Apple Watch turned out to be quite a popular iOS device, with Apple rapidly taking over the worldwide smartwatch market. What this also means is that the whole ecosystem of third-party products has been created, so you can already find all kinds of docks and stands, as well as Apple Watch bands.
There’s nothing that changes any watch’s look like a new band, and lucky for us – there are hundreds of high-quality Apple Watch bands. However, a lot of people are not aware that they can accessorize their smartwatch, so they stop looking for a new band after they see Apple’s overpriced alternatives. This is why JustGoodBites has put a list of the most interesting third-party smartwatch bands.
IVSO Leather Watch Strap
IVSO brings a high-quality band made of genuine leather that actually looks and feels amazing.
I know that a lot of people aren’t pleased with Apple’s leather bands, and they seek something more traditional. This is where IVSO’s leather strap could be a great solution. Available in red, brown, and black, this classic strap comes with a stainless steel buckle that uses the more conventional steel needle mount.
This strap is available is compatible with the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch. You can find it on Amazon, priced at around $15, which is an unbelievable price. Normally it’s priced at around $50.
Lucrin Leather Strap
If you’re not mesmerized by our previous suggestion and if you’re looking for something more “premium”, we have another suggestion for you.
Lucrin offers a variety of sizes and colors in their range of leather Apple Watch bands, where you can choose from a Classic to a more refined Elegance design. There’s also a variety of leather textures and types: smooth, granulated, goat, real ostrich. There are around 30 color options to choose from.
Lucrin’s range of Apple Watch bands isn’t cheap since they start from $167. However, they are quality made and look amazing.
iVAPO Stainless Steel Metal Band
iVAPO’s band is an excellent substitute to Apple’s overpriced link bracelet ($450), which is made of premium stainless steel. There are two versions to choose from, space gray and silver – so you can match it to your smartwatch.
You will also receive a link removal tool, where you can remove up to 8 links for the perfect fit.
You can find these metal bands at Amazon and other online resellers, where the silver edition is only $25 and the space gray is priced at $36. Interestingly enough, both of these products come with a lifetime warranty.
BlackForestAtelier Vintage Leather Strap
If you are looking for something more authentic and unusual, we recommend you to take a look at an Etsy item.
This vintage-looking leather strap is made by BlackForestAtelier, and it’s is certainly one of the best looking Apple Watch straps we’ve seen. As you can imagine, these are hand-made bands that can be customized to your liking and they’re compatible with any Apple Watch model.
Since this is an Etsy item, you get a choice of colors, leather, and designs. The packaging will also bring a special screwdriver to make switching straps straightforward.
If you don’t trust us, just take a look at awesome reviews by Etsy users.
This vintage leather strap is priced at around $60.
If you like vintage-looking Apple Watch bands, and if our previous suggestion seems to be a bit too much for your taste, there’s also another very interesting leather band.
Leathersy’s handmade leather strap is made from vegetable leather and available in several colors like tan, navy blue, and black. As you can see from the image, it does feel a bit vintage, but also modern as well. Those of you who are minimalists are certainly going to love this design.
You can choose from several colors, and the band is available for all Apple Watch models.
Rubber Strap Watch
In case you’re not a fan of other combinations, maybe a rubber band should be on your shopping list.
The Rubber Strap Watch is clearly inspired by Apple’s own silicone bands but brings more vibrant colors for those of you who’d like to make a louder statement. Even the buckle arrangement is nearly identical to Apple’s own.
In difference from the Apple’s silicone band, this one is more affordable. It is priced at only $27.
Poetic Rugged Band
If you like to use your Apple Watch to keep track of your daily activity, you’ve purchased the sports version of Apple’s smartwatch.
In case you’d like to try something a bit different, but equally durable and strong, we recommend taking a look at the Poetic Rugged Band.
This is a ruggedized case with built-in strap. As you can see from the image, it protects your Watch from all sides and the raised front protects the display. Note that this Apple Watch band isn’t waterproof.
You can find the Poetic Rugged Band priced at around $20.
Case-Mate Sheer Glam Band
For the end, we’d like to point you towards a band that’s close to invisible. Maybe this could be a great fashion statement, right?
The Case-Mate Sheer Glam band is translucent, so it will be like you’re wearing nothing around your wrist, expect for the Apple Watch. This is definitely a head turner, and after all, the elastomer feels comfy.
The price of this band is $35.
We hope that you found a few interesting alternatives for your Apple Watch. This certainly is an interesting way to change how your Watch looks like, as well as find a band that will be suitable for different occasions. The best of all is that these bands are quite affordable, so you can switch different bands and completely transform how your Apple Watch looks like.
In case you have anything to add, feel free to post a comment. It’s always helpful to let the others know of your discovery, and we’ll be happy to update this article with more Apple Watch bands.