I have a black tie holiday ball to go to tonight. I haven't worn black tie in a few years, so it will be nice to do so. Dinner suit is a black peak lapeled Luciano Barberra (made by Attolini) with grosgrain facings and a vest. I'm not a big velvet slipper guy, and I am a traditionalist, but when I would wear diminutive pumps, I always felt like my size 11.5's looked odd. So years ago, Allen Edmonds of all companies, made patent pumps that were a bit beefier, and I called and asked them if they would make them in plain black calf and 86 the red lining. They said "yes"; I think they only charged me like $100 over whatever the cost was. They're not the most elegant pumps, but the proportions are good, and the bows are of a traditional style.