What shoes should I wear with a tuxedo?

#1
A bit of advice needed, the title says it all really.

I am attending a masquerade ball tomorrow evening up in London. Officers mess and all that, my DJ/Tux etc is all reeady to go. My shoes however look a bit shoddy.

So...I need to nip out and purchase a new pair this evening.

Any recommendations?

Many thanks
 
#2
Wear a suit too? Then rather than get a plain pair of laced dress shoes, get a decent set of black brogues that you can at least use at other times
 
#4
in_the_cheapseats said:
Wear a suit too? Then rather than get a plain pair of laced dress shoes, get a decent set of black brogues that you can at least use at other times
I'm a civvy now....no more mess dress for me. So a tux it is.

I was contemplating on a pair of brogues, but I'm not a fan of them.
 
#5
Smudge

Firstly, only Americans, Labour MPs and footballers use the term Tuxedo. In the English speaking world we use the term Dinner Jacket. Some people get confused and refer to "Black Tie". The term "Black Tie" should only be used on invitiations IIRC - I prepare to be corrected.

Traditionally, spivs wore patent leather shoes with DJ put this has gone out of fashion. Plain leather Oxfords will do these days.

If you are going down the "Tux" route - cheap pointy shoes as worn by estate agents, gold caped teeth, lotsa bling, a unconvincing swagger, menacing pout and refer to all women as "Hos".
 
#7
Chelsea boots - no. Lace ups only.

Oh and another rule I forgot - knee length black socks. Nothing worse than seeing the top of the sock, then an expanse of pasty white flesh. Style crime.
 
#8
smudge67 said:
Chelsea boots! Good call. I hadn't thought of those.
No!! dont do it... They must be black lace up and Italian.... I have rummaged through my vast collection of shoe porn and sent you some pointers... do not wear boots (though gritted teeth)
 
#11
Hootch said:
Smudge

Firstly, only Americans, Labour MPs and footballers use the term Tuxedo. In the English speaking world we use the term Dinner Jacket. Some people get confused and refer to "Black Tie". The term "Black Tie" should only be used on invitiations IIRC - I prepare to be corrected.

Traditionally, spivs wore patent leather shoes with DJ put this has gone out of fashion. Plain leather Oxfords will do these days.

If you are going down the "Tux" route - cheap pointy shoes as worn by estate agents, gold caped teeth, lotsa bling, a unconvincing swagger, menacing pout and refer to all women as "Hos".
Potato...potato.....tomato....tomato (doesn't really work when typed) but you get the idea. Tux/DJ.....it's all the same.

The only thing bling about my wear for the evening is the mask.

So....black lace ups it is then.
 
#12
Agreed. A pair of black Oxfords, made in England!

(whoever the traitor was who suggested Italian shoes should be hung drawn and quartered)
 
#13
Right....black oxfords, with a good shine on the toe it is. If I get mocked or lynched at the ball then I will report back on the weekend with some very harsh words!
 
#14
smudge67 said:
Right....black oxfords, with a good shine on the toe it is. If I get mocked or lynched at the ball then I will report back on the weekend with some very harsh words!
They sound fine and certainly better than boots Mr D !!!...
Dont forget the black socks either... and not the horrible short ones....
 
#16
What, so this wasn't a wah?

And WTF is a "tux"? The event you're attending is this side of the atlantic, isn't it? What's wrong with calling a dinner jacket a dinner jacket? Or referring to the dress code as "black tie"?

Sorry to have gone all crusty for a moment. Maybe I'd better pop off to the "expressions that grip your sh1t" thread!
 
#17
schweik said:
What, so this wasn't a wah?

And WTF is a "tux"? The event you're attending is this side of the atlantic, isn't it? What's wrong with calling a dinner jacket a dinner jacket? Or referring to the dress code as "black tie"?

Sorry to have gone all crusty for a moment. Maybe I'd better pop off to the "expressions that grip your sh1t" thread!
Well its not in the Naafi Bar so I assume not?
 
#18
schweik said:
What, so this wasn't a wah?

And WTF is a "tux"? The event you're attending is this side of the atlantic, isn't it? What's wrong with calling a dinner jacket a dinner jacket? Or referring to the dress code as "black tie"?

Sorry to have gone all crusty for a moment. Maybe I'd better pop off to the "expressions that grip your sh1t" thread!
I am fully aware that "tux" is a septic term for a DJ. I was merely being idle, and couldn't be ARRSED to type Dinner Jacket!
 
#19
Fair enough. Sorry to get aerated about it outside of the NAAFI (!). I have visited the "expressions" thread to vent my spleen, and now feel much better.

Enjoy the ball, and I look forward to a post action report.
 

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