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For a good while, I have gone to a store like Sears or Kohl's and have paid no more than $20 for a belt. However, the lifespan of these belts has never been that great before they start falling apart in various ways: fasteners coming loose, bindings fraying, etc. I have a slim waist so I had been buying belts from the teenager sections and thought that might be the issue, but even after 'graduating' to the adult section and trying a few different brands, I've come to the conclusion that the problem is probably that I'm not paying enough for a decent belt that will last me for a long time. Which brought to mind the following Terry Pratchett quote
The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.
Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.
But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.
This was the Captain Samuel Vimes 'Boots' theory of socioeconomic unfairness.
So, here I am looking to spend fifty (or a hundred) dollars on a high-quality, hand-crafted piece of leather that will last me for decades. I'd appreciate any recommendations.