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Do I have to wear shiny patent shoes with my tuxedo?

With most tuxedos, you will usually see gentlemen wearing a new pair of shiny patent shoes.  Patent shoes are available in either a patent leather or a patent PVC.  The patent application gives the shoe it's "formal tuxedo shine".  Although patent shoes are usually recommended with tuxedos, they are not mandatory.  If you are totally against wearing patent shoes, you can wear a pair of your black dress shoes as long as you spend a good 5 minutes or so giving the shoes a proper polish.  A tuxedo with unpolished shoes is definitely a formal no-no.

If your budget allows, we do recommend investing in a pair of formal black tuxedo shoes to go with your tuxedo.  If you are wearing a white tuxedo or an ivory tuxedo, please be sure to check out our white tuxedo shoes or ivory tuxedo shoes.
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