I’m sure you’ve asked yourself this question at some point. For me, the answer is pretty obvious. So since I see this question popping up often, I decided to write this piece to provide a definitive answer to quell your anxiety and ease your fears.
Essentially, I will discuss what belt to wear with brown shoes and the rules guiding how you pair your belts and shoes. Why not check out our shoe guide to learn more about the most popular shoe types if you are curious. In addition, our belts guide gives you complete detail on the best belt buckles.
Wearing Black Belt With Brown Shoes
Short answer: you must not wear a black belt with black shoes or even brown shoes with a blackbelt. Ask yourself if brown and black match. When you do that, you will understand the logic. This situation can work when you pair black shoes with brown pants, but I strongly advise against it for your shoes and belt.
Pairing Belt and Shoe Leathers
Let’s examine the all-mighty leather matchups before discussing how to create an engaging belt and shoe combo. In effect, the situation determines the gravity of the crime against leathers. A perfect example is how you can create conflict wearing an almond-brown shoe with a black belt at a black-tie event.
You will eventually contradict the leather combo you want to pull off and pull away the attention from your snazzy suit.
However, if you believe in the somewhat hair-raising uniformity and channel your inner style, you can easily spin some variety. So, how do you do that? Leave out the changing colors and play around with the leather texture. With that, you can achieve the desired range without sticking out like a sore thumb.
Now, if you want to play the devil’s advocate, rock a more business, played-down casual look using chinos and a blazer. With that, it would make sense to play around with the idea of sporting a medium-brown shoe and a dark brown belt. An unguarded, casual look does not have to be a tie and suit ensemble.
What Color Belt Goes With Brown Shoes?
Black and white are the colors that match brown shoes pretty well. In addition, pastels, mid-tone colors, and neutrals are also great combinations. The rule of thumb is to never match across color lines and keep the shades identical.
Wait! That’s the old rule! However, with the new rule comes the idea of mixing it up with caution. We all know that it can be pretty easy to style black shoes. However, it can be tricky when it comes to brown shoes because of the various shades of brown.
In this situation, ensure to color-coordinate the whole outfit and choose your belt carefully. The essence is to create a color scheme that perfectly matches your brown shoes. Then, it will allow you to choose the perfect belt.
Let’s begin with some pastel colors, which you can use to lighten up your wardrobe. If you have tried greys or off-whites, what of lavender or pink? I will advise going for the color intensity that suits your style, and you feel comfortable wearing. Try brown loafers, a pastel-colored shirt, and white chinos for summer outfits.
If you want to add some contrasts and colors to your outfits, some of the choices perfect for this are tangerine or cobalt, emerald, magenta, or mustard. These are mid-tone colors. Mix these colors with a sweater and dark-colored trousers for the simplest outfit with brown shoes. You can also pair brown shoes with a brown belt wearing a checkered shirt with a brick-colored pair of trousers for a bolder look.
I bet you can easily incorporate these colors into your outfits so far you narrow down to three colors with a brown belt and shoes. Then, how about combining brown shoes with a light grey suit for a formal outfit? Pair it with a brown leather belt, brown shoes, and an off-white shirt.
Also, I will recommend going for a brown suede belt, brown suede shoes, and a shirt paired with a brown jacket for a casual outfit. In addition, replace your shirt with a sweater and brown Chelsea boot and create something along these lines for winter. Mix and match the neutrals to your heart’s content.
With neutrals, you will enjoy versatility in terms of occasions while staying easy to match. What about having a wider color palette? It even gets easier to add beige, navy, olive, khaki, and grey shades to your collection. Matching these colors with black and white works perfectly together.
Talking of black and white, you have great colors that pair well with brown. A perfect combination for any formal occasion is your brown shoes with a white shirt and black suit. Also, you can wear a brown belt, brown loafers, a white shirt with rolled-up sleeves, and black chinos for any casual or informal outfits.
Brown sneakers also pair well with a multi-colored or brown canvas belt, white shirt, and off-white chinos if you prefer sneakers.
Does Your Belt Need to Match Your Shoes?
You don’t have to worry too much about matching them but ensure to keep your belt and shoes as close as possible. Your shoes and belt need to match texture, leather finish, and color when wearing a suit. What about having a dress buckle for your dress shoes? This situation is highly required.
When dressed for a casual occasion, mismatching will work well. However, ensure to stick with the same color scheme so you won’t deal with clashing. Sport a light brown leather belt when you wear dark brown chukka boots. You will discover the sky is the limit with casual shoes like sneakers. Just ensure to keep the colors coordinated.
Match your belt with your shoes if the occasion calls for a suit and tie. Additionally, you can wear your classic dress shoes with a pairing leather dress belt. Make a statement by adding a patterned dress to mix up things. Select a belt that pairs well with the most dominant color when you are in a gray area, such as multi-colored or two-toned shoes.
Matching Your Belt and Shoes
I’ve always found myself in another age-old tight spot on the belt and shoes assemble, whether it is now considered too formal or one should match the two together. This anxiety-inducing but seemingly tenuous question has enjoyed several debates among professionals.
With casual dress now breaking through the most formal of office clothing, many people have broken the traditional rules by pairing the two to appear overly outdated and strict.
Anyone can break or bend these rules when matching their leather footwear with their belts. So, what are the basic rules of matching your shoes and belt? Now, let’s examine how you can look great even when disregarding these rules.
Fall back on the color wheel when you decide what color shoes and a belt to wear. Do you know that some popular shoe and belt shades are warm and others are cool? Of course, you do. So, don’t match a warm belt with a cool shoe. One tone is perfect. Consider sporting a tan belt with one to two darker shoes or a dark brown belt with brown shoes. Match closely to eliminate any possible fashion nightmares.
Let me say that you can have multiple colors on some shoes. These are casual shoes, so it can be pretty tricky to style them. When trying to match your belt, ensure to boycott two-toned shoes.
Consider Each Item’s Occasion
Whether you believe it or not, you have a few belts for casual and formal occasions, just as you do for your shoes. By default, your canvas belts are designed for casual, and you can wear leather belts formally. The same general rules apply to shoes; your leather dress shoes are formal. As such, you can also wear monks, brogues, loafers, oxfords, and similar shoes either way, while espadrilles and sneakers are casual.
Don’t pair formal shoes with a casual belt and vice versa. Keep your outfit uniform by falling back on a formal-on-formal or casual-on-casual look.
Textures, textures, textures; oh, you will find plenty of them. While textures seem critical, you may focus on metals and colors without paying any attention to them. Part of what can break or make your outfit is the perfect pairing of texture, and the typical places to find unique ones are shoes and belts.
For instance, suede shoes and a braided belt are stylish texture pairing. The clean, smooth look of suede shoes and the distinct texture of the belt are complementary. These will give you a touch of style without taking things too far. If you want noticeable textures for your belt and shoes, attempt to match the exact textures.
Pairing the Metals
The metals are one critical factor in matching your shoes and belt. You must have the same metal components on your belt and shoes, or they should be as close to the same as possible. Ensure your belt buckle has the same brass buckle as your shoes’ brass buckles. The same rule goes for silver, gold, or copper. However, the rule may not apply if your shoes have no metal.
Rocking It All the Way
Now is the time to implement all the rules for pairing your belt and shoes as you brush up on these rules. You can leave your comment for us below if you are still uncertain about the world of men’s accessories.