Tuxedo Shoes

Written by Serena Berger
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If you’ve gone all out for your prom or wedding and have decided to buy a tuxedo rather than renting, you certainly do not want to try to cut corners when it comes to your tuxedo shoes. Whether you prefer a classic oxford or a square toe shoe, you can find a variety of styles to go with your tuxedo. Most tuxedo shoes have a shined finish, making them stand out and complete the formal appearance appropriate at black-tie events.

For a touch of distinctive style to complement a traditional tuxedo, you might also consider black and white tuxedo shoes. For example, you might find a black shoe that has a white tongue. While touches like this are not necessarily appropriate for all formal events, they may be just the thing to make you appear a little bit unique without turning to quirky ties or cummerbunds.

If you plan to wear a white tuxedo, you may have to find white tuxedo shoes to match it. If you’ve been invited to a white tie affair, however, white tuxedo shoes are certainly not appropriate. “White tie” consists of an evening tail coat and trousers, combined with a white bow tie, shirt and waistcoast (or more commonly, vest). Your socks and tuxedo shoes with traditional white tie attire should be black.

Alternatives to Buying Tuxedo Shoes

If you plan on renting you tuxedo from a local store, you will most likely be able to rent shoes from the same store. If you find yourself in a pinch, however, any black shoes can be worn with a tuxedo. Though the finish of the shoes may not match the shine of the tuxedo, well polished black dress shoes can be paired with a tux in a pinch. And of course, if you’re going to a prom and want to stand out from the crowd, you can consider wearing your Converse, Docs, or sandals with a tux as a deliberate statement. Just make sure that your date will appreciate it!


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