tuxedo footwear

a friend of mine is getting married in october and emailed me asking for my opinion on these belgian tuxedo shoes:

if i had to choose a patent leather shoe to wear with a tux, these would be the shoes i would buy.  traditional or more formal tuxedo shoes are in fact black patent leather “pumps” with a grograin bow (like the ones you see above).  with that said, i don’t know anyone here in the south that wears black patent leather pumps with their tux.  that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear them if you want to.  with my tux, i usually sport a pair of black calf lace-up oxfords like these from allen edmonds:

another option for me would be gucci bit loafers.  some traditionalists might scoff at this advice, but i think these particular loafers look great with a tux.

last but not least, if you’re someone that likes to get noticed, then i recommend picking up a pair of velvet slippers to wear with your tux.  brooks brothers has a more traditional style of slipper:

but if you really want to stand out, then head over to del toro and customize your own slippers or pick out something a little more risque like these skull & bones:

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    • L. White
    • December 12th, 2012

    I’ve been Black Tie events off and on since 1978. And it seems like each generation gets worst when it come to dressing. We are getting very lazy and rational with clothing. I would only wear two of the five pair above. (belgian tuxedo shoes or velvet slippers by Brooks Brothers). Most men rent tuxedos and shoes come with them. And those who buy I’d hope they would drop another $70 – $150 for the proper shoe. Come on guys! If you’re reading from this site you care about being classy in a tux and don’t want to look like a prom date. I hope I didn’t disrespect the author.

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