Feels like: A day to stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning!
In the middle of the heat of the summer it is difficult to thing about the upcoming school year, the more formal business days at the office, and the clothing and accessories that will need to replace the shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops of summer.
While the majority of people dress the same for work all year round, students and educators are among the people who may find themselves getting ready to transition from the informal wear of summer to the more formal wear of the daily routine of classes and meetings. After enjoying a few weeks away from the classroom teachers find themselves double checking their wardrobe to see if the have shoes that will be comfortable for a full day standing in front of the class and leather belts and other accessories to keep them looking their best. Of all of the accessories included in a wardrobe, quality leather belts and comfortable shoes in the basic colors may be the most needed and the most versatile.
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For women and girls a pop of color is a great addition to both shoe and belt choices. There is no denying, however, the necessity for the basic colors. On those mornings when you are getting ready with a little less time than you had planned, a traditional black leather belt, black leather shoes, and a well organized mens leather satchel will get you out of the door on time.
Backpacks, Satchels, and Messenger Bags. The key to an organized life is getting things ready ahead of time. Leather messenger bags and leather briefcases are a traditional choice that will stand the test of both time and style. With separated sections for computers, power cords, papers, and other necessities, these bags can be packed the night before and left waiting by the door. Small zippered pockets allow room for pens, pencils, pointers, and even smaller items.
Belts. Black and brown are the two standard colors for mens belts. Women, on the other hand often supplement their belt collection with pops of color and a variety of uniquely buckled options. Often worn but not seen, a quality leather belt is a standard apparel piece. Available in a variety of band widths and sizes, some men have a closet full of options, while others have two top quality leather belts that are versatile enough to work with any clothing choices. Women, on the other hand, tend to fall into three different categories: women who wear a belt everyday; women who never wear a belt; and women who occasionally wear a belt for fashion.
Shoes. Unfortunately, women’s shoes are often known as being fashionable or comfortable, often not both. Tempted by the cheap sale racks of shoes that are part of nearly every department store this time of year, the temptation can be to grab every cute and cheap pair that is still available in your size. Unfortunately, this simply leads to a cluttered closet full of shoes that look great, but kill your feet after a couple of hours of standing in the front of a classroom or rushing from meeting to meeting. Deciding instead to purchase quality leather shoes in a couple of versatile colors often makes more sense. For men, this might look like a few pair of black, brown, burgundy, and tan hard soled shoes. Some are slip ons, some have shoe strings, but all are comfortable for the entire day.
The Tradition of Quality Leather Products
In the year 2009, the value of U.S. product shipments of leather belts reached $92 million. And while leather is used in fashion items like belts, shoes, and briefcases, it is also a popular home furnishing product. Often popularized by celebrities, leather is a material that has often been pushed by celebrities. As recently as 2016, for example, celebrity Chloe Moretz modeled quality leather products for Coach’s spring show.
You may be surprised to know that at any given time the average American consumer is wearing as many as four leather items. No surprise to the leather industry that produced more than 23 billion square feet of leather in 2007.