20 Pairs of Sharp Tuxedo Shoes for Your Next Formal Event

These are not your typical dress shoes.
Leather derby lace up shoes in black
Anna Hecht - The Knot Contributor.
by Anna Hecht
Anna Hecht - The Knot Contributor.
Anna Hecht
The Knot Contributor
  • As a freelancer, Anna writes articles for The Knot Worldwide.
  • A former New Yorker, Anna now lives in Stockholm, Sweden, where she is the Deputy Managing Editor at a wellness startup.
  • In addition to writing for The Knot Worldwide, Anna has worked as an editor at CNN, a reporter for CNBC Make It, and has freelanced for many other well-established online publications.
Updated Nov 21, 2021
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Looking for a stylish pair of dress shoes to wear for an upcoming wedding or formal event? Look no further than tuxedo shoes. Characterized by a distinct formality, tuxedo shoes can hold their own alongside black tie formal wear and look equally as stylish when paired with a more casual ensemble.

Often, tuxedo shoes are made with patent leather, but if you aren't feeling the shine, there are plenty of other dress shoe options that will go nicely with your chosen attire. In this roundup, we included both traditional tuxedo shoes and alternative options. Whether you're a groomsman, wedding guest or to-be-wed, we have a full lineup of formal shoes available in different styles and a variety of price points. You'll find loafers, Oxfords, patent leather pairs, derby shoes and more. All that's left for you to do? Take those kicks right to the dance floor.

Florsheim Tux Cap Toe Oxford

Shiny leather black classic Oxford shoe

Looking for a classic tuxedo shoe for a black tie event? This patent Oxford style from Florsheim ticks all of the boxes, with a timeless shape and lace-up closure. For added comfort, they're fitted with a fully cushioned memory foam footbed.

Hugo Boss Patent Leather Oxford Shoes With Grosgrain Collar Piping

Shiny patent leather black Oxford shoes

These black patent leather shoes by Hugo Boss come complete with a high-shine exterior and Grosgrain piping at the collar for an extra sharp look. The best part about this polished pair? They're versatile enough to wear for future events and occasions.

The Men's Store at Bloomingdale's Men's Penny Loafers Drivers

Black pebble penny loafers

Not sold on traditional tuxedo shoes? Consider these laidback penny loafers instead. Made from black pebble leather, they're perfect for those looking for both functionality and style.

Malone Souliers Julian Black Velvet Loafers

Black velvet loafers with two brass buckles

Want to be the most fashionable guest in attendance? Give these Malone Souliers black velvet loafers a spin. Handmade in Italy, you'll most definitely turn heads in this shoe style, which features a classic monk strap detail and polished brass buckles.

BP. Paolo Slipper Loafer

Velvet low heel slipper shoes in black

If we had to describe these loafers in one word, it'd be "luxurious." With a low stacked heel and velvet finish, these slipper shoes will ensure you're the comfiest—and coolest!—guest on the dance floor.

Mephisto Smith Leather Derby Shoes

Leather derby shoes in black with side label tag

Made with special technology that enhances the shoe's midsole support, this pair of shoes by Mephisto is engineered for comfort. They'll absorb some of the shock from walking and make it possible for you to enjoy the entire party blister-free.

To Boot New York Men's Anton Brogue Cap Toe Oxfords

Leather cap-toe Oxford shoes in black

A shoe designed for a true gentleman, these cap-toe Oxfords will quickly become your go-to when attending any formal affair. Fun fact: They're made in Italy, which is famous for making the best leather shoes, so you know you're splurging on the best.

Nordstrom Dale Cap Toe Monk Strap Shoe

Leather monk cap-toe shoe in black with silver buckles

For a twist on the classic tuxedo shoe, consider this stylish monk strap pair from Nordstrom. They're incredibly versatile and with such a simple, streamlined design, you'll be able to wear them over and over.

Alfani Men's Andrew Plain Toe Derbys

Plain toe lace up leather shoes in lback

Need a pair of shoes in a pinch? Go for this affordable, stylish design—they'll give you the formal vibe you need without having to make too much of a financial commitment.

Hugo Boss Derby Shoes in Burnished Leather

Leather derby lace up shoes in black

We have to say it: These sharp shoes by Hugo Boss are giving us major James Bond vibes. They're chic, simple and most definitely made to impress.

Mephisto Edlef Slip-On

Slide on brown smooth leather loafers

If comfort is a priority, these rich leather loafers by Mephisto should be on your shortlist. They boast shock-absorbing heels and removable Cool-Air insoles to make standing through a ceremony and cocktail hour a breeze.

Florsheim Tux Plain-Toe Oxfords

Shiny plain toe lace up Oxfords with low hoe

Dare we say that these might just be the perfect pair of dress Oxfords? With a sleek, streamlined toe and subtle lace-ups, they'll suit any black tie affair, no questions asked.

Salvatore Ferragamo Men's Rolo Moc Toe Loafers

Black leather loafers with Gancini hardware across front

For a high-fashion look, slip on these leather loafers from Salvatore Ferragamo loafers. They'll help you bring your A-game to any formal event, thanks in part to bespoke details like square moc-stitch at the toe and Gancini hardware.

Magnanni Rafa II Apron Toe Bit Loafer

Brown leather Oxfords with silver buckle across front

With a similar silhouette to classic Oxfords, these polished loafers—with a silver buckle detail across the front—are made for black tie affairs. Just slip them on and see how well they go with any classic tux.

Santoni Men's Induct Lace Up Derby Dress Shoes

Black leather lace up derby shoes

For those who regularly wear dress shoes and look for versatility, we've got you. This pair, made by Santoni, goes perfectly with any formal dress. Wear them for events where the dress code ranges from business casual to black tie.

Wolf & Shepard Gunner Driver Loafers

Brown calfskin leather

We're big fans of Wolf & Shepard for their wide range of cool men's loafers. This particular pair is made using calfskin leather and has memory foam footbeds for ultimate comfort.

Mezlan Grace Split Toe Derby

Leather burgundy lace up low heel shoes

Also available in black, these super hip burgundy shoes had us instantly inspired. Pair them with a cool jewel-toned tux and bow tie for a fall wedding and prepare to be the star of the show.

Saks Fifth Avenue Collection Blacker Leather Oxfords

Low heel tie up black leather shiny Oxfords

For those who want to look the part but have just a little something extra, we recommend these dress Oxfords from Saks Fifth Avenue. The diamond-shaped detailing along the laces makes a real statement while not skewing too trendy.

Kurt Geiger London Hugh Venetian Loafer

Velvet low heel loafers with gold eagle hardware on front

For an extra suave look, don't miss out on these Kurt Geiger Venetian loafers. What's that on the top, you ask? It's a statement-making golden eagle head to ensure your shoes stand out from the pack.

To Boot New York Perry Patent Leather Loafers

Shiny low heel Oxfords with strap across front

Dress to impress in these To Boot New York patent leather loafers. With a modern strap across the toe box, this glossy pair is a supremely stylish take on your traditional tuxedo shoe.

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