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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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"Like the pump, formal oxfords are traditionally made of patent leather but can also be constructed of calfskin which has almost as lustrous a finish when properly polished. Whatever a man’s preference, he should avoid inexpensive patent leather as it will not only look cheap but will crack and peel as well. Conversely, he should ensure sure that his leather formal shoes are highly polished to avoid being mistaken for Li'l Abner."

But the bride and groom's wishes trump all.
Some people take this stuff so seriously! Sheesh, it's just clothing at a wedding. I happen to know that the vast majority of real Americans who responded to a scientific survey I conducted do not notice, or care about, the difference between square-toe shoes and AE Park Avenues. People on this forum need to remember that at the end of the day, we all just do what works for us, and we should all accept that the deliberate choice of a square toed shoe or a Park Avenue, or patent leather pumps for that matter, is based on our own individual style, not the "rules" of a bunch of Internet clothing forum participants. Smile.

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