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Brown Shoes with a Black Tuxedo?


Is it acceptable to wear brown leather dress shoes with a black tuxedo?


Typically, it is not acceptable to wear brown leather dress shoes with a black tuxedo.  Different than a black suit, a black tuxedo always falls in the category of formal wear and should be worn with formal shoes.  Traditionally tuxedos are worn with patent leather shoes but if the shiny shoe is not your style, consider a black leather whole-cut shoe.  One of my favorite tuxedo shoes is the TGS x Marc Nolan Brooks Classic Patent (and not just because I am on TGS team!).  I like it because it is clean and sophisticated whole-cut patent leather shoe that is not too shiny!

Thinking you might wear a suit? Check out our Guide for Wearing Brown and Black Shoes with a Navy Suit

About the Author

Courtney Baldwin - SuitShop

Courtney Arrington-Baldwin is the co-author of GROOMS: A Professional Stylist’s Guide to Wedding Planning for Every Budget. She has a seasoned background in menswear styling and provides style advice and wardrobe planning for TGS couples and their wedding attendants. Living in one of the fashion capitals of the world, New York City, she has a sophisticated understanding of wedding style, fit, and budget.