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Belts are a wardrobe essential, but they can be hard to match with shoes and pants. There are so many options! Do you go with brown or black? A skinny belt or an oversized one? You want to look great, but you also want to feel comfortable.

Luckily, we've put together a complete guide to matching belts with shoes and pants to make this process as easy as possible. Follow along below for step-by-step instructions on how to choose the perfect belt for whatever situation you're in!

1. Choose Belts According to Your Pant Style

It's no secret that one of the most important style rules is to make sure your belt and pants match in formality. This small detail can make all the difference in how put-together you look and can be easily overlooked. After all, who really pays attention to whether their belt buckle is as formal as their suit?

The general rule of thumb is that your entire ensemble should be within one level of formality, so either super casual, casually elegant/business casual, or formally dressed up. Your belt and pants should always match in terms of formality, lest you risk looking like you got dressed in the dark (or worse, that you don't care about your appearance).

So what does this mean for different belt and pants options? Let's break it down:

  • Casual belts (made of fabric or leather) with jeans or chinos

These can be less formal than their dressier counterparts but should still match in terms of their overall look. 

You wouldn't pair a distressed denim belt with khakis—it just wouldn't work! The same goes for more casual fabric-based suspenders; they're great with relaxed trousers but not so much with jeans.

  • Dressier belts (usually made of leather with a metal buckle)

They are the types of belts you'll want to wear with business casual or formal outfits. 

Pairing a black belt with black pants is always a safe bet, but feel free to experiment with different colours and materials as well. Just make sure they match in terms of formality.

  • Suspenders

There's nothing wrong with rocking suspenders every now and again, but just be careful not to mix them up too much with your belt choices. 

Wearing both at the same time can look try-hard, so it's best to stick with one or the other when putting together an outfit. And as we mentioned before, more casual fabric suspenders should only really be worn with relaxed trousers; save the dressier ones for when you're suiting up.

2. The Belt and Shoe Colour Should Match

One of the most important things to consider when putting together an outfit is whether your belt and shoes match. It's a small detail, but it can make all the difference in how polished and put-together you look.

There are a few different schools of thought on this subject. Some people believe that your belt and shoe colour should always match, regardless of what other colours are in your outfit. Others believe that as long as they're both dark or both light, it doesn't matter what specific shade they are. And still others think that matching your belt and shoes is too boring and predictable, so they like to mix things up by pairing contrasting colours (like black with brown).

Personally, we think there's no strict rule you need to follow - it ultimately comes down to personal preference and what looks best with the rest of your ensemble. That said, if you're ever in doubt about which route to go, err on the side of caution and choose either matching or neutral coloured belts and shoes.


3. Match Your Belt and Shoe Material

When it comes to your belt and shoes, always match the materials. This doesn't mean that both items must be made of identical materials, but they should complement each other. 

If you're wearing a dressier shoe with a casual outfit, add a touch of class by choosing a belt made of leather or another high-quality material. On the other hand, if your shoes are more laidback, then opt for a canvas belt or something similar. 

Not only will this ensure your overall look is pulled together, but matching materials also tend to be more comfortable since different textures can irritate the skin when worn next to each other all day long!


1. Do black shoes go with a brown belt?

The answer is generally yes if you're wondering whether black shoes go with a brown belt. Black and brown are neutral colours that can be worn together without clashing. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when pairing these two colours together.

  • First, it's important to consider the shade of brown of your belt in relation to your shoes. If you're wearing dark brown or chocolate brown shoes, then a lighter tan or camel-coloured belt will look best. Conversely, if you have lighter brown footwear, then pair them with a darker shade like espresso or mahogany.
  • Another option is to coordinate based on textures rather than colour matching exactly; for example, choose between glossy and matte finishes or smooth and textured leathers.

Most importantly, you feel confident in what you're wearing. If mixing black and brown makes you second-guess yourself, it might not be worth it—opt for another accessory combination instead.

2. What belt to wear with black or grey shoes?

For a more formal look, consider pairing your black or grey shoes with a dark leather belt in brown or burgundy. This will give you a sophisticated edge that is sure to turn heads. 

Try pairing your shoes with a light-coloured cloth belt in tan or cream for something more casual. This relaxed vibe is perfect for weekends spent exploring new cities or simply running errands around town.

No matter what style you choose, ensure your belt fits well—it shouldn't be too tight or loose. And don't forget about the details! A small buckle in silver or gold can add just the right amount of bling to complete your look.


We hope you've enjoyed this guide to matching belts with shoes and pants. It's easy to get lost in the fashion world, but with a little practice, you'll be able to pull off any look in no time!

Please share this guide with your friends and family if you've learned something new today. They'll thank you for it!

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