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post #1 of 17
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any reccomendations on shoes to wear with a tux? i was thinking about the black barker black loafers with no socks.
post #2 of 17
Plain black socks and patent leather shoes that lace up. Please don't attempt to look like Thom Browne in black tie. Think about the children!
post #3 of 17
please do wear black socks when wearing a tux.
a plain toe black balmoral shoe will do just as well.
post #4 of 17
I can't agree with the loafer decision- black balmorals, black patent leather or black opera slippers/pumps (my preferred shoe). In terms of hosiery, I highly recommend black silk OTC socks, though I have no idea of a good place to get some.
post #5 of 17
Just about any place sells them, such as Jos A. Bank, Brooks Brothers, Charles Tyrwhitt, etc.
post #6 of 17
I'd wear some red socks and a matching pocket square
post #7 of 17
I used to have some J&M opera pumps that fell apart one rainy night, since then I've used my black EG wholecuts, no broguing so they look quite elegant with evening wear.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jovan


Plain black socks and patent leather shoes that lace up. Please don't attempt to look like Thom Browne in black tie. Think about the children!

Patent leather? Haven't you read an issue of GQ in the past three years?
post #9 of 17
Both patent and calfskin pumps are appropriate although some like the calfskin version.
post #10 of 17
......2:

Black Patent leather dancing pumps with ribbed silk bows are the most traditional. Formal shoes can also be shined leather or velvet. Velvet pumps are most appropriate when you are hosting a formal evening at home!

Oxfords (lace up) are fine, especially in an emergency. If you're going to wear oxfords, the best choice would be a plain toe or cap toe. Nothing that would resemble daily work shoes!!! No wing tips or loafers, or any other style that might be considered business shoes. The oxford shoe can be shined as you would any dressy shoe.

The word pump may have come from either the word "pomp", or "pump" (from the application of a foot brake by the coachmen that wore this shoe style). Pumps date from the 16th century and are the oldest part of evening dress. Originally they were worn with knee breeches and silk stockings.

Patent leather is from New Jersey by way of France. The art of varnishing woods and metals was used on leather in the early 1800's in France for pumps, which were all the rage then. In 1922 Seth Boyden of Newark, New Jersey developed leather based on the European method and applied for a "patent" for the process.

Socks of fine fabric, black, over the calf.

Andy
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by saint
I used to have some J&M opera pumps that fell apart one rainy night, since then I've used my black EG wholecuts, no broguing so they look quite elegant with evening wear.
Hmm... what would you think of patent wholecuts?
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by jml90
I'd wear some red socks and a matching pocket square

Good Call! Very Dandified!
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Jovan
Hmm... what would you think of patent wholecuts?

Pass, but better than loafers and no socks.
post #14 of 17
I like the red socks-idea. May have to try it next time...

Do not wear loafers, please. And do not go sockless. Black bals at a minimum, well-shined.

I am not myself willing to wear pumps, whatever tradition dictates, so I have a pair of black patent leather cap-toes.
post #15 of 17
Burgundy socks (like those in the illustration) will be easier to do than scarlet. Bottle green or purple, too. But while black is the safe choice, it is still a great one. The sheen of silk hose projects itself with quiet elegance. I wear calf pumps. A plain-toe oxford (but not a wholecut) with a thin sole and thick silk laces would be lovely, too. Patent works better for these than pumps, in my opinion. You can also try velvet (or suede) slippers, though they are not strictly correct, few care that much these days.
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