Crocodile is an exotic leather that's traditionally incorporated into shoes, handbags, belts and other accessories, thanks to its striking scale pattern. It's seriously on the expensive side, so you're likely to find — and wear — a faux crocodile pattern embossed on leather. Designers like Gucci and Louis Vuitton love luxurious crocodile. If you own a pair of crocodile shoes, don't overdo it. Choose the rest of your outfit to reflect restrained luxury — especially when it comes to accessories such as your belt.
The belt you wear with your crocodile shoes could — if you can afford it — be made from matching crocodile or alligator leather. This makes for a very stylish tied-in look. But you can also choose a belt in any other available leather. Just make it smooth, please. Mixing patterns is a bit over the top.
Crocodile skinny belts are very on point these days thanks to designer labels such as Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren. You'll find them everywhere. If you're wearing a plain leather belt, you have a wider range of widths to choose from, but keeping things on the slim side is always a safe bet.
We all know not to mix black shoes and a brown belt — or vice versa — right? If your shoes are black, wear a black belt. If your shoes are brown, your belt should be, too. If your shoes are some other color, let's say a delicious candy-apple red, you can choose either a black or brown belt, depending on how they coordinate with the rest of your outfit. And if you can find a matching candy-apple belt instead, more power to you.
No need for a flashy buckle on your belt. Keep it simple and understated. You want your fancy shoes to be the focus of your outfit, after all.