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    Patent Leather?

    So I've been following the thread on <a>Groom's Shoes</a> started by Dan.Lish. I didn't want to hijack the thread; lots of good replies.

    Is most everyone here against patent leather for formal occasions? I mostly see patent leather shoes on people who rent tuxedo's (excluding the square toe's on work mates). I was fortunate to buy my tux second hand for almost nothing and I wear it about once a year. When I wear it, I feel like my shoes (something like these, different brand) bring down my outfit. They're polished to a shine but they still look dull (boring?)in comparison.

    I recognize you can only wear patent leather shoes (like the AE's above) in rare occasions so maybe it's just not worth owning any? Or I could just be used to seeing them in that setting and associate them with formality? Discuss.

    My Measurements: 6' 1" height, 35" sleeves, 41-42" chest/jacket, 35" waist, 34" inseam, 11.5D/EEE shoes, 200 lbs


    I was told patent leather and tux is correct, though not necessary. The shoes are supposed to be shinier the more formal it gets according to the tux place I went to a while back.



      Yea, you guys are right...the patents are mainly for extremely formal occasions. I need a tux and am waiting for a thrift store purchas hopefully. I think the PL shoes are fire when worn to the proper occasion. I dont think Dan.ish really needs the patents though. Since he is rocking a notch, and tie.

      "The key to Success is the Quality of Execution"



        patent leather with tux is "technically" correct, but IMO, there is no reason to have patent leather shoes. There are a whole lot of cheap patent leather shoes out there that look to plastic-y or cheap, that get scuffed easily, and that you'll very rarely wear.

        I would much rather invest my money in a nice pair of simple, plain or cap toe, closed laced, black oxfords, and have them shined nicely, but not patent leather. Those are acceptable to wear with a tux, and you'll more than likely have better looking shoes than all the jokers with their rented patent leather kicks



          I'm flattered that i started another conversation here.

          My whole idea when thinking about my suiting decisions for my wedding was to have something to use after-the-fact. I wanted a nice black suit to wear when the occasion called for it. The same goes for the shoes. I want a nice pair of black cap toes to wear when i need to get really dressed up.