Let’s face it, dressing for weddings is often more complicated than it seems. The date gets marked in your calendar months in advance, but usually the thought of throwing something together looms in the back of your mind until it’s too late and you inevitably dig out the same suit-and-shoes combo you’ve worn the last three times.
At the other end of the scale, others get amped up, splurge on a brand new ’fit the minute the invite hits the doormat (or inbox these days), and just hope it still fits and looks good when the big day arrives.
Whichever one of these guys you are, we’ve compiled a rundown of some of the best wedding shoes for men available this season, so at least your footwear game will be on-point (no chance of putting on weight and outgrowing your choice there).
Catering to everyone from those sat in the back to the best man, check out our selection of men’s wedding shoes for all styles and budgets.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70s
If you’re going for a casual vibe, you can’t go wrong with a trusty pair of Chuck 70s. The heavier weight option, with it’s detail stitching, has the right amount of casual as well as extra wedding-ready clout.
A stone-cold favorite among mods, beatniks, Jamaicans, and London hipsters alike, the Clarks Wallabee is as reliable as it is versatile. If a super-smart pair of shoes isn’t something you’re willing to invest in, Wallabees bridge the gap between casual and formal. Their comfort will take you from the ceremony to the dancefloor with ease.
Dr. Martens 1461 Smooth
With its instantly recognizable shape and stitching, and durable Goodyear welt construction, the Dr. Martens 1461 needs no introduction. If you’re a punk, non-conformist, industrial worker, or just someone who means business on wedding day, these are the silhouette for you.
If you want something other than a leather shoe, this versatile suede option could be your savior. English shoemaker Loake’s Mamba suede boot treads the smart/casual line, and after the big day, they’ll sit nicely in any discerning city dad’s wardrobe.
The Grenson Archie is a sturdy Gibson brogue with chunky, exaggerated features. If you’re looking to keep it smart, yet subtly stand out from the crowd, these will have you covered. Available with a regular sole or a signature white wedge sole, the Archie levels up the everyday brogue to perfection.
G.H. Bass Larson Weejuns
This oft-imitated penny loafer can be found in versions that suit all budgets, but none do it quite like the original G.H. Bass Weejuns. Simple and elegant, these won’t push you out of your comfort zone, but they’ll have you looking good without hurting your wallet.
Church’s Calf Leather Monk Strap Brogue
Monk strap brogues felt as common as Air Max 1s circa 2010, with the sartorially minded Pitti Uomo crowd flooding Tumblr and all manner of style outlets. But if it’s a distinguished look you’re going for today, Church’s Calf Leather Monk Strap Brogue, with it’s sleek structure and rounded toe, is the one to go for.
Gucci Patent Leather Lace-Up Shoe
None do the traditional dress shoe quite as elegantly as Gucci. The Patent Leather Lace-Up Shoe is simple and classic — not to mention so shiny you can check if you’ve got something in your teeth before your big speech. Embarrassment avoided.
Berluti Caractère Eclair Alligator Leather Boot
Looking to stunt? The price tag of these Berluti alligator spectaculars says everything you need to know.
Outside the Box
Dsquared2 Cowboy Boots
Those who want a conversation-starter at the wedding should take a leaf out of Erik Brunetti’s book. The FUCT founder recently rocked a pair of cowboy boots with a suit to his brand’s Supreme Court hearing and looked totally badass. These Dsquared2 quilted leather cowboy boots should wrangle more than a few head-turns.
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