Technique

Set the Right Tone: Matching Your Belt to Your Shoes

One simple way to breathe new life into your accessories rotation.

Keep it in the family: You don't have to dabble in contrasting colors when mixing things up.

There’s a fairly antiquated, easy-to-adhere-to style rule that says belts and shoes must match. But as you may have read here (or here), matching isn’t always a hard-and-fast matter. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that the only thing that really needs to match about your belt and shoes is their quality…with one caveat. No black-and-brown combination. Aside from that, go nuts. We concede that your office probably isn’t ready for a paisley belt/electric blue desert boots combo. And that’s not a problem, because today’s technique extends to tone. Simply play off a versatile color like brown. As you can see at right, we’ve paired chocolate brown Gourmet desert boots with a light beige Dunderdon belt. Not matched; but not clashing, either. Think of it as your tonal sweet spot.

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  1. Adam says:

    what belt do you suggest one wears when wearing white canvas sneakers ?

    • Jared Flint says:

      Adam – white canvas sneakers are great as they leave you with a variety of options. The only thing I would avoid is a white, woven rope belt – as that could be a bit too matchy. Tan beige leather would look great.

  2. Scott says:

    What about cordovan wingtips?

    • Jared Flint says:

      Scott – Since shell cordovan often has quite the luster to it, I’d suggest going for a more matte colored beige… of the same family but completely different tonalities.

  3. Daniel says:

    What brand are those boots in the picture?

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