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Park Avenues With A "Tux"

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Hello all,

So in a few months I'm going to be a groomsman in my friend's wedding. He has chosen a black "tux" with a black 2B notch-lapel jacket, black vest, and black necktie - not exactly my cup of tea, but fortunately it's not my wedding either.

I'm not going to bother trying to change his mind on what he picked out, but I would prefer to avoid wearing the square-toed patent leather shoes he selected as well (just can't stand the square-toed look). I recently bought a pair of Park Avenues in black - I'd much prefer to wear those, but would they be appropriate for such an outfit? (would they be formal enough?)

Thank you for you response!
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PAs with a "tux" (hate to call it a "dinner jacket" in this case) are fine.

With that said, you should ask your friend beforehand. Not that he'll notice, but his bride might.

You can simply say, "Hey, I have another pair of formal shoes. Do you mind if I wear 'em? I am not comfortable in the rentals." If he chooses to understand that as "your feet hurt in the rentals", that is fine.
Two things I just remembered, don't know how relevant/amusing they are:

1) I declined to be in a wedding party in 1995 after seeing the proposed ensemble. For the record, it was mostly purple. As it turned out, the marriage didn't last, so no harm done.

2) One of the groomsmen for my brother's wedding forgot his socks and wore white socks. This is, apparently, the only thing my sister-in-law remembers about the wedding.
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