How to Pick the Perfect Shoes for Your Tuxedo

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Here at Gallelli Formal Wear, we’ve been providing suits, shirts, ties, shoes, and tuxedos for our customers for over thirty years. As the leading provider of formal menswear products in Philadelphia, our they rely on us to have our finger on the pulse when it comes to formal fashion advice and styles. That’s why we’ve created this blog explaining the best type of shoes to complement your tuxedo.

Below are some of the more popular shoe styles that help to complete a formal tuxedo outfit:

Formal Pumps

The formal pump is popular with formal wear traditionalists and maintains its place in society as a complementary footwear option that is both casual and simple. Formal pumps often display a silk bow in the center that can be flat or pinched; the shoes are typically designed using high-shine patent leather.

The subtle contrast between the bow and the leather help these shoes to match with the tuxedo, especially when the outfit includes a silk cummerbund. 

Albert Slippers

Made famous by Prince Albert, the Albert slipper was initially designed for use within the home back in the 1840s. These slippers are available in a broad range of styles and composition variations, most commonly as a black suede shoe with gold embroidery around the foot region.

Although these shoes are popularly manufactured using soft materials, we recommend wearing a leather pair to complement a tuxedo.


Brogues are a popular modern style of shoe that can be worn with almost any mixture of formal clothing. If you are looking to keep things looking traditional, purchase a pair of lace-up brogues in shiny black leather. They’re a tidy option to finish off your tuxedo suit. 

Some brogue shoe designs come with intricate patterns carved into the leather. For formal occasions, we recommend avoiding these shoes and opting for a more clean looking design to match with your smart tuxedo. Black is a popular choice in color, although you could also choose a dark brown or burgundy if you prefer something slightly different and unique.

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