I ordered walnut Strands and a walnut AE manistee belt from Nordstrom. They don't match in color - the belt is significantly darker than the shoes.
Is this to be expected? I can upload a picture if necessary, but if someone can tell me whether it's common or unheard of that should be enough.
It is quite common. If you were to exchange it you could either end up with one closer in colour or even further apart.
My view mentioned last time it came up was that I prefer them to not match exactly and having the belt darker allows it to work with other shoes as well.