Easy methods to Pair Belts & Sneakers (and Your Steel Equipment)

published on July 2, 2020

Welcome back to the Gentleman's Gazette
In today's video, we'll discuss how to

pair your shoes with a proper belt
and other accessories to create a

harmonious, dapper, overall look

Using
different colors, patterns, and textures

are important parts of creating an
outfit that looks great when paired together

A certain continuity of
different elements on your outfit will

help you look always well put together
and interesting at the same time

Managing your different accents in your
outfit is a sign of style mastery

The good thing is, it's easy to learn
When pairing shoes with a belt,

obviously, the leather color is very
important; but also the texture of the

leather, and then to a certain extent, the
metal buckle Ideally, you want to match

the color, the leather texture, as well as
the metal color of the belt, and the shoe

and other accessories you may have
At first it sounds easy, doesn't it?

but once you think about all the metal
accessories, it's a bit more tricky

Just think about cufflinks, for example
or the buckles on your Monk Straps, or

maybe a briefcase, your watch, your collar
pin, your tie bar, also think about watch

chains, or laser buttons, rings, including
your wedding band and last but not least,

eyeglasses or sunglasses
So how do we start putting together a smart outfit

focusing on the belt, the shoes, and the accessories?
First, you want to start by

putting the main components of your
outfit together By that, I mean your

pants, your shirt, and your jacket
In the second step, you choose your soft

accessories That means pocket square,
neckwear, and socks If you want to learn how

to combine pants, shoes, and socks so you
look the part, please check out this

video and to get a better understanding
of how a pocket square a tie, or a bow

tie, a shirt, and a jacket can work
together, please check out this video

Once you've picked the main components,
as well as your soft accessories, it's

time for the shoes Once you thought on a
pair of shoes,

choose the belt Basically, you have to
consider three components: the leather

color, the leather texture, and the metal
color let's start with the leather color first

We recommend that you match the
color of your shoes and your belt as

closely as possible Fortunately, because
there's a visual distance between your

belt and your shoes, it doesn't have to
match a hundred percent; it just has to

be close, so visually, it appears to be the same
The more formal the occasion,

the more important the color matching
aspect becomes, so that means if you have

black monk straps with a silver buckle,
you should match it with a black leather

belt and a silver buckle
Obviously, matching a black pair of shoes with a

black belt is fairly easy because black
doesn't come in any other shades

If you look at other colors such as brown, blue,
or green, it becomes a lot more difficult

Why? Well, just look at brown It comes in
hundreds, if not, thousands of different

shades, and matching them exactly between
your shoes and your belts is virtually

impossible, unless you bought them at the
same time, when the belt and the shoes are

made from the same leather
So wearing black shoes with a brown belt or brown

shoes with a black belt is a combination
that should be avoided at all costs

To many, that may seem fairly obvious, but
what about if you have brown shoes and

maybe a tan belt? Can you combine that?
Again, you want the tones to be as close

as possible but you have a bit of leeway
because of the visual gap between the

belt and your shoes Just look at this
burgundy belt here, for example, it has a

slightly different color than those
burgundy shoes, but when worn on an outfit, it

looks very harmonious and well put together
Now, the second aspect is

leather texture, and ideally you want the
texture to match If you, for example, have

a belt that is a box calf leather and
maybe a scotch grain belt, the textures are

not the same, but fairly similar
If you have a brown leather belt and maybe

suede shoes, the textures are more
different

The problem with brown suede shoes is
that finding a belt that has the same

color and the same suede texture is
highly unlikely, unless you have hundreds

of belts in your wardrobe In those cases,
it is more important for you to match

the color as closely as possible than
the texture

So that could mean that one is
suede and the other one is a regular

leather or a scotch grain leather but
color wise, people won't really notice it

from afar Fortunately, most people will
look at your belt from two feet away

In a nutshell dark brown suede shoes
with a dark brown box calf or Scotch

Grain leather are better than having
dark brown suede shoes with a tan suede belt

Of course, if you have suede dark green
shoes and a suede dark green belt, that's perfect

For that reason, if you buy a new
pair of suede shoes or something with an

unusual texture or color, try to think
about your belt option at the same time;

so maybe you can get a belt from the
same maker because otherwise, it will be

very difficult to pair and match it
Now the less formal your combinations become,

the more leeway you have in terms of
color and texture matching For example,

Preston often wears a tie as a belt
which is something he picked up from

Fred Astaire, on top of that, he's such a
slim guy that he has issues finding a

belt that actually fits his slim waist
Tough life, right? By the way, to learn

more about Fred Astaire style, you can
check out this video here

So what exactly does it look like? Well, let's say
you have a pair of brown boat shoes that

you wear with slacks You can wear it
with a brown woven belt, maybe even with

fabric accents or even have a two-tone
pair of navy and dark red boat shoes

You can pair it with salmon-red chinos and a
navy belt or for example, if you have

yellow shoes you can wear a madras belt
with it because it makes the whole

combination more casual, summery, and relaxed-looking If you have two-tone

shoes or shoes with more than one color,
it gives you more options because you

can pair the color of your belt with
either of the shoe; both works

Traditionally, I think people would wear
a brown and white oxford more with a

brown belt, but if you have a white belt,
that works too As you can see, the white

belt is a little more contrasting and
flashy, so you could weigh your options there

Now that we got leather color and
texture squared away, let's look at how

to match colors of the metal properly
Typically, with more formal

outfits, you have a more reduced color
palette and because of that, matching the

colors exactly of your metal accessories
become more important In an ideal world,

all the metal accessories should have
the identical metal shade and color

So that means if you have a yellow gold
buckle, you want yellow gold cufflinks, a

yellow gold watch, and a yellow gold tie
bar or collar clip; and if you have a

silver platinum or white gold buckle,
that means white gold cufflinks, silver

watch, silver shoe buckles, or maybe
briefcase buckles Now, if you want to take

it even a step further: if you have a
rose gold buckle, you wear it with rose

gold cufflinks and maybe a rose gold
collar clip or maybe a pinky ring

So where should you start with a metal
matching? Ideally, with your belt buckle

Why? Because you already had to match it
to your shoes in color and texture, and

chances that you have all your belts in
the same color and texture in gold and

in silver and rose gold is extremely
slim Now, even if you start with your

belt buckle and you maybe have a
briefcase or a portfolio, chances are, you

don't have those in all the different
leather colors and metal colors as well

For example, personally, I have a gold
wedding band so even if I have silver

accessories, I'm not going to take off my
wedding band and I'll just keep wearing it

The more accessories you add into your
outfit, the higher the chances that you

can't match all the metal shades
It's just important that you're aware of it

and try to match it where you can
If it doesn't always work out, don't worry, just

own it and wear it with confidence
I'm a clothes horse; I have many shoes and

many matching belts in color, but I often
have difficulties matching the metal shades

Honestly, it really frustrates me
because basically, it would mean I need every

belt with a silver buckle and every belt
with a gold buckle which means, I need

tons of belts – which costs a lot of money
If I gain a little bit of weight, I may

have to sell them all again and start
all over again

When I travel, I have to bring 15 belts
to make it all work so it's just

expensive, impractical, and really frustrating
So I thought about it and

was like, well, if I could just combine
any buckle I owned with any belt, I could

have a very small capsule wardrobe or both belts
and buckles that would basically give me

all the combinations that I would ever need
I knew there were belt systems like

that out there, but when I
looked at the leather quality, I was disappointed

I didn't want to wear it
and the buckles are made of cheap,

zamak material and it was just overall
nothing that would work with a high-end

suit, a bespoke garment, or just for
someone who cares about their clothes

I wanted a belt system that looked like
a regular high-quality belt with fine,

craftsmanship details and high-quality
buckles that I could wear for years or

decades to come
So you're probably not surprised, but we

decided to just create it ourselves
Of course, we started with the best leathers

We decided on a Fort Belvedere
Green Saffiano leather lining because it

has the right creases for something that
will always be bent on the outside

We used really fine German aniline-dyed box
calf leathers It's leather-lined, we use

the very high-quality stitching, the
belts are handmade in Portugal, from

Italian, and German leather The real aspect we
really paid attention to was the heavy

painting of our buckles so they don't
tarnish or show wear over time

Most of the other belt buckles I've had looked
pretty crappy a year in, and I definitely

did not want them to happen with the Fort
Belvedere buckles We start with five

colors in box calf and different buckles
in platinum and yellow gold

We'll add different colored buckles, different styles,
and more belts in the future so you can

build the belt system that works best
for you and your shoe wardrobe

Of course, another big advantage of the belt system
is that you can cut the belt to size so

it works for you and even if you lose a
little weight,

it's not going to be a problem
There's also enough holes and it will still work

when you gain a little weight; and
because you can exchange all the buckles,

you're extremely flexible
If you're interested in the Fort Belvedere belt

system, please head over to our website
where you can see the full selections

and the videos; how it works, and how you
cut it to size, as well as the benefits

over other belts and belt systems
So in today's video, I'm wearing a medium brown or

chestnut brown Fort Belvedere belt paired
with the gold, Benedict belt buckle

I chose this belt because it matches the
color and the texture of my brown

Norwegian shoes from Manina in Florence
I chose the gold Benedict buckle because

it works well with my gold Fort Belvedere
cufflinks, which you can also find in our

shop here I'm combining it all with a
tweed sport coat that is green with a

nice color depth and an orange-reddish
over plaid, To have a bit of contrast,

I wear a light blue twill dress shirt
and a very soft brushed cotton which is

really comfortable to wear the tie is
also from Fort Belvedere and made of an

orangey-red madder silk with a green
pattern, which harmonizes well with my jacket

My slacks are a hundred percent cent
cotton with a slight herringbone pattern

and they're from Polo Ralph Lauren
I added a pair of brown and beige shadow

striped socks that tie the entire
outfit together without being

over-the-top, because I already have a
rather loud jacket and tie combination

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