What would you pay? The Allen Edmonds Manistee Belt

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Allen Edmonds Manistee Belt – $115

Also available at Brooks Brothers

I recently received a sincere message from the Chairman and CEO of Brooks Brothers noting that it had been some time since I bought anything from one of his stores. He let me know about their Spring line and included a few coupons, 40% off one item and 20% off my entire purchase. That was nice of him, so I decided the least I could do was stop in and look around.

I usually don’t buy much at Brooks Brothers (I like their socks) so I wanted to get something worth my while (more than socks). An Allen Edmonds dress belt to match my walnut Strands was an easy choice.

The detailing – the stitching and perforations – is great and the color is a close match, a touch redder than the shoes. It’s a good choice with any tan shoes, and especially ones with detailing similar to the Strand, such as the Franciscan they just introduced.

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The Manistee belt is excellent quality, but before this I had never spent more than $30 on a belt. Even at 40% off this belt was still $69. Much better than the original $115, but it seems like a lot for a belt. It’s probably the only belt I’ll wear with these shoes now, but I don’t know when I’ll be buying another one at this price.

On the other hand, it’s a hell of a nice way to finish off an outfit. And it’s cheaper than some of the more, uh, casual belts Brooks Brothers sells.

Thoughts? Are belts something you’re willing to pay a lot for?  Or are they something you don’t think much about?

What would you pay? The Allen Edmonds Manistee Belt

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