Western leather belts are specifically designed to be paired with blue jeans. The rich indigo color of the jeans when they’re new or the faded comfortable blue of an older pair always pairs well with a rich genuine leather belt. Like the cotton and indigo of the jeans, the leather in the belt is a natural product and experiences a beautiful wearing process. A “broken-in” belt will take on the personality of its wearer and truly become part of him or her.
A leather belt may be made simply, just two strips of leather matched together and sewn around the edge. But it’s far more common for a Western belt to be elaborately decorated. Leather can be decorated in several ways. It can be burned with special heat tools (similar to wood burners), covering it with intricately detailed designs such as traditional motifs or even wording. Some prefer the rustic look of carved leather. This is done with a knife, and can also produce detailed designs, but with a charming country flair. Leather isn’t always treated like wood, though. Leather can be punched with holes, shaped into curving or angular shapes, and studded with rivets