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How to get the right size belt!

Your belt will be made to measure for you, so it's important that you give us the right size when you order! Our belts have several hole configurations possible, but the size you order will always be the length from the buckle to the centre hole so you have room for adjustment either way. We will make your belt specifically for you so can happily accommodate different numbers or layouts of holes, if you'd like something different to the options here on the website just let us know what your requirements are.

There are two ways you can work out the size you need, however by far the best option is to follow method no 1.

Method 1 - Measure an existing Belt

This is by far the best method of getting your size just right. Don't include the buckle, but measure from the very end of the leather where the buckle is, to the hole you like the best. If your belt is very thin or stretchy you should add 1/2 an inch. The size you produce using this method should be about the same as that produced by method 2 if you wish to cross reference. This size is the size you should order from us. 

Method 2

Add 2" to the waist size of your trousers. For e.g. if you wear a 30" waist you should order a 32" belt. If on the other hand you wear a 30" waist, but they are a bit of a struggle, your probably have a 31" waist so should order a 33" belt.

Please remember, you can always wear a belt that's too long (though you shouldn't have to), but you (and we) can never make it longer if it's too short! If in doubt give us a slightly too long rather than too short a measurement. At the very least cross check that the size your order is approx. your genuine trouser size + 2 inches.

Ordered Length verses Overall Length verses Number of Holes

The length that you order, as above, is not the overall length, it's to the centre hole. We measure in this way because the precise fit of the belt is more important than the overall length. The overall length can be worked out based on the size you order and the number of holes and their spacing though if your keen to make sure the point of the belt is just where you want it.

Number of Holes Hole Spacing   Length in addition to Ordered Size
3 3/4" +6 1/4"
3 1" +6"
5 3/4" +6 1/4"
5 1" +6"
7 3/4" +6 1/4"
7 1" +7"

So, using a 34" belt as an example we get the following, not including the buckle, but measuring the total length of leather from the buckle:

Ordered Size   Number of Holes   Hole Spacing   Overall Length
34" 3 3/4" 40 1/4""
34" 3 1" 40"
34" 5 3/4" 40 1/4""
34" 5 1" 40"
34" 7 3/4" 40 1/4"
34" 7 1" 41"

Hole count and spacing does make an appreciable difference to the overall length and how the belt wears, we ensure that all the configurations work well, but the tighter hole spacing and lower hole counts do make some difference to where the point of the belt will be in relation to your first belt loop, however if you are unsure as to what to chose, 5 or 7 holes spaced at 1" will be a good safe choice. We will make your belt individually for you so every aspect of these measurements is configurable if you'd like to change anything.

Heavyweight Harness Leather Belts and Bridle Leather Lined and Raised Belts

The directions above work correctly for our standard 3.5-4mm bridle leather and Calf Lined and Raised belts. For our heavier belts such as the 5mm Russet, The Scott Harness leather belt, and the Bridle Leather Lined and Raised belt family you should add an extra 1/2" to accomodate the additional substance of these belts. If the guide above produces a size for you of 36" (for eg) a 36 1/2" should be just right in one of these heavier belts.

Fitting Advice

If you'd like any help with fitting please don't hesitate to get in touch. We are happy to offer fitting guidance by email at customerservice@equusleather.co.uk or by phone on (+44) 0191 6408774.

Unsure of the size you need, or worried you'll buy a present that won't fit?

Ring us up - we're always happy to help.

Very Big or Very Small belts

We can make a belt to whatever size requirements you have, be that very small or very large (50"+). Don't be put off if your size isn't listed, we are happy to make bespoke items to your requirements. Just drop us an email and we can talk about making exactly what you want.