Belt’s may very well be the world’s most under appreciated clothing item. These waist wraparounds have saved countless people from public embarrassment and consequently, depending on the jurisdiction, arrest and jail time for public indecency. While most of these necessary accessories are made of leather, there is no shortage of vegan belts for the animal lovers among us.
For those who prefer not to wear an animal’s skin around their waist, there are a few different options that we’re going to discuss in this article. Then, we’re going to give you our take on the best vegan belts currently available. So roll up your sleeves, pull up your pants, and let’s take a look into this unsung hero.
What vegan belt options are there?
The materials used for vegan belts can be largely broken down into two categories: faux leather and fabric. Each of these have their own upsides and downsides and serve different use cases, so it’s impossible to say which of these is better overall. That said, we can make some generalizations about which is better for specific scenarios.
Faux leather (also referred to as leatherette, pleather, and PU leather) is usually going to be best if you’re looking for a very traditional belt appearance. Belts fashioned with faux leather are made from a variety of materials, usually PU leather or some other synthetic compound. When you shop for a PU leather belt, it’s important to check that the belt is actually PU leather, and not leather materials coated with PU. You can read more about that in our dedicated PU leather article.
Fake leather belts work well if you’re pairing them with a suit or other formal attire, for example. It’s also a very hardy material, so it will do equally well in situations where you need to get down and dirty.
Fabric belts can be extremely durable as well (check out GRIP6 for one tough vegan cookie of a belt), but are less likely to go well with formal attire. Belts made of fabric usually employ materials like canvas or elastic. They often have a different type of buckle that doesn’t use holes like a traditional belt and instead use a ratchet locking mechanism. Often, you will see this referred to as a military style or webbed belt. In general, these belts give off a more casual vibe, so just wear them with your own discretion.
There are also some belts that don’t fit easily into either category, such as cork belts by Corkor, for example. Often, cork belts will try to replicate the look of leather, but occasionally they will have a very unique woodsy look. Since they aren’t made of the same materials as most faux leathers, we decided to put them in a category all their own.
How durable are vegan belts?
As a rule, there is no deficiency in durability between vegan belt materials and their animal product counterparts. In fact, in many cases vegan belts greatly outperform belts made of leather. Cork belts, such as the ones by Corkor for example, don’t stain like leather does, and are scratch and moisture resistant. Other belts, like GRIP6’s, have aerospace grade aluminum belt buckles and can withstand up to 250 pounds of outward pressure.
One of the best features of faux leather durability wise is that it does not absorb moisture like real leather does, meaning that maintenance is much easier – just wipe it with a moist cloth to clean it. The only real downsides of faux leather are that it’s more prone to puncture and tear damage and some pleather materials aren’t so great for the environment.
All in all, it’s safe to say that as long as you stick with a reputable brand, a vegan belt will last you quite a while and serve you well. There’s no need to be concerned about their durability.
What should I look for in a vegan belt?
The main things to think about when purchasing a vegan belt are aesthetics, fastening mechanism, size, and material. Aesthetics, or how the belt looks, will mostly come down to personal taste. Just like leather belts, there’s a wide range of styles and colors available – perhaps even more considering faux leather materials and fabrics can be dyed more easily than leather.
While traditionally belts have holes that are threaded by a buckle pin to select the tightness, canvas, military, and webbed belts are usually holeless and rely on locking the belt into place with a ratchet fastening mechanism. This allows more flexibility in choosing how tight you want to wear your belt, but in some lower quality belts the buckle may lose its grip over time, causing the belt to loosen. Overall though, this is nothing to worry about so long as you choose a decent quality belt.
Size will be decided by your own personal needs. As far as material goes, we’ve already armed you with the information you need to make an informed decision regarding which materials will suit you best. (1)
Vegan belts: Reviews and views on some favorites
Now that you know a little more about vegan belts and why they’re a viable alternative to the more traditional leather options, it’s time to take a look at some of our favorites.
Women’s vegan belts
Let’s start our reviews off with this offering from Truth (watermelon not included!)
Truth Women’s Adjustable Stretch Belt
This adjustable belt from Truth is a stylish accessory made of 86% polyester and 14% elastic. It features a unique closing system that lies completely flat on your waist.
While this belt does have an innovative design, it’s lacking in functionality. The elastic is a bit too stretchy and doesn’t do a very good job at holding up your pants.
- Unique closing mechanism
- Too stretchy – this belt doesn’t hold up your pants very well
Axesoria Vegan Leathrette Jean Belt with Matte Pearlized Black Buckle
Axesoria’s vegan leather belt looks a surprising amount like real leather.
The black matte buckle has a sophisticated appearance to it, but it’s not the highest quality fastener we’ve found. It works well enough, but seems a bit on the cheap side. We would have preferred something a bit sturdier.
Overall, this is a nice belt and the buckle functions as it’s supposed to.
- Nice leather look
- Belt buckle seems a bit cheap
Slidebelts Women’s Premium Skinny Ratchet Belt
This is a super stylish faux leather belt by Slidebelts, a subsidiary of Brigs Taylor. The company has recently upgraded a portion of their popular belt line from genuine leather to vegan faux leather and we’re in love with their new offerings!
We were really pleased with the huge variety of colors and the skinny look of this belt. Great quality, very fashionable, and vegan!
However, there is one downside: upon arrival, you need to cut the belt to the proper length using your own tools and then attach the ratchet. This is kind of a pain, and is a blemish on an otherwise perfect belt.
- Good assortment of colors and options
- Some assembly required
Axesoria Vegan Leatherette Belt with Laser Cutout
The second offering from Axesoria to make our list is another faux leather belt, but this time it features a laser cutout along the strap.
This belt surprised us as it appeared to be pretty high quality and the cutout design was nicely done and pleasing to the eye.
The buckle is removable, allowing you to use a different one of your own choosing, and it also appears sturdier than the last Axesoria belt we reviewed.
- Good looking belt with a nice cutout design
- None that we could find
Earnda Women’s Faux Leather Belt
This cute PU leather belt from Earnda really makes a statement with its large gold ring buckle.
This is the type of belt that makes people take notice, so it’s perfect for spicing up whatever outfit you’re wearing, especially if you’re donning other gold clothing.
The only issue to watch out for is that it’s slightly hard to fasten due to the buckle’s design, but it wasn’t too big of a deal.
- Cute buckle design
- Can be a little difficult to fasten
Corkor Vegan Belt for Women
From wallets to bags to belts and beyond, Corkor has turned out to be one of our favorite vegan companies.
All their products are made from sustainable cork that’s fashioned to look like leather. Their products are consistently stunning, and this belt is no exception. This is a high quality, eco-friendly belt that deserves to be at the top of anyone’s list.
For more options, check out the full Corker range here.
- Made by a company with a fantastic track record
- Durable stitching
- Understated, yet incredibly stylish
- Soft and supple
- Nothing at all!
Tanpie Canvas Belt
Tanpie’s canvas belt focuses on function over fashion. This nondescript belt is available in three solid colors, all of which feature a plain black buckle.
The canvas is sturdy and tightly stitched, but the buckle is fairly flimsy and prone to breaking quite quickly.
There are also some issues with sizing, so be prepared to make a return if you end up getting a belt that is either longer or shorter than you expected.
- Nice minimalist design
- Flimsy buckle that breaks easily
- Sizing chart can be inaccurate
Men’s vegan belts
With seven women’s option under our belt (sorry!), it’s time to review some men’s vegan belts. Buckle up!
Diesel Men’s Buzyy Canvas Belt
This is one of the best men’s canvas belts we’ve found – at least as far as looks go. The belt comes in black, green, purple and orange.
The buckle is all black except for a gold accent featuring the famous Diesel logo that adds a very nice touch…if you like logos, of course. (Don’t worry if you don’t. Plainer, more discrete options are coming up below!)
The quality of this belt seems decent, but there are reports from other customers that it breaks easily.
- Great look from an established brand
- The quality is questionable
- Better value belts available
Tim and Ted Men’s Faux Leather Belt Premium Metal Buckle
As far as imitation leather goes, this product really had us fooled! If you’re looking for a belt that has that authentic leather look, this is one you definitely need to look into.
Appearance aside, there are some major issues with durability here. This belt does not do well with wear and tear, so it may be better suited to be used only for special occasions instead of as your every day pants-puller-upper.
- Authentic leather look
- Isn’t really sturdy enough to stand up to everyday wear, but would work as an occasional belt
SlideBelts Men’s Vegan Leather Belt Without Holes
This belt has all the same things we loved and hated about their women’s version. It’s a great looking belt with a unique fastening mechanism, but the assembly and trimming required can be a real nuisance.
We also found that the belt scratches easily and we would really expect more durability wise at this price point.
On the plus side, there are a number of different color options available, so you should be able to find yourself a belt to match any outfit here.
- Great looking design
- Variety of color combinations
- Belt requires assembly and trimming
- Not very durable and scratches easily
Truth “SLUG” Super Durable Vegan Belt
This is a great belt that could easily have taken the top spot as the best vegan belt in our reviews had it not come up against a certain brand yet to be revealed.
Truth have managed to put together a faux leather belt that stands the test of time and is worthy of the “super durable” moniker they’ve given it. Unlike other vegan belts, this one will last…even around the eyelets.
If you’re looking for a smart, leather-look, cruelty-free way to hold up your pants, look no further than the SLUG belt from Truth.
- Fantastic faux leather
- Great style if you’re looking for classic design
- Ultra durable, lives up to its name
- Two color options: black and brown
- Nothing at all!
Under Armour Men’s Webbed Belt
This belt by Under Armour is a simple webbed belt with a clasp fastening mechanism.
It’s available in twelve different colors, which is a definite plus point, and has a nice minimalist style to it.
The belt is pretty good all things considered, but the clasp has some issues: it doesn’t lock very well and breaks pretty easily. Definitely more of a fashion item than an everyday belt.
- Stylish and simple design
- Big name brand will appeal to many
- Clasp doesn’t lock well and isn’t very durable
GRIP6 Men’s Adjustable Nylon Military Canvas Belt Combo Pack
This military canvas belt is definitely one of the best vegan belts made in the USA that we’ve found. This particular pack comes with three belt straps, a hanger, and three buckles, giving you the freedom to mix and match the straps with different buckles to fit your taste, but there are loads of different colorways available here.
The materials and durability in this set is just off the charts – USA made and sourced aerospace grade aluminum buckle and canvas that can withstand 250 lbs of pressure? Wow! If by some strange course of events there is some damage that comes to your belt, you’re covered by GRIP6’s lifetime “guaran-damn-tee”, meaning that they’ll replace it for any reason at any time, no questions asked.
GRIP6 has a bunch of other great products as well, so be sure to check them out!
- Made in the USA
- Amazing durability: aerospace grade aluminum buckles and canvas that can withstand up to 250 pounds of outbound pressure
- Lifetime guarantee – they’ll replace any belt for any reason at any time
Fjallraven – Canvas Brass Belt 4 cm, Mountain Grey
If you’re searching for a nordic inspired canvas belt, look no further.
This belt by Fjallraven screams viking: the brass buckle has a norse inspired design and the canvas has a nice rustic look.
It’s very well put together and will work well for anyone looking for a hardy military canvas belt.
- Nordic-inspired design looks great
- The prominent logo won’t appeal to everyone
Our favorite vegan belts
For women’s belts, we really loved Corkor’s vegan belt. The cork material is innovative and just looks fantastic. It’s sturdy, well made, and sustainable to boot. This is the type of belt you can wear everyday without any worry.
On the men’s side of things, GRIP6‘s line of canvas belts gets the blue ribbon. Their belts are probably the most durable canvas belts we’ve ever seen (or heard of), completely American made from materials sourced in the USA, and come complete with a lifetime guarantee. And as if that weren’t enough: they look great and are a true pleasure to wear.
With the growth of the animal rights movement and advancements in material science over the past few years, vegans and animal lovers alike are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to animal-friendly alternatives to products that traditionally relied on violence and animal exploitation.
We hope that this guide has helped you better understand the currently available vegan belt options and will aid you in your quest to pull your pants up – and keep them there!
About The Author:
Phil Grossman is a lifestyle, real estate, and culture writer based out of New York.
A polyglot who speaks French, German, Spanish, a bit of Japanese, and a little Norwegian, Phil likes to put his love for language to good use both through traveling and writing in his second language: music. An experienced composer, Phil teaches and writes both electronic music and music for media.
Phil has been interviewed on the TODAY Show and featured on CBS 2 News, Anderson Cooper 360, and in the Journal News for his work as an education activist. Passionate about many different societal and institutional issues, Phil has shifted his current focus towards veganism and environmentalism.
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