Fifth Degree Black Belt

$98.00 Sale: $35.00

What you need to know

Order 2" up from your waist size. If you wear a size 32 pant, order a 34 belt. If you're an odd-size (meaning 31, 33, etc. - not a "weird" size), order up 3" from your waist for more tab at the end or up 1" for less.

1 3/8" wide

  • 100% Italian calf leather
  • Solid brass closure with double leather keeper
  • Squared off tail for a modern finish
  • Made in Italy
  • If you have to take one belt on a work-play weekend trip, which one do you take? We have been searching for a perfect Italian dress/sport belt for a long time. You know, the kind that you can wear with your Black Swans, your blue jeans, or your upcoming Bonobos suit.

    In doing so, we confronted The Paradox of Choice and asked ourselves How We Decide. The average store has twenty more options than you need.

    When it comes to casual belts, we admire Belted Cow and Tucker Blair. But for a simple, versatile leather belt, we couldn't find the obvious answer. Many are too expensive. Many are too rigid, lacking the smooth, bendy perfection that can bring a cowboy to tears. On styling? We were looking for the lack thereof, not someone trying to win an award. Too often the belt buckles said too much, when we wanted them to speak softly and let the rest of our get-up do the talking.

    So we decided to make a belt. A belt that won't change. A belt that is perfect on chinos or wool, is wide enough to wear with jeans and narrow enough to sneak on a suit. Introducing two Bonobos staples, the Fifth Degree Black Belt and the Third Degree Brown Belt. Made in Italy of 100% super soft Italian calf leather, with a plain edge, double keeper, and an antiquated nickel-plated brass buckle. Guess what? You're done. Paradox of choice we see you, and you don't scare us.

    Detailing
    Width sizes indicated on each style
    Notes

    Order 2" up from your waist size. If you wear a size 32 pant, order a 34 belt. If you're an odd-size (meaning 31, 33, etc. - not a "weird" size), order up 3" from your waist for more tab at the end or up 1" for less.

    Customer Reviews

    Dissapointing

    I like the simplicity and design of this belt, but found the leather to be sub par. It's genuine not full grain, and even after treating it with some leather conditioner it's not very suple. The leather still creeks even after a few weeks of wear, it's already started to develop kinks, and it doesn't coil well.

    Finally my search is over

    I've been on a bit of a ($100 range) belt rampage lately. Looking for something that offered a great value to price proposition. I've been to Coach and a few other higher end retailers and couldn't find that ratio until I found this belt on Bonobos. Obviously with respect for the review above, I have to say my search is over. Solid brass hardware (which Coach has omitted) paired with what I experience as supple, well conditioned leather with a calf skin inside layer. Along with a double leather keeper which is awesome. These are the details that sold me. This belt will work for just about any occasion. I use it in a formal setting, but it will be a go-to on the weekends as well. One thing: the belt runs long. I wear a 32" waist, so I ordered a 34". Too big. Bonobos was great with the return and my 32" came in immediately and fits with perfection. So much so, I was compelled to write a review...which I rarely do.