You've finally found that perfect wedding suit or tuxedo that you love and maybe more importantly, your bride loves.
Congratulations, that is the right step towards successful wedding planning.
Now, the question remains —what wedding shoes should I pick for my wedding? Brides certainly have many options to choose from when it comes to wedding dresses and shoe wear, but no worries — grooms have many shoe options to choose from too.
Let's have a look, shall we?
Our practical guide
To explain the basics about different groom's shoewear options, we have created this practical infographic for you to have an overview of all the options at hand.
5 Tips on How to Choose Your Wedding Shoes
Before we show you our list of wedding shoes, let's go through the essential things to remember when selecting the right wedding shoes:
- Consider the style of your wedding: The theme you picked for your wedding plays an important part, including the setting. For example, celebrating a wedding at a beach would require completely different attire, compared to conducting a wedding at a church. Ensure that your shoes are suitable for whatever environment you'll be in.
- Match it to the color of your suit: Your shoes should coordinate with the color of your suit. So, If you're wearing a black tuxedo, for example, you'll want to choose black shoes. If you're wearing a navy blue suit, brown or tan shoes may be a better choice.
- Consider the formality: How formal will your wedding be? If it's a black-tie event that you're going to, then go for black oxfords. On the other hand, if you're going to a more casual wedding, such as a beach wedding, loafers may be more suitable.
- Go for comfort: Keep in mind, that you'll be wearing these shoes the entire day. Not to mention, you'll be dancing in them too (at least we hope you will). It's best to wear your shoes a few days before your big day and break into them.
- Select high-quality: Your wedding day is a special day, and it will be one you'll remember forever. Moreover, the wedding photos won't disappear anytime soon. That's why we suggest you invest a little more and purchase a pair of high-quality leather.
Men’s Black Wedding Shoes
This is such a beautiful, classical piece that you cannot go wrong with it. Black is still the most elegant color and the one used most for all kinds of weddings. If you want to keep the style simple and evergreen, reach for universal black oxfords and decide about variations – do you get them with a cap toe, plain, or with some nice broguing at the front? The fact is, anything you decide to go for, you will very likely be able to get some wear out of these shoes in the coming years after the wedding. Black wedding shoes are a very elegant, but also a practical option for grooms.
Desiring to make your black shoes show your fashionable side, opt for double monk straps (closing with a strap instead of laces) or whole-cut shoes (cut from a single piece of leather). Both are very modern choices for trendy gentlemen, so you can’t go wrong with them. During the last few years, they were tested and passed all the society tests with excellence, so no worries about wedding grandmas giving you weird looks for not wearing Oxfords.
Perfect for: Every groom that loves classic and tradition. Black pairs well with every suit color and your black groom shoes will be a very elegant wingman for the big day.
|Monk strap shoes - black flora leather
|Wholecut Shoes - black flora leather
|Semi Brogue shoes - black flora leather oxford
|Oxford dress shoes -Italianitalian calf leather
Wedding Tuxedo Shoes
Tuxedo shoes are the most elegant choice among groom shoes. Shiny, polished look, simple Oxford design that is modern in all centuries – a great choice to match your wedding tuxedo. The uniqueness and elegance of tuxedo shoes are so timeless that the tuxedo shoes have only slightly developed since the last century. Basically, you'll wear the same shoes as gentlemen from the 70s and 80s dancing the night away in jazz bars. Such is the power and statement of tuxedo shoes.
Formal tuxedo shoes are only black and worn exclusively with tuxedos, so make sure you have the proper outfit ensemble to pair with them. The “black rule” allows grooms to play with the colors of the jacket and make a further fashion statement if wanted.
The newest addition to the fashion world is wearing your tuxedo with a pair of loafers. Mostly combined with a velvet pair, this powerful fashion ensemble is a joy for the eyes of your guests. More on the wedding loafers later on.
Best for: A groom that wears a wedding tuxedo. A gentleman that enjoys the Great Gatsby era.
|Oxford tuxedo shoes - black flora leather
|Wholecut Shoes - black flora leather
Wedding Brown Shoes
Wedding brown shoes are another great option for your special day. Brown is generally considered less formal than black is, so it is not recommended for strict black-tie weddings. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to brown shoes – will you go for oxfords? Alternatively, will you make it more casual with derbies? Derbies are less formal due open-lacing lacing system, so pick them if you head out for a more casual wedding.
The most typical wedding venues for brown wedding derbies are barns, forests, or outdoor wedding vans with close access to nature. Grooms often combine them with a 3-piece tweed wedding suit, too – but that is no rule, just a preference. Brown shoes and tweed suits just go together very well.
Best for: More casual weddings, closer to nature. Matches perfectly with other earth tones or autumn colors.
|Semi Brogue shoes - brown italian calf leather
|Oxford shoes - brown italian calf leather
Blue Wedding Suit and Brown Shoes
Now, on to the most favorite combination of the past years – blue suit and brown shoes. This ensemble spread so much that it is common to see grooms wearing blue wedding suits and brown shoes all around the world. No wonder – the color combination looks amazing on everyone.
Even grooms picking blue tuxedos combine them with brown shoes for (slightly more) casual weddings. Yes, you remembered correctly, only officially approved tuxedo shoes are black. However, if you follow a more casual wedding and set the dress code, you can wear brown shiny Oxfords as your tuxedo shoes, too. After all, you are the groom and you decide.
Learn how to combine blue suits with brown shoes in our simple guide.
Best for: Everyone! This look is such a fresh, colorful choice that no one can really go wrong with it. There are many options of brown and blue shades, so you will find something you love for sure.
|Wholecut Oxford shoes - brown Italian calf leather monk
|Monk Brogue Shoes - brown Italian calf leather
In recent years, the popularity of wedding loafers has significantly increased. Mostly worn for summer weddings, loafers offer a combination of comfort and fashion. Easy to slip on (and off, in case of barefoot dancing), they look stunning combined with a linen suit. Tassel loafers and penny loafers are the most formal types, but you don’t need to steer away from horse-bit loafers if you have a beach or garden wedding.
The informality of the wedding is obvious here, if you wear loafers as a groom, the wedding dress code should be casual and relaxed. Don’t forget to put on invisible loafer socks, so you stay comfortable all day and night long. Cuffing your pants or wearing them slightly shorter also makes the loafers stand out and adds an additional touch of casualness.
Best for: Summer weddings, relaxed dress codes, and grooms looking for extra comfort and style.
Hockerty customer (suit) by @meganandkenneth
Hockerty customer (suit) by @adriana.rivera.miranda
|Tassel Loafer - black Italian calf leather
|Bit Loafer - brown Italian calf leather
Wedding Suit with Sneakers
For very laid-back weddings, you are also allowed to combine your perfect suit with sneakers. It’s a new, trendy combination that mostly young grooms love thanks to the informality and freedom to express themselves.
Let’s set some rules here: the sneakers should be white or dark shades, high-quality leather pair that was either purchased for the wedding or recently cleaned (very) thoroughly. There is no precedence for saying ‘yes, I do’ in running shoes or a dirty pair of sneakers. However, you are the groom and you can do whatever you like, but the advice would be not to reach for something you may later regret.
Best for: Laid-back weddings surrounded by your friends.
Hockerty customer (suit) by @berndhower
Wedding Shoes Recommendation Table
|Recommended Shoe Types
|Comfortable in sand, relaxed yet formal
|Black Oxfords, Tuxedo Shoes
|Most formal options
|Loafers, Brown Derbies
|Good for natural settings like barns
|Modern and Trendy
|Monk Straps, Whole-Cut Shoes
|Stylish and fashionable
|High-Quality Leather Sneakers
|Casual but clean and new
After you’ve taken care of yourself when it comes to shoes, don’t forget to help out your groomsmen. They may be wondering what shoewear to reach for, too. Share the dress code with them, tell them what you are wearing if you want them to wear a similar sty,e or advise them to avoid this type of shoes, so yours can stand out. It is not only about the groomsmen suit but also the shoes.
Generally, the same rules apply to groomsmen to the groom. Based on the suit and the wedding dress code, loafers, sneakers, tuxedo shoes etc. are great ideas. Your groomsmen might also dress down one level from you, because you will and should be the focus of the day (after bride). Check out our selection of high-quality groomsmen shoes of various types and colors for you to take inspiration from.
Hockerty customer (suits) by @nomadbynk
|Cap toe Monk Shoes - brown flora leather
|Oxford shoes - black & grey flora leather & tweed
|Tassel Loafer - blue suede
|Oxford shoes - oxblood flora leather
What Kind of Shoes Should Men Wear for a Beach Wedding?
If you're going to a beach wedding, as you can imagine, you'll be walking through a lot of sand. That's why wearing the right shoes is key. We recommend you select a pair of leather loafers. Loafers are the perfect hybrid of both formal and casual, which makes them the perfect pair for your wedding. Leather loafers are perfect, as they still have that touch of formality and luxury. It's important to choose a shoe that will be comfortable to wear in the sand and won't sink into the ground. Avoid wearing shoes with high heels or thick soles, as they can be difficult to walk in on the beach and may not be appropriate for the laid-back theme of a beach wedding.
|Black penny loafers
|Brown tassel loafers
Men’s Dress Socks Wedding
Now, that we’ve covered everything about shoes and which ones to pick for your wedding day, let’s have a look at men's dress wedding socks. It may seem like a detail but be aware that most of your guests will notice your socks at some point during the big day.
Tre trend of the past years is clear: bold, unexpected colors and patterns. Some grooms have their socks personalized and they feature a wedding quote or even the bride’s face. There is no need to go so far unless you want to, but keep in mind to add some contrast to your ensemble with your wedding socks. For example, if you wear a blue suit, try to avoid adding blue socks to the outfit and reach for black ones or a contrasting pair (of one or more colors). You can fashionably show your personality even on your wedding day.
Dos and Don'ts for Grooms' Wedding Shoes
- Do break in your shoes before the wedding.
- Do consider the venue when choosing the style and material.
- Do coordinate with your partner for a cohesive look.
- Do opt for quality to ensure comfort and durability.
- Don't go for cheaper options that compromise on comfort.
- Don't wait until the last minute to buy your shoes.
- Don't overlook the importance of proper sizing and fit.
- Don't ignore the season; fabric and material should be appropriate for the weather.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Wedding Shoes for Grooms
When it comes to choosing the perfect pair of wedding shoes, grooms often have a variety of questions. To make the process easier for you, we've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions along with their answers.
1. What is the best material for wedding shoes?
The material of your wedding shoes can significantly impact comfort and durability. Leather is a popular choice for its classic appeal and long-lasting nature. Suede offers a softer, more casual look, while patent leather provides a high-gloss, formal appearance.
2. How far in advance should I buy my wedding shoes?
We recommend purchasing your wedding shoes at least 2-3 months before the big day. This allows time for breaking them in and making any necessary alterations.
3. Should my wedding shoes match my partner's?
While it's not essential, coordinating with your partner can add a special touch. Consider matching the material or color for a cohesive look.
4. How do I ensure a comfortable fit?
Make sure to try on multiple sizes and walk around in them before making a purchase. Also, consider the width, arch support, and insole cushioning.
5. Can I wear casual shoes like sneakers?
The type of shoes you should wear depends on the formality of the event and your personal style. Sneakers can work for casual or unconventional weddings.
6. Do I need more than one pair?
It’s good to have a backup pair, especially if you plan on changing outfits or expect to be on your feet for an extended period.
7. What are the latest trends in groom’s wedding shoes?
Currently, two-toned shoes, vintage-inspired designs, and minimalist styles are making waves in the wedding fashion world.
In summary, the perfect shoe can elevate not just your outfit, but your entire experience at a wedding. From beachside nuptials to lavish black-tie events, choosing the right footwear is an art form that combines comfort, style, and appropriateness for the occasion. With our comprehensive guide, you're now well-equipped to make a choice that's as thoughtful as it is stylish. So go ahead—step confidently into your next wedding celebration, knowing you've got the perfect shoes for the perfect day!