Originally Posted by mymil
I've handled the shoes stocked by Kent Wang, and they are exceptionally good for that pricepoint. Nothing else comes close.
The styling on the Vernon, and AE's in general, is/are not my cup of tea. And generally, the less ornamented, the more formal, so the Vernon might be a little under-casual if your wedding is black tie. So I think you were right to avoid.
Patent leather is traditional... unfortunately! If you're able, you could bull the toes of calfskin balmorals to approximate the look a little more closely.
I believe it, the KW shoes look tremendous. I'm just really trying to limit my budget as much as possible. I have been very, very close to pulling the trigger on them, believe me. I just feel like I would be able to find a suitable alternative that either retails for less, or retails for a similar amount but is on sale or something. And I currently have a $100 amazon gift card, so I was also hoping I could find something there (wishful thinking, I know).
In general I do enjoy AEs a good bit, and like the last (8) that the Vernon is on the most out of all their lasts. But indeed, the detailing/brogueing on the toe makes the Vernon a less formal shoe. My wedding party will be dressed in black tie, but the invitations themselves do not indicate black tie, nor do I expect many/any other people to be wearing tuxedos (I know, it seems silly and it should be all black tie or none, but these are the constraints within which I am working at this time). So in theory even if my shoe choice was not quite up to the formality we all know and appreciate as part of black tie, it would still likely appear more formal than any of the guests (but again, there's also the issue of how it would look vs. the groomsmen's shoes . . . even though they'll be cheap vinyl rentals, the casual wedding guest presumably will see them and think them to be the most formal and fanciest, and then see me wearing highly polished calfskin and wonder why I chose a less formal route).