a brown pebble grain belt this morning.
Allen Edmonds has hired over a 100 new employees at its Port Washington, Wisconsin plant since January of last year due to increased demands for its fine shoes and belts. Buying American helps create jobs for members of our extended American family!
My next belt recommendation would be belts made by Filson in my hometown of Seattle. At $49, the Filson 1″ Leather Belt is a bargain. The belt is made from the same leather that people use to make saddles. Brown belts have a stainless steel roller buckle with brass plating. Black belts feature a stainless steel roller buckle. The belt Filson 1″ Leather Belt comes with 7 holes to accommodate a custom fit.
Filson makes five other styles of belts. Their double belts are so tough you should probably have your will amended so you can determine which of your lucky relatives will inherit the belt upon your death!
If you are in the market for a much more casual belt, you should check out Bison Design. Bison makes belts from three materials: web, leather and paracord. Paracord sounds tough. There are over 40 styles of web belt made by Bison Design; some basic ones cost as little as $12.00. My favorite Bison Design web belt is the Decapinator.
So there you have it. Belts are our friends. They prevent sagging by holding up our pants. And the best ones are made in this country by members of our extended American family working in Wisconsin, Washington and Colorado. Now get shopping!