A Must Have: The Tory Leather Silver Hoof Pick Belt

I talk about belts a lot.  I know.  The thing is, I can’t remember the last time I wore a plain leather belt with a plain buckle.  I always wear a belt that is either an exotic leather, a monogrammed buckle, something needlepoint or woven, or something embroidered.  No joke.  Everyday.

I’ve been wearing a hoof pick belt since I found Orvis’ Ferrier belt way back when.  It’s a great belt, but has a brass buckle.  There’s nothing wrong with this, but it has an upper limit on how much I can dress it up.  Maybe because the pick isn’t shiny…I don’t know.  I wear it all the time with jeans, boots, and a sport coat, but again, nothing too dressy.

Tory Leather recently released a very affordable option with a polished silver hoof pick, and I couldn’t resist.  I have seen these in mens stores both online and in person, but they fall in the $125-$150 range, which is too rich for my blood.  The $35 price tag on this bad boy is a no-brainer.

Beyond the polished silver buckle, the leather color of the leather is a very nice medium brown, which matches most of my loafers.  The call it ‘oakbark’, but I’ll call it almond.  This goes great with jeans of any color, navy, tan, or green khakis, and any color shorts.  From a fit standpoint, it is just a bit tighter than the traditional 2″ delta.  I wear a 32 or 33″ waist, and a 36″ belt is just right – it fastens to the middle hole.  I can’t recommend this one enough, readers.

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  1. ATC
    03/14/2014 / 1:19 PM

    Ok, so this isn’t specifically about this belt, but I dig your style and would like your opinion. I just got some navy trail mocs from Oak Street Bootmakers. They’re a darker navy. What color/type of belt goes with navy shoes? I usually avoid black. Could I wear a brown belt? Any other color tips for navy shoes?

  2. J. Brendan Kelley
    03/26/2014 / 1:19 PM

    I’ve been wearing the Tory brass hoof pick belt for quite some time, and it’s by far my favorite belt. I rarely wear silver jewelry, and I try to always match buckles and jewelry so I don’t believe I’ll buy this belt. I have desired at times to have a shinier hoof pick, and it is possible to shine the brass hoof picks to a similar level as this silver buckle. Just google how to shine brass and you will find many how-to articles that will allow you to dress up your brass buckled belt as well.

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