Picture of Greg wearing that tux:
Such a great tux.
Mildly informed commentary from someone who hasn't worn a suit this year:
Black shoes are overrated. If you don't have the black shoe to wear with a tux, you are clearly not a regular black shoe wearer.
Therefore, dropping 1k on black calf skin shoe is a curious line of thinking.
Carmina and Edward Green will work in patent leather. I am not sure how Carmina's are constructed, but EG are cemented, and thus cheaper than regular EG pricing.
If you have no other need for black shoes, going patent would seem to be the optimal black tie solution.
The problem is a cursory search hasn't found a retailer who stocks EG patent. I'd ping EG and Carmina directly to see who would stock this. If you had to MTO EG patent, you are probably back over $1k, off the shelf I think they are $700-$800 . Carmina, if goodyear, is probably $600ish to MTO patent
I would ask C&J in NYC if they have RTW patent leather in house
The places I mentioned are in The Greater Toronto Area. I thought you are a Torontonian? If you are then check out GTAShoeShine.com. It's where I got my first 2 pairs of Vass and the operator is a styleforum member named jokb. $650 US sounds like a nice price but after currency exchange and conversion plus American taxes and Canadian duty you're probably past $1K Canadian, no?. You can MTO from GTAShoeshine for $895 CAD with no shipping. Loding and Leatherfoot are both in downtown Toronto.
@GuP check if they have your size here for Carmina Rain black calf balms http://gentlemensfootwear.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/pre-order-carmina-shoemaker-captoe-oxford-in-black-calf
Comes to $393.75 shipped after coupon and Steve @steveyoo1983 the owner of Gentlemen's Footwear is kinda awesome
I'm not sure about the model, but Carmina doesn't have different grades of construction/material AFAIK. Though the Inca last slightly more expensive than the others lasts — not too sure of the differences between Inca and others.
The string loafers I got from the Armoury are identical to the string loafers carried at Skoaktiebolaget and Gentlemen's Footwear, just at a hefty premium.