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Do I have to wear shiny patent shoes with my tuxedo?
Article Number: 49 | Rating: 5/5 from 3 votes | Last Updated: Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 2:48 PM
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.
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