truthfully, I would.. not a fan of the buckle, and wouldnt have a problem sizing down if I could not find my size
And, on the belt topic, Rancourt does shell belts in saddle and #8. They do a dark brown shell that I believe they dye in house (Bakes11771 has shell boots in this color and you can see his photos in the Rancourt thread). I imagine they could do a belt in that too. These are MTO with about a three week turnaround when I ordered. I suppose the color or finish won't be likely to match Alden exactly, but then it seems Alden doesn't frequently match itself for color and finish.
good to know, thank you for the heads up. researching now