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post #31 of 46
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Originally Posted by radicaldog View Post
It's not something I would actually do. I air the thought so I see how bad it sounds and then I don't actually do it.

This is like me and tubo, except the opposite.
post #32 of 46
I have 3:

Walnut AE
Dark Brown AE
Undyed bridle leather from LGC (for jeans)
post #33 of 46
Even on SF I would be embarassed to admit how many belts I have, so the answer could easily be how many do you want. However, one could just as well fill the bill if it's the right one. In my case, a lizard strap that pairs with any of my brown, tan, cordovan shoes due to its multiple colors, shades, and textures gets by far the most wear.
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
No, but we live in a world where it isn't necessary (or even desirable) to wear belts that exactly match our shoes. You only need one brown dress belt to accommodate a range of brown-colored shoes.

The real question is not how many brown belts, or what color brown, but rather: what material? The optimum solution is to wear your belt in a hide different from your shoes. A brown alligator belt, for example, is a must-have--particularly if it's tanned and dyed to yield a range of tones. Such a belt can potentially go with everything from #8 cordovan to plain coffee brown to fiery chestnut. It just wouldn't look right with alligator shoes. Save up for a single good alligator belt before arming yourself with a plethora of calfskin ones in a misguided attempt to book-match every pair of shoes you own.

When you can go more casual, surcingle, ribbon, etc., are excellent choices.

So, you only need one brown belt.

I agree with this philosophy. It's nice to have more than one belt but you don't need to. On a similar theme I have a pair of croc boots that go with basically every shade of brown due to the many different hues in the leather, from light tan to dark espresso brown. These are the only shoes I take with me when travelling due to their versatility (and comfort).

I have other shoes and more than one belt, but it is simply out of want not need.
post #35 of 46
2 :One for dress, and one for casual.

-LR
post #36 of 46
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Originally Posted by Made in California View Post
I like how teddie changed his answer from 1 to 4. I have one, but on the other hand I don't have two pairs of brown shoes.

So do I. I'm actually agreeing with Foo here - as far as brown dress belts go, I think you only need one good mid-brown or dark brown belt for dress situations. My go-to is a brown Paul Stuart belt I regularly wear with dark brown, mid-brown, suede or tan shoes.

My other brown belts are for variety and usually for more casual occasions, except the brown suede, which I use for suits and jeans. I'm not inclined to match a tan belt with tan shoes because it's too matchy for my tastes.
post #37 of 46
I have three.
Leather woven belt, dress/suit, thick leather one for jeans.
I think I would have max 5, although my wife won't be happy to see anything extra...
post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by teddieriley View Post
So do I. I'm actually agreeing with Foo here - as far as brown dress belts go, I think you only need one good mid-brown or dark brown belt for dress situations. My go-to is a brown Paul Stuart belt I regularly wear with dark brown, mid-brown, suede or tan shoes. My other brown belts are for variety and usually for more casual occasions, except the brown suede, which I use for suits and jeans. I'm not inclined to match a tan belt with tan shoes because it's too matchy for my tastes.
Yeah, I have the same thing except my example doesn't really fit with MC (SW&D example). I've got a blue/red/white D-ring belt that matches exactly with this pair of blue/red/white sneakers I have, but I never wear them together for the reason stated above. This whole thing is a lot like matching your tie to your pocket square. It's also one of the few issues that holds true in almost every case across the board both in and outside of StyleForum; I've had multiple girls tell me they dislike a guy who is too matchy-matchy (both fashion-oriented ones and not), and amazingly SF refuses to be matchy-matchy, either. So yeah, unanimous consensus.
post #39 of 46
I also have 3

one to wear and then I can rest the other two.

wearing belts on consecutive days will be hard on them and break them.
post #40 of 46
The same, around three at last count
post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by Handmadeshoes View Post
You can always match your belt with the color of your sole.

That only works for my black shoes. As for brown belts, I never acquire a pair of brown shoes unless there is an accompanying belt of the same leather, finish, and color. While it is far preferable that the belt be cut from the same hide as the shoes, it is acceptable that the belt come from the hide of a close genetic relative of the source of the hide from which the shoes are made. By "source of the hide" I mean the animal whose hide is used to make the shoes, not the person from whom the hide is obtained. It is immaterial to this discussion whether that person has any close genetic relatives. Of course the whole belt/shoe matching issue can be avoided by emulating Astaire and using a scarf or tie to hold up one's trousers. How to coordinate the scarf or tie with the other elements of one's attire is a subject for another discussion and ought not divert attention from the matter at hand. What was the matter at hand? Oh, I remember:

post #42 of 46
Thread Starter 
Do you think I can wear a chili belt with walnut shoes? Right now, that's the only brown belt I have, or should I go get a walnut belt to match it? I'm looking at the martin dingman's belts here, any suitable belts for the shoes? : http://www.onthefly.com/product/mart...ckle-belt/8193
post #43 of 46
You do not really have to slavishly match belt to shoe, that is plain stupid but you can have as many belts as you like or can afford.
post #44 of 46
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Originally Posted by Henry Boogers View Post

The official number is 7, but essentially any prime integer is acceptable.I think I have tan, light brown, mid brown, dark brown, light brown suede & dark brown suede. I am in the market for a sand suede belt as my current number is divisible by 3 and 2 in addition to 1 and itself.Edit: I just checked and I have a casual brown belt as well. That creates a dilemma, now I either forget about the sand suede, get rid of another belt, or acquire the sand and 3 more to get back to a prime number. Good thread, this is a complicated subject.
Given the number of brown belts that I have acquired recently, I'm gonna need a calculator to do the math...
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

wtf

One. You need one.
...unless I just go with this.


BTW...

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post #45 of 46
BTW...

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I'm surprised this thread didn't get more attention on the first pass.

It's the perfect SF thread -- furious argument about absolutely nothing.

BTW, you need two dark brown belts - one smooth and one textured.
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