Matching Belt And Shoes

belt shoe combo above the ankles

It’s well known and established to have matching belt and shoes. The fact that you’re even on a fashion blog in the first place means you have some understanding of fashion. Black with black, brown with brown, tan with tan and so on and so forth. I don’t wish to bore you with the basics. With this post I intend on helping you with some tips as to how you go that extra mile and really match your belt and shoes.

2 Essentials – Black/Brown & The Tanned Belt

Black – The black belt is a must. Don’t cheap out here. I have a few black belts but the belt I’ve been wearing for the last year is a beautiful Tommy Hilfiger leather belt. I bought it on sale from House of Fraser for £26.


Black belts go well with everything, mostly because they go unnoticed by many. Having matching belts and shoes in black is the easiest thing to do. People with a keen eye will notice your belt and they will have a new found respect for you when they see the quality of your belt. This is something that has brought about many compliments for me, I recommend grabbing yourself a nice thick, genuine leather belt, preferably with a small designer logo on it.

Brown – There are a hundreds of different shades of brown. Finding one to match your shoes will be difficult. I solved this issue pretty easily. I bought a standard brown belt for £10 from Marks & Spencer. I’ve owned it for ages and it matches loads of stuff. If you put the belt next to the shoes, it would be slightly off but who cares. Not all of us have the money to own fifteen different belts.

John Lewis Reversible Leather Belt, Black/Brown

Tan – If you have a hard time matching brown with brown you will most definitely have a hard time matching tan’s. You can’t really have a tan belt that goes with everything. I wouldn’t advise having a basic tan belt, best thing to do is take your shoes with you when you go to buy a belt and just place them next to each other.

Can You Be Too Matchy?

Matching shoes and belt is a must. It’s never too matchy, don’t listen to anyone who says otherwise. With that being said, matching more than your belt and shoes, like the other types of leather accessories are a bad idea. Wearing leather driving gloves or carrying a leather briefcase that matches your shoes and belt will look far to pretty. If pretty is your thing, go for it.

Extra Tips

Leave The Belt At Home

It’s better to leave the belt at home and go out with your brown brogues by themselves than wear an off belt with it.

Same Store

As with the picture above, many good retailers sell belts that perfectly match their shoes in store. If you’re buying a pair of beautifully blended oxblood/brown shoes and the same store sells a matching belt – buy it! If you let that opportunity slip you may never find a matching belt again.

how to match your shoes and belt

Don’t Buy A Blue Belt

Except if you’re following the previous tip and you are buying that belt specifically to match a pair of bad-ass blue loafers, avoid blue belts. Match tan with tan, brown with brown and black with black or blue.

Always Have Matching Belt And Shoes – You Can’t Afford Not Too.

Matching Belt And Shoes

Driving Gloves from

Men's Black Leather Driving Gloves cover

Do you drive? If so, do you own leather driving gloves? If you don’t drive, I ask you the same question…

Do you own leather driving gloves?

As a kid we all watched the movies and saw the main actor speeding in his ferrari/aston martin with some suave leather gloves, and then pulled out the automatic gun and started kicking ass. Well leather driving gloves make you feel like that. When I wear them I feel like at any moment a 4×4 truck is going to swing around the corner shooting at me and I’m going to have to pull out my assault rifle and end them.

Is that feeling of badass’ness worth the £45 these leather gloves would cost? Hell yeah.

Men’s Cognac Leather Driving Gloves

The Company is among the more unknown companies in the UK probably because they don’t have any retail stores. They look after their customers pretty well and if you sign up to their newsletter you receive 10% off which is £4.50 off these gloves. They also deliver to anywhere in the UK for free, which would normally cost like £3.50.

The Gloves

You could probably get these in fake leather for like £10 on the market. These gloves are made from 100% real hairsheep leather which is strong yet really soft on your skin. The gloves have the standard design you would expect from driving gloves with knuckle vents and perforated fingers which is used both for comfort and ventilation.

Available in two sizes, small & medium and in two colours, black and brown. I personally recommend brown.

Men’s Cognac Leather Driving Gloves

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Men's Black Leather Driving Gloves 1
Men’s Black Leather Driving Gloves – £45.00
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Men’s Cognac Leather Driving Gloves – £45.00

River Island Brown Check Three Piece Suit

River Island Brown Check Three Piece Suit 5

I’ve noticed recently people pretty much wearing the same type of suits with similar colour schemes. Obviously blue, black and grey suits are standard but who wants to look like everyone else. I definitely don’t like it. So I figured today I would bring you something different. Something that doesn’t look like its off the rack, yet still won’t actually break the bank.

This Brown Check Three Piece Suit is from an unusual source for myself, River Island. I’m not the biggest banner holder for River Island but I must admit there suits aren’t too bad. The quality you will get from River Island suits is similar to the suits you would get from Next or Burton.

This three piece suit is quality and for quality you will definitely have to pay a bit more than average. Made from mostly polyester but combined with wool, known as a polyblend suit, this isnt one of those lightweight summer suits. Polyblend suits are incredibly comfortable and do tend to mainly worn in winter but really and truly, we live in the UK, it’s always winter here except in July. So this polyblend suit will cost you £135 for the suit and an extra £40 for the waistcoat. Whether you choose to go for the two-piece or go all out with the three-piece, you definitely won’t regret it.

The whole suit has this beautiful brown checked design, which really makes the suit look and feel vintage. That vintage look just gives off this persona about it’s wearer as being a man of absolute class. If you are going to wear the suit on a weekend, please don’t wear the trousers, the blazer by itself is perfect for the weekend. The full suit with waistcoat is perfect for formal events, while the two piece is great for everyday work.

You really can’t go wrong with this River Island Brown Check Three Piece Suit

Racing Green Brown Leather Holdall

racing green holdall bag

Brown leather holdall bags are amazing for so many different reasons. Whether you own for the convenience of being able to throw all your clothes in it in 5 minutes and head off to another city. Or perhaps you are more like me and just enjoy carrying around a big bag with hardly anything in it just because it looks good.

A good leather holdall is only as good as the quality of the leather and this Racing Green leather is made from oil tanned premium buffalo leather. As with all real leather bags, each Racing Green holdall bag is different with it’s own natural leather markings.

As with every other holdall bag the bag comes with a removeable shoulder strap so you can hang it on your side or carry it as you wish.

Priced at £85.00 down from £170.00, I’d say it is pretty much what you would expect to pay for a decent REAL leather holdall bag. So grab yours here…

Racing Green Brown Leather Holdall

racing green holdall bag
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Ted Baker Bluez Smart Reversible Belt

Ted Baker Bluez Smart Reversible Belt

Now I’m not normally a fan of reversible belts although I think they are great when you are initially building your wardrobe, i mean you are buying two belts for the price of one. Usually reversible belts look cheap and reversible but oh my, we definitely can not say that about the wonderful; Ted Baker Bluez Smart Reversible Belt.

Two Belts

Ted Baker being the brand they are they have created two of the same belts, one black with brown on the other side and the second belt having two shades of brown. Both of these belts are made out of 100% Bovine leather, which smells amazing! You can literally smell the leather when you hold the belt – perfection. Some “leather” belts are only leather coated, these are through and through pure leather.

They both have this beautiful silver buckle with Ted Baker branded on it so you can show off a little at work.

Black/Brown Reversible


Dark-Brown/Light-Brown Reversible



Ted Baker are known for quality and they very proud of being an international fashion brand that has grown massively over the years without an advertising campaign. To be able to shop with them constantly you are going to need to have quite a decent income, definitely a lot more than I can normally afford.

Thankfully I can comfortably afford both of these beauties as they are only priced at £45 each. When you compare that to the price of a leather LV belt going for £180, you realise these Ted Baker belts are absolutely worth it.

Trust me, buy one at least and from the moment you open the packaging and smell that leather, you will be a happy man.

Black/Brown Reversible

Dark-Brown/Light-Brown Reversible

Charles Smith Brown Leather Woven Belt

Charles Smith Brown Leather Woven Belt

Some people call them woven, others braided, whatever you want to call them they are amazing belts. The Charles Smith Brown Leather Woven Belt is no different. The belt comes with a simple silver buckle connected onto a beautiful brown woven leather braid. These belts are the same as your conventional flat piece of leather belts with holes punched in except they are better.

With the Charles Smith Brown Leather Woven Belt you can slip the tongue of the belt buckle between any two strands of the belt. This means you can make the belt fit you perfectly, no need to ever punch in holes yourself using a knife or anything else you’ve tried in the past.

Colour & Price

The colour of the belt is amazing, it goes amazingly well with my shoes and attracts a great amount of compliments my way. If you own a pair of good brown shoes then this is definitely one to go for. It’s currently on sale by Gentlemans Shop for £27 down from £45.

Grab it here.

ASOS Brogue Shoes in Leather

ASOS Brogue Shoes in Leather

Since I bought my new The Grey Donegal Slim Fit Suit (Read my post here) I decided I needed new shoes that perfectly match my new suit. I’m ashamed to say I am actually yet to own a pair of brogues (I know right.)

So as you probably guessed, I jumped online and started looking at some shoes. Now the last 2-3 weeks I have bought some shirts, a new suit, a new watch and countless other little things so I suppose the idea of spending more money on new shoes I don’t actually need was a bit daunting. So considering I’m slightly addicted towards looking my best I knew I had to get some shoes so after scrawling through ASOS, I eventually picked out 10 different brogues I would buy.

These brogues are 100% real leather so you know you’re getting real quality. Priced at £40 I definitely grabbed myself a bargain on these brogues. These are great for men who wear slim fitted suits as they aren’t very wide shoes which is pretty much the main reason I didn’t get brogues in the first place. When buying brown shoes it’s a lot more risky in comparison to black shoes. Black shoes are just one set colour, but when it comes to brown, there’s so many different shades of brown and you need to make sure you have the right shade along with the right belt. I decided to get these as they are a dark and light shade of brown at the same time – It’s like the perfect middle colour.

If you want them as well – here’s the link.

GANT Brown Leather Gloves SALE

GANT brown leather gloves 2

We all love sales, well I hate sales when I have to go in store, the manic of people trying to save money is ridiculous. With that being said, online sales are amazing! So I know a lot of you, like me love GANT so I’m sure you’ll be happy to know they have a sale which covers pretty much everything they have in store. On Instagram I’ve had a lot of you ask me where’s the best place to buy leather gloves, well here they are.

GANT Brown Leather Gloves!

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Fit & Colour

I find these gloves fit perfectly, I have small hands so they are a little big for me but they still look great regardless. The brown leather is that perfect shade of brown, not too light and not too dark, it gives you that lee-way to wear it with a slightly different shade of brown shoes.

GANT also have these leather gloves in three other colours – I’ll put pictures of them at the bottom of this post.


They were being sold at £80 and now at almost half price being sold for £48, which being 100% leather is definitely a bargain.


GANT brown leather gloves 2

When it comes to anything from GANT you have to know your paying for the label, these gloves are no different. They have this little GANT logo embedded into the brown leather on the wrist part of the glove so it will be very easy for you to flick your wrist and show people you mean business.

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Hamilton Suede Loafers

Update: I don’t recommend Agnes & Norman at all, after receiving my loafers, they were the wrong colour. I ordered brown and got a cream colour, the shape of the shoe its self was ugly and huge.

So at work the other day I was just relaxing and I came across Agnes & Norman in the work database and I thought it sounded familiar so I googled the company. Turns out I recognised the store, however, I’ve never actually been in before. Now being the curious boy I am I decided to go through the website having a look at what kind of stuff they actually sell.

Hamilton Brown Suede Loafers Agnes & Norman

I normally judge a store initially on the price and then I go from there. On this instance I ended up stumbling onto the Hamilton Suede Loafers. My initial thoughts looking at these shoes were, “pshh £42, their probably not real leather.” Then i noticed they were on sale down to £42 from £70, which then captured my attention as £70 is the general bench mark for me to go for buying shoes. Anything below £60/70 I dont expect it to be that much of a quality shoe. So after checking the product description, low and behold; their a quality pair of loafers.

Here’s the online description;

“Sophisticated suede loafers with this season’s must have tassle detail, Harrison is one for the gentlemen out there. Made from stylish antique effect burnished suede with leather binding, they give a smart yet casual look to any outfit, and look particularly good paired with dark jeans.”

I don’t actually own these yet as I just ordered them online today but I can tell you that I will definitely be using these loafers as work and weekend shoes. Dark brown loafers look absolutely stunning with dark jeans so I know I’m going to be turning some heads on a saturday with these. I also can’t wait to stroll into work with these bad boys on my feet paired with a brown belt, grey suit and dark tie – I’m excited.

If you’re excited as I am – have a look here.

Hamilton Brown Suede Loafers Agnes & Norman