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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.
For a Winter Wedding: Bonobos Velvet Slipper
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.
For a Formal Wedding: Paul Stuart Grosgrain and Leather-Trimmed Velvet Tasselled Slippers
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.
Most Comfortable: Cole Haan American Classic Gramercy Derby Wholecut Dress Oxford
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.
For the Traditional Groom: Brooks Brother Golden Fleece Patent Leather Shoes
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 High-Shine: Ralph Lauren Purple Label Alonzo Patent Leather Slipper
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.
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.