The Best Men’s Dress Shoes for Your Wedding and Every Formal Occasion

As occasions that can include everything from a formal dinner to hitting the dance floor with your entire college crew, weddings can feel like one of the trickiest sartorial situations. Luckily, we’ve got 100 years of experience in making the sharpest American footwear to help you find the right style for every type of celebration. The most important thing to remember about wedding style or styling for any formal event, is that you should dress to match the mood of the celebration. Whether that means following the traditional rules of formalwear or getting creative and making a statement, your shoes are going to be the all-important foundation of your look.

 

Start by thinking about the formality of the occasion, and then consider the time of day, location and activities planned for the event. Lighter, more flexible styles are perfect for all day affairs that transition into dancing through the night, while more traditional oxford shoes are an excellent fit for sophisticated sit-down dinners. Whether you’re the groom, one of the groomsmen or a guest, get ready to lock down your look with the best men’s wedding shoes.

The Black-Tie Event

 

 

The most formal occasions call for a classic black dress shoe like our Carlyle oxford in patent leather. Both the color and material compliment every type of formalwear, while the sleek shape of a traditional oxford elegantly embodies all the sophistication of a dressed-up evening. Combining high-gloss polish with the ultra-clean lines of our 108 footwear last, these are the best wedding shoes for grooms that are going to be wearing a tuxedo.

black patent dress shoe

Carlyle Plain-Toe Oxford

The Semi-formal Occasion

 

 

When the invitation calls for “cocktail attire,” you need to be RSVPing in your favorite suit and our iconic Park Avenue cap-toe oxford. With over two million pairs sold since it was first introduced in 1982, this timeless best-seller has a proven versatility that’s made for situations with ambiguous dress codes. Perfect for both elevated and everyday settings, this is the forever dress shoe that should be in everyone’s closet.

black leather dress casual shoe

Park Avenue Shell Cordovan Cap-Toe Oxford

The Summer Ceremony

 

 

Higher temperatures mean taking a cooler, more comfortable approach to getting dressed up. If you’re saying “I do,” during the spring or summer, stay light and comfortable on your feet in our Lucca derby. Combining the sleek, plain-toe design of formal shoes with a flexibly lightweight Blake-stitch construction, it’s the definition of effortlessly elevated groom style.

black leather dress derby mens shoe

Lucca Derby Dress Shoe

The Outdoor
Celebration

 

 

You found the ideal natural setting and planned the ultimate locally sourced menu, now you just need the perfect groom wedding shoes. The perforations on leather shoes—known as broguing—were originally designed to drain moisture while working in damp conditions in the Irish countryside. Today that intricate detailing gives styles like our Standmok oxford just the right amount of rugged charm.

Brown casual dress shoe

Strandmok Cap-Toe Oxford with Dainite Rubber Sole

All Types of Occasions

 

 

Still not sure which style is right for you? Instead of overthinking it, leave the lace-up shoes at home and ease into a pair of tassel loafers. This streamlined style of slip-on has long been a favorite of both vacationing movie stars and high-powered execs for one simple reason: it looks incredibly smart in every setting. The refined shape of our Lucca loafer fits right in with the sharpest tailoring while the design’s relaxed attitude is just as well-suited to more casual wear. It also features a light, flexible build that makes it perfect for even the most active celebrations.

navy tassel dress loafer

Lucca Tassel Loafer

Get Creative
on Your Big Day

 

 

There’s no better way to walk down the aisle than in a pair of shoes made just for you. With our customization program you can pick your uppers, select your soles and create a one-of-a-kind version of some of our most iconic styles like the Park Avenue and Strandmok oxford.

Wedding Guests, We’ve Got You Covered

 

 

While any of the styles above work just as well for guests as they do for grooms, we know you might want to go a little more laidback for your wedding inspiration if you aren’t the man of the hour. Our dress sneakers and casual shoes boast best-quality materials and a comfortable functionality you’ll appreciate at everything from the rehearsal dinner to the post-wedding brunch.

White Laceup Sneaker

Alpha Lace-up Sneaker

tan dress sneaker, wedding guest

Strand Suede Oxford Sneaker

mens brown dress shoe with lug sole

Park Avenue Cap-Toe Oxford with Lug Sole

mens brown dress loafer

Randolph Penny Loafer