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: