Best Foot Forward: Wedding Shoes for the Groom

March 13, 2012 at 1:22 am Leave a comment

Grooms put your best foot forward and step out in style on your wedding day. Choosing shoes to wear on your big day does not have to be an overwhelming task. Use this simple guide to men’s dress shoes for tips and picking the right pair will be a snap.

Men’s Dress Shoes 101

Basically, there are two types of men’s dress shoes, lace-up and slip-on. Men’s lace-up shoes have two additional categories called blucher lacing and balmoral lacing. Balmoral lacing creates a V-shape with the bottom of the V beginning from the toe and widens as it goes upwards on the arch towards the ankles. Blucher lacing is the exact opposite of balmoral with the lacing wider at the bottom and coming together at the top as an inverted V. Slip-ons do not have lacing. The most common material is leather although alternatives are available. The key to selecting shoes for your wedding is to select a pair that goes best with your tux or suit and offers a good fit within a reasonable price.  

Lace-Up Oxfords

One of the most popular styles of oxford is the plain-toe oxfords, a style of shoe characterized by a lack of ornamentation and leather shaped in the form of a saddle over the instep. Blucher lacing is more formal than a balmoral on a plain-toe oxford.

Cap-Toe Oxfords features a seam separating the toe from the rest of the shoe with stitching or perforations. Choose a balmoral lacing for a cap-toe oxford to lend a sense of elegance and conservative detail.

Wingtips are a classic oxford shoe featuring a design that inspires the look of stretched-out wings created by brogue, a technique that uses tiny punched holes to create patterns in the leather.

Norwegian or split-toe oxfords showcase a single vertical seam sewn at the center of the toe on the front of the shoe. This toe seam connects two additional seams encircling the vamp or instep and toes.  

Slip-Ons

Less formal than lace-up shoes are slip-ons, a type of laceless shoe.  Varieties of slip-ons include loafers, boots, Monk straps and side gusset shoes.

Loafer styles include the penny loafer, a style featuring a slit in the instep that Eastern university students once placed pennies into thus giving the shoe its moniker. Tassel loafers are characterized by their twin dangling leather florets. Plain loafers are a simple unadorned loafers and the black patented version are sometimes called formal pumps.

Monk straps are a hybrid of lace-up and slip-on styles, most notable in the styling is a buckle located on the outside of the shoe.

Side gusset slip-ons are a plain loafer with an elastic slit on the sides that help ensure a better fit.

Lastly, boots are a quincentennial classic ranging from ankle to near knee heights with a variety of kinds from dressy cowboy to motorcycle boots. Costing quite more than shoes, boots are also an investment.

Attend the next Great Bridal Expo learn more about wedding fashion trends and for everything else related to your wedding from the initial planning to the honeymoon. For Great Bridal Expo locations and schedule information click here.

 

 

 

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