Match my shoes to my socks or to my belt instead?
Short answer: to your belt. long answer: the dressier your shoes, the more they should match your belt. So, if you’re wearing a formal suit, make sure that your shoes and your belt match; not just in terms of color, but also texture and leather finish. On the flip side, if you’re dressing casually, you should go for shoe and belt colors that coordinate well with each other.