Far from being ones to advocate showing up the groom on his big day – there is definitely something to be said for being the smartest turned out guest at a wedding.
Whilst you should always avoid looking too similar the groom and his team of groomsmen, that doesn’t mean that you can’t go the extra yard and put on a good show in the style stakes.
When building any outfit, the shoes are a good place to start. The basis of most classic ensembles, the shoe is a foundation to build any look, whether contemporary – sharp and sleek, or traditional – structured and timeless.
Here, we run down some of the best picks for you whether you’re tying the knot yourself, or watching in the wings – either way, with these on your feet, it’s all eyes on you.
Patent Black LoaferA true classic, the patent finish renders some serious swinging 50’s vibes that promises a sharp, elegant look with a pinch of daring. Make these your go to pair of loafers if your invite says black tie, and pair it up with a true menswear classic - the all black tux. You’ll get some serious kudos for representing some iconic vibes of the golden age of Hollywood, modernised with a contemporary shape that shows you know how to work a timeless look.
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If the wedding’s in a casual setting, you can push the boundaries a little bit. The Scott Loafer still keeps your ensemble looking smart with a rich Italian suede upper, but the white textured sole gives a comfortable base with extra flexibility that you’ll be thankful for when the temperatures rise and you hit the dance floor.
Another style that should be reserved for weddings that are done in a more casual way, the Chelsea boot is a sharp alternative to a shoe for the colder months.
Ours are made using plush Italian suede, so they’ll match up to a slightly smarter look well. Go for a darker colour – grey or black is perfect – the suede will offer a texture that offsets really nicely against the flat fabrics and colours you’ll have in your suit.
If you’re feeling the old-school, sharply tailored gentleman look, then nothing can beat a monogrammed slip on loafer. Have your initials on the front, a coat of arms or even a totally custom design – we can embroider whatever you choose straight on to the shoe.
If you’re feeling really inspired, we can make your shoes a work of art. Going to a wedding in NYC? Why not have the empire state hand painted onto your loafer. With our in house artist Jess, there really are no boundaries when it comes to what we can make just for you and your own taste.
The Contrast Loafer
Looking to spice things up a little? Contrasting your footwear is a great way to go, and gives you another pair of shoes in your closet that you’re more likely to wear for another event.
Contrasting doesn’t mean clashing colours – you can contrast shades of the same colour. For example, our Duke Bullish Blue Loafer is great for teaming up with a navy suit; the lighter shade of blue on the shoe pops without being too extravagant.
If you really want to break the mould, the Duke Camo Stormtrooper Loafer is great off set against an all-black trouser and jacket that gives a seriously eye-catching look.