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Can I wear these boots with a Tux?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
In theory at least, boots are more formal than shoes.... And these are really simple in design on an elegant last.... So I think they might work. Or am I just WAY off base with this one?
post #2 of 17
I vote crazy. But then of course I would, so my opinion is probably not worth much in this instance.
post #3 of 17
I'd say "no," too. Yes, they're simply designed, like an unaddorned calf pump, but a tux is the outfit with the least amount of flexibility. Also, it's supposed to be the most elegant of outfits (arguable, of course), and boots would detract from that. Nice footwear, though.
post #4 of 17
Might be a good option, say, for an outdoor event. If boots aren't otherwise necessary, though, I wouldn't do it.
post #5 of 17
As boots go, these are quite elegant. And back in the day, boots were what one wore with evening dress. The dinner jacket was a rebellion against all that, however, and it seems a bit incongruous to wear relatively heavy shoes with what should be a light and elegant indoor ensemble. But this is one of those areas where someone could get away with bending a rule. Sort of like the Duke of Windsor's suede shoes with chalk stripe suits. I'm sure not the right guy for this project, but you might be.
post #6 of 17
I might do it. I would make sure I shined the heck out of them and that my pants were not even the least bit too short.
post #7 of 17
I'm an old punk rocker,and I say why not?  
post #8 of 17
You're crazy.
post #9 of 17
I'd vote crazy too but then again along with Manton I'm a hidebound believer in rules
post #10 of 17
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I'd vote crazy too but then again along with Manton I'm a hidebound believer in rules
I think what Manton was saying is that he WOULD wear the boots.
post #11 of 17
No. I was saying that I "would" vote "crazy" because I am a hidebound traditionalist. Don't get me wrong; those are great looking boots. But I don't think they're appropriate with black tie.
post #12 of 17
Boots are appropriate with white tie but not black. When white tie evolved men wore boots and not shoes. By the time black tie arrived, evening boots were in the minority. Those particular boots, though great looking generally, wouldn't work for me with formal wear.
post #13 of 17
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Boots are appropriate with white tie but not black.  When white tie evolved men wore boots and not shoes.
The second half of this is true, but not the first, I think. Not anymore.
post #14 of 17
Pumps are better but plain boots are not noticeably different than oxfords under trousers.
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
I am not a big fan of pumps or patent leather oxfords. I've got a pair of black Alden cap toes that could (barely) work with the tux if I really polished them up, but cap toes are kind of inappropriate and Alden cap toes even more so since they're so clunky. I think I'm going to have to go searching for some plain black uncapped calf bals, maybe a wholecut. I hate buying black shoes since I almost never wear them.
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