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Thoughts on tuxedo shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by primetimeseano, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. primetimeseano

    primetimeseano Senior Member

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    Hi all,

    I recently ordered a midnight blue shawl collar tuxedo with black lapel facings for my wedding (more details here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/516786/looking-for-advice-feedback-on-wedding-tuxedo/30#post_8300738).

    I've been looking for shoes to go with it for a while now. I thought about patent leather at first, but my fiancee isn't a huge fan, plus I like the idea of buying something I can wear with suits and not just with the tux. The front-runner right now is these:
    http://www.allenedmonds.com/shoes/m...s&prefv1=Black&prefv2=Balmoral/Oxford&start=5

    I have a few pairs of Allen Edmonds already, and they're great. My only concern with these is that they may be slightly on the informal side (although in a way that's good, since I can easily see myself wearing them to the office and stuff).

    What do you think? I've looked around a bit for a pair of wholecut balmorals, but I haven't found any that I wanted to buy. In my earlier thread, I had people recommend Meermin and Carmina, but since I'm not familiar with those brands, I'm a bit hesitant to try them.

    Thanks! :D
     


  2. GBR

    GBR Distinguished Member

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    Black patent leather pumps are correct for accompanying evening dress - even if you believe it appropriate for a daytime function such as your wedding - it certainly is NOT. Your fiancée has no locus whatever to determine how you dress - are you choosing her apparel for the event?
     


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    Shawl Lapel Senior Member

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    BackInTheJox Distinguished Member

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    I got these. To Boot New York's Caine:

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    I wanted the Septieme Largeur black wholecuts for mine, but between the $CAN tanking and the risk of fitting by international mail, chose not to. Ended up with the Loding Roma, as Loding has stores in Toronto.

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    What is it about any of the wholecut oxfords you haven't liked that kept you from going that route?
     


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    Those look great! Do they still sell them? I just took a quick look on their website and didn't see them listed.
     


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    Nothing! I just haven't really found any in brands that I'm familiar with. It seems like a rare style these days.

    I'm on the fence on the AE Carlyles because they're not as clean as I'd ideally like - I like the look of wholecuts.
     


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    I also considered the Carlyle, but again, Canadian dollar :-/

    If you're unsure of some of the brands, reading about them on SF helps, and this site may help you get a bit more comfortable with some of the brands out there.
     


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    E welting is too fat and inelegant for formal wear
     


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    If you are going to go through the trouble and expense of getting a tuxedo, get the proper shoes to go with them. Don't sell yourself short by trying to stretch one pair of shoes into contexts they were never meant to be in.
     


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    Give this man a medal!

    Are you planning on repurposing the suit? The evening shirt? The bow tie? Using the cummerbund as a tea towel? No? Then why the obsession people have for tux shoes that can be wedged into another context?
     


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    That website looks like a fantastic resource. Thanks!
     


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    I don't disagree with you. I'm just not a huge fan of patent leather. If I can get something that looks great with the tux but can also serve other purposes, that's a bonus.
     


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