23 Pairs of Tuxedo Shoes for Every Type of Groom and Groomsman

Patent, velvet, satin, and more.

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When the wedding dress code is black tie, a tuxedo is an obvious choice for grooms, groomsmen, and wedding guests. But it doesn’t stop there. Tuxedo shoes are the finishing touch to formal attire and can range in style from simple and classic to colorful, textured, and patterned styles. The latter is ideal for men that want to showcase their personality and style, though a timeless patent oxford, velvet slipper, or patent loafer can make a handsome statement.

When choosing the right tuxedo shoe, it all starts with the type of tuxedo you’re wearing. If it’s a classic black, grey, or white tuxedo, you can’t go wrong with classic dress shoes like oxfords, slippers, monk strap shoes, and loafers in black. While luxe leather can be dressy, for your wedding day, we suggest kicking things up a notch with a patent, velvet, or satin style. For a blue or tan tuxedo, black still works well, but you can go for a dressy brown shoe for a slightly more casual effect. If you’re the bold type and choosing a colorful tuxedo, we love it! You can opt for black or brown shoes to temper the impact of teal, cobalt, or burgundy. Or, go ultra-bold a go for a tonal hue for head-to-toe color. If you’d rather stick to a black tuxedo, but make a statement with your shoes, we love a colorful, embellished, or patterned style.

Ahead, the best tuxedo shoes for grooms, groomsmen, and wedding guests.

Best Oxfords: Jos. A. Bank Royal Formal Shoes

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A patent oxford is a tried-and-true classic when it comes to tuxedo shoes. With a plain toe, this pair will be comfortable and make an impact at the same time. 

Most Classic: Kenneth Cole Chief Advisor Cap Toe Dress Oxford

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When comfort is key, this leather cap-toe oxford is a winner. With a shiny finish, they’re a step up from your day-to-day dress shoes, making them the perfect tuxedo companion. 

For a Winter Wedding: Bonobos Velvet Slipper

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A velvet slipper is utterly timeless with a tuxedo but can feel like a bold choice if you’re not accustomed to the style. We say go black to ease yourself into the look. You may become a convert and wear them long after your wedding day with jeans and suits.

Best Patent Leather: Hugo Boss Oxford Shoes

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For the groom whose personal style favors, clean, classic and polished, you can't go wrong with this patent leather pair from Hugo Boss that will complement a tradtional tux, not detract from it.

Most Unique: Belvedere Karmelo Tan Lizard Oxfords

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For a navy, tan, or colored tuxedo, these brown oxfords are stylish and smart. With a cushioned insole, you can bust a many a move on the dance floor. 

For a Formal Wedding: Paul Stuart Grosgrain and Leather-Trimmed Velvet Tasselled Slippers

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A cross between your standard leather loafer and velvet slippers, this tasseled pair is a solid in-between style. With hardy rubber soles and quilted satin lining, they’re comfortable and supportive while looking dapper as ever.

For Minimalists: Suit Supply Black Velvet Slippers

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A sturdier take on the velvet slipper, this pair of black loafers is perfectly refined for formal attire. This slip-on style is lightweight and flexible, made from softly textured velvet with trim piping.

Best Classic Blue: Stacy Adams Bayne Blue Double Monk Strap Dress Shoes

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Show off your colorful personality in this polished pair of monk strap dress shoes. With memory foam cushioning, they’re as comfortable as they are bold. 

Best Budget: Calvin Klein Bernard Venetian Loafer

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If a patent oxford isn’t for you, how about this high-shine loafer? The grosgrain detailing is an elevated touch with a bit of texture to set your tuxedo look apart. 

Best Smoking Shoes: Carlo Morandi Black Satin Shoes

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Another timeless yet simple tuxedo shoe we love is the satin slipper or smoking shoe. Sleek as ever, this pair is fail-safe with any color tuxedo from black to white and navy. 

Most Versatile: Paul Smith Black Leather Coyle Derby Shoes

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For a tuxedo shoe that you can wear again and again with the rest of your suits and business casual attire, this derby shoe is choice. For a playful pop, we love the rainbow stripe on the tip of the tongue.  

Best Wardrobe Staple: Givenchy Patent Leather

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A classic pair of patent leather shoes are a classic for a reason, they're timeless and a wardrobe staple that you'll wear to all future formal affairs.

For the Fashion-Forward Groom: George Cleverley Albert Velvet Slippers

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For a pop of color with a tuxedo, this burgundy velvet slipper is as stylish as ever. The quilted satin lining will ensure hours of comfort. 

Best for Renting: The Black Tux Black Grosgrain Loafers

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For a unique loafer to wear with a tuxedo, this grosgrain and leather style is ultra-sleek. If you’re not looking to buy a new pair, this style is also available for rent. 

Most Comfortable: Cole Haan American Classic Gramercy Derby Wholecut Dress Oxford

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Cole Haan shoes are known to be the ultimate in comfort. For a dress style to pair with a tuxedo, this derby oxford features a contoured footbed and rubber forefoot pod for traction and durability, elements of the brand’s signature Grand.ØS technology. 

Best Splurge: Alexander McQueen Calf Suede Slip-On Dress Shoes

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We love the metallic cap detail on this pair of suede slip-on tuxedo shoes. It’s a stand-out accent that feels fresh and fashion-forward. 

For the Traditional Groom: Brooks Brother Golden Fleece Patent Leather Shoes

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Formal shoes often get a bad rap for being stiff and slippery, but this style offers the flexibility and comfort of an athletic shoe with the sophistication of a dress shoe. The rubber outsole features slippage-preventing stud treads and a removable Ortholite insole for superior cushioning and breathability. 

Best Loafers: Salvatore Ferragamo Bryden Shoes

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A hair-calf loafer is another dressy option if satin, velvet, or patent don’t appeal to you. This pair is handsome with every style of tuxedo from classic to modern, providing texture with a bit of sheen. 

Best High-Shine: Ralph Lauren Purple Label Alonzo Patent Leather Slipper

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For a patent-leather slipper that will last decades in your wardrobe, look no further than this style from Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label collection. Sleek and modern, it’s perfect tuxedo shoe for men looking to make a timeless investment. 

Most Timeless: Allen Edmonds Cap Toe Shoes

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For the groom who wants an expertly crafted shoe that isn't too shiny or overly statement-making, this Allen Edmonds pair is for you and will blend in seamlessly with a black tux.

Most Statement-Making: Dolce & Gabbana Two-Tone Patterned Sequin Derby Shoes

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For a playful and fashion-forward finish to a black or white tuxedo, we’re hugely in favor of these sequined derby shoes. Though an investment, this pair is the ultimate party style for the man who always makes a statement.  

Best Under $50: ASOS Design Patent Faux Leather Shoes

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Weddings are expensive enough without throwing groom and groomsmen accessories into the mix. So opt for this pair of budget-friendly faux leather shoes that will read just as dapper in photos as some of the other pricier brands.

Most Textured: Ermenegildo Zegna Lido Textured Evening Loafers

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Not all black dress shoes are created equal, as evidenced by this textured evening loafer. This shoe is our pick for the man looking to make a quiet statement, featuring a textured silk-blend with calf leather trim. 

Shopping FAQs

Looking for the perfect wedding shoes? We've answered three common questions grooms ask when shopping for tuxedo shoes.

  • What shoes do you wear with a tuxedo? Some popular shoe choices to wear with a tuxedo are patent leather oxfords, velvet loafers, and black or blue derby shoes.
  • Do tuxedo shoes have to be shiny? Traditional tuxedo shoes are typically crafted from a patent (high-shine) material but it is completely acceptable to wear formal shoes with a natural, less shiny finish with a formal suit or tuxedo.
  • Do I have to wear socks with tuxedo shoes? Definitely not! A loafer is an utterly timeless choice to pair with a tuxedo and is the best shoe to wear without socks.

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