The 16 best Apple Watch straps you can buy right now

Andy Boxall
Digital Trends
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best apple watch bands ullu band gall

Apple made it very easy to change the strap on your Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2, but it made the official straps it sells very, very expensive. Beautiful though they are, there’s no need to be limited to Apple’s range of replacement bands, regardless of how much you have to spend.

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Like putting your phone inside a case, changing the strap on your watch is the quickest way to give it an entirely new look, and it’s easy to build up a collection that goes with different outfits, or for when you’re doing certain activities. The choice is huge, so we’ve gathered together a list of our favorite straps and bands for the Apple Watch here.

Southern Straps Nato Strap ($25)

A more textured nylon strap than the Nyloon example below, the Southern Straps band also has stitching running down each section, giving it a different look. It feels very hard-wearing, and has been double bonded and heat sealed to make sure it doesn’t just fall apart under tough conditions. We love the khaki and red version seen here, which comes with a choice of colors for the Apple Watch connectors, and in either 38mm or 42mm sizes. Let down slightly by the strap loop, which sometimes pinched wrist hairs.

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Amazon Southern Straps

Nyloon Watch Band ($39)

Nyloon’s nylon watch band feels like it’ll last a while and withstand some rough treatment, which is just what you need from this popular style. We’ve been wearing the Napier design, which comes in navy blue and red, and found it comfortable and stylish. The shiny hardware is attractive, and the Apple Watch adapter pieces have spring-loaded bars, so you can swap out the strap for another 20mm or 22m version of your own choice.

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Nyloon

Nomad Leather Strap ($60)

Nomad’s classic leather strap, found elsewhere on our list, is available at a lower cost at the moment, but its new version has a more modern style. It loses the stitching for a sleeker, flatter look. We particularly love Nomad’s straps due to the custom designed Watch adapters, which change the look of the Watch’s face considerably. Both the adapters and the buckle have a matt finish and also come in black, ready to match your Watch model. It’s still quite a masculine design, but less so than the previous strap. The Horween leather is wonderfully supple out of the box and needs only a few hours to bed in.

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Nomad

Nomad Vulcanized LSR Silicone Strap ($40)

If you like the stylish custom Nomad Watch adaptors, but don’t want a leather strap, then its new silicone strap may appeal. Incredibly soft, completely waterproof, and friendly to the skin, it’s the ideal accompaniment to the new swim-proof Apple Watch Series 2. The hardware comes in sliver or black, and the latter attached to a black watch gives a very cool stealth look. Unlike some silicone straps, the Nomad doesn’t get sweaty thanks to a special channel on the underside of the strap, but it did catch the hair on my arm occasionally.

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Nomad

Pad & Quill Field Strap ($100)

Pad & Quill’s Field Strap is an interesting take on the fabric Watch strap, combining very hard wearing Cordura fabric with classy and comfortable leather, along with nickel hardware. The leather is stitched to the fabric on the underside, making the strap very easy to wear. Leather is also incorporated into other areas to give the band some visual excitement. The black and gray color combo is our pick, as it’s versatile enough to match most outfits and situations. Next to Nomad’s silicone strap, this is one of the most comfortable Apple Watch straps we’ve worn recently.

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Pad & Quill

Ullu Watch Band ($100+)

Ullu Apple Watch Strap
Ullu Apple Watch Strap

Using sustainable leather sourced from Italy, Thailand, Africa, and the U.S., these handcrafted leather bands are beautiful, and come in a wide range of rich colors. Available for both Apple Watch sizes, there’s a choice between premium or hand-colored leather, or moving up to the more expensive options of ostrich, stingray, or alligator leather. You can pick a case for your iPhone or iPad in the same color, for a complete matching look.

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Ullu Shop

Lunatik Epik Apple Watch Kit ($46+)

Lunatik Epic Bike Lifestyle
Lunatik Epic Bike Lifestyle

If just changing the strap isn’t enough to transform the look of your Apple Watch, how about wrapping the body up in a chunky case at the same time? That’s the solution provided by Lunatik and its crazy Epik watch straps. The body is made from aluminum and protects the Apple Watch, while still allowing the sensors room to work, and the strap is made from silicone. It all works and fits together as one, giving your Watch a look like no other.

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Amazon

Incipio Premium Leather Band ($30+)

Incipio Premium Leather Band
Incipio Premium Leather Band

Made from leather with stainless steel metalwork, Incipio’s Watch strap is more subtle than many other leather options, with a slimmer, sleeker profile. Made for the 38mm and 42mm watches, the strap comes in a choice of two shades of brown, or a darker black color. Incipio’s smartphones cases are great, and this strap has a classic design that’s sure to appeal to anyone who doesn’t want too much flash on their wrist.

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Amazon

Burkley Soft Leather Band ($60)

Burkley Soft Leather Band
Burkley Soft Leather Band

You’ll love the look and feel of these soft, genuine leather straps for the Apple Watch. Burkley is expert at fashioning leather accessories, and these straps come in a choice of different finishes and with different buckle styles. The antique coffee finish with the classic buckle gets our vote, but you can pick whatever suits you. The clasp is included, for your chosen size. You’ll find the natural leather ages, so it looks even better when it’s worn in.

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Amazon Burkley

Pad & Quill Lowry Leather Cuff ($130)

Pad and Quill Lowry Cuff Apple Watch Strap
Pad and Quill Lowry Cuff Apple Watch Strap

Renowned for its high quality, great looking leather Apple accessories, Pad & Quill makes three different straps for the Apple Watch, but we’ve singled out the Lowry Leather Cuff. Made from full grain leather in black, chestnut, or tan colors, with hand finished stitching and nickel buckles, the look is rugged yet classy. Suede on the underside of the strap makes it comfortable to wear. The one problem? It’s only for the 42mm Apple Watch.

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Pad & Quill

Monowear Design Nylon Strap ($48)

Monowear Design Nylon Strap
Monowear Design Nylon Strap

Monowear Design has a wide range of straps for the Apple Watch, but its Nylon range stands out as good value, plus there are several customization options to ensure it perfectly matches your own watch. The strap comes in various colors, while the buckle and adaptors come in stainless steel, silver, space black, rose gold, or gold. Straps are sold for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch.

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Amazon

Form Function Form Button Stud Band ($48+)

Form Function Form Button Stud Band
Form Function Form Button Stud Band

If you want something a little different, then take a look at Form Function Form’s funky Button Stud strap, which does away with any type of buckle or clasp. Instead, it has a stainless steel stud that holds a long, leather band in place. The stud and adaptor can be ordered in the color to suit your Apple Watch, just make sure you check the length to ensure the overall fit is correct. The company even provides lifetime, free size adjustments if you buy one.

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BirchBox Form Function

HyperLink Bracelet ($30)

HyperLink Bracelet
HyperLink Bracelet

A design classic, this stainless steel bracelet costs a fraction of Apple’s version, yet is made from the same material. It looks fantastic, has a cool clasp, and promises not to catch hair or skin even when worn all day. We tried an early version, and had no issues with it at all. Available in silver or a specially produced space black to match your Watch, you can buy the HyperLink bracelet for either the 38mm or 42mm watch.

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HyperLink

Clessant Nubuck Buffalo ($115)

Clessant Nubuck Buffalo
Clessant Nubuck Buffalo

Hardwearing leather straps are everywhere, but nubuck straps are far less common. Clessant sells three in different colors, with the same glorious textured nubuck finish that’s soft on the skin and very easy on the eye. Buffalo leather is apparently more resistant than other types of nubuck leather, so it should stay looking good for longer. We’re partial to the purple version, which comes in 38mm or 42mm sizes, and a choice of adaptor colors.

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Clessant Nubuck Buffalo

Arrow & Board Triple Tour Strap ($120)

Arrow & Board Double Tour Split Strap
Arrow & Board Double Tour Split Strap

Apple’s partnership with fashion house Hermes popularized the double tour style strap amongst Watch owners, but picking up a genuine version is very expensive. Arrow & Board’s option is far more reasonable, and comes with a split strap so it can be worn in three different ways. Made to order, it’s finished in tanned leather with hand stitched features and a series of brass loops and a buckle to keep the strap in place.

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Arrow & Board

Nomad Strap ($150)

Nomad is well-known for its attractive Apple accessories, and its own Apple Watch strap is no exception. The Italian leather is chunky, and the oversize stainless steel buckle and wide loops give the strap a strong, rugged look. The draw here is the untreated leather, which means it’ll age in a way other straps may not, gaining its own character over time. It’s sold for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch, comes in three colors, and a choice of black or silver metalwork.

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Nomad