Groom’s Guide: How to pick the perfect wedding shoes

Sep 1, 2016 | Style

Footwear is not something us guys have to think about that often. One pair for work, one for sports and one for every other occasion – done. Women can point out 12 different types of heel while walking down a single street and while it usually seems like useless information to us, a small bit of knowledge can be really useful when choosing a pair of wedding shoes to wear with your  suit.

Don’t worry, we’ll still leave plenty of room in your brain for football facts!

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A groom’s guide to buying his wedding shoes

Consideration #1: Material

The basic features of your shoes should be black, leather and lace-up. When it comes to the soles, if possible, go for leather rather than rubber. You may think there isn’t a difference, but believe us, it’s a little thing that will make your shoe look more sophisticated.

If you’ve invested in a brand new pair, before the wedding, be sure to wear your shoes around the house for a few days after you buy them – this way you’ll soften and break them in, which means less chance of sore feet and blisters on your big day. Also remember to scuff the soles a little so you don’t slip.

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Consideration #2: Colour

While black is the main recommendation, technically, if you’re keeping it traditional and classy, you have two options here – black or brown. A black shoe is considered preferable when wanting to create a formal look. Regardless of whether you’re wearing a suit, tuxedo or morning dress, if your formalwear is dark in colour (excluding navy) you should wear black shoes.

For navy blue suits, a medium-to-dark brown should be worn. This shoe also suits a more casual outfit, like chinos, a shirt and suspenders. Other colour varieties are also available if you’re working this casual look, from burgundies to deep greens. Just because something is traditional, it doesn’t mean you have to do it!

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Consideration #3: Shoe style

It may surprise you to know that there are actually an impressive variety of shoe styles out there. While these aren’t your only options, these are the most common – and best looking – types of wedding shoe.

Oxford: Also known as the Balmoral, this shoe features closed lacing and is the most formal of all
lace-up shoes. It’s a truly classic style that is most recommended by experts for a groom.

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Loafer: ‘Loafer’ is actually an umbrella term for an assortment of slip-on shoes. While many variations of the loafer aren’t suitable for a formal occasion, you can find a few elegant styles that can really work with your wedding outfit.

Derby: This show is similar to the Oxford, but features a closed lace that creates two flaps wrapping around the shoe’s tongue. Not suitable for formalwear, but would suit a more casual look if that’s the theme of your wedding.

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Consideration #4: Do not forget to spruce

Make sure you give your shoes a good polish for the wedding, especially if you’re wearing an old pair. Trust us, dusty shoes really will ruin your entire ‘Bond’ look. If you do shine your shoes, make sure there’s no polish residue left on them – we doubt your bride will be happy if you tar her dress with black polish after you kiss her at the alter.

Also keep in mind that if you’re kneeling at the altar, the entire crowd will be able to see the soles of your wedding shoes, so make sure you’ve remembered to remove labels and price tags.

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Side Note: Keeping it casual

It’s not unheard of for a groom to wear Converse or Vans on big day. You can’t beat the elegance of a good leather shoe, but if your heart is set on casual, at least make sure your wedding shoes are sparkling clean.

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