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Brown Shoes with a Black Tuxedo?

Published on March 5, 2019 Updated May 17, 2023

By Courtney Baldwin
Best shoes to wear with your black tuxedo
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Question:

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

Answer:

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. I like shiny tuxedo shoes because it is a clean and sophisticated shoe.

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

Courtney Baldwin
Courtney Baldwin

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 i...

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