Can never go wrong with Westbournes (unless you are wearing full cut trousers, lol)... such a great looking shoe.
I agree, an evening wedding calls for black shoes, and a daytime summer wedding calls for linen suits and tan shoes.
But (and forgive me for using this thread) what if the groom himself plans to wear brown square toe loafers to a wedding that is to take place at 7pm?
Of course it's his wedding and he can do whatever he wants, but besides trying to convince him to wear black cap toe oxfords, would you still wear black shoes if you can't get to convince him?
Yes, I am in this situation and it's actually the bride who told me to try to convince the guy They're both good friends of mine.
On the sock question, I'm a simple guy with simple rules. My navy and mid-blue suits get Pantherella cotton ribbed socks in navy, my charcoal and grey suits of all shades get the same socks in mid-to-dark grey. (I can't handle patterns on my dress socks since I think they look garish, and anyway don't hold up to washing too well. And I hate the feel of wool on my feet and ankles, I don't care what's right for winter vs. summer and all that.)
With a truly light grey suit, I'd consider wearing a light-to-mid grey sock. (On the other hand, I doubt I'd wear a truly light grey suit -- mid-grey is as light as I'd go.)
As for shoes, I don't see any disrespect in wearing brown shoes, as long as they're dress shoes made of leather. Sneakers would be a problem. (Even black ones.) That is assuming the affair is in the US. Different rules in Britain and other Britishoid places. I travel to the UK often and am not brave enough to wear anything but black shoes there, especially in the City where the bankers roam. (Even though I've started to see a few brown shoes around -- maybe American expats or just IT people who are playing in their own league....)
Yeah, it looks like she can't convince him because he firmly believes those loafers are "classic" and "stylish". I hope we can convince him to get at least a pair of Meermin cap toes, which are unexpensive