So mens wedding shoes need to be a little boring and blend in? We don't think so.
There was a time when the groom had to look smart, well turned out, but almost blend in and certainly not take any attention away from the bride. Black cap toe oxfords would do just fine, or there would be hunt in the wardrobe for those 'smart black shoes'.
Times and styles have changed and there are many more choices available to the stylish groom.
A lot of our customers buy shoes for special occasions, like their wedding day, and we always love to see the results.
We've picked our favourite photos from a selection sent in and posted.
We'll see that with the right mens wedding shoes the groom can really add to the style of the big day.
We've already said that the oxford was and still is a popular choice for mens wedding shoes, but a black wholecut oxford takes it to the next level.
Our wholecut oxford is made from a single piece of high quality calf leather and takes real craftsmanship to make. There are no seams apart from a join at the back.
Wholecuts are sleek, elegant, with a beautiful silhouette. And there are more rare than other types of oxford so tend to get noticed.
Paired with the right suit and some careful tailoring and you can get a fantastic look.
Here's how to do it - a photo from @shiner.bear - wearing Thomas Bird Benson black wholecuts.
What an elegant and classy look. Timesless.
Here's a close up of the black wholecut.
You can see more photos here of our black wholecut.
So we're all agreed that the wholecut is a great choice?
But sometimes the groom will want the sleek wholecut look but also some colour and detail.
Of course this has to be carefully co-ordinated with the rest of the outfit (and maybe the partner's approval).
That's what our customer @roys_keith did here, combining Thomas Bird light tan Ellington wholecuts with a cream suit and blue socks. Ellington also has a punched toe design to add some interest and detail.
We think this especially works as the location is also special and colourful, with palm trees and a lake the whole thing is fabulous.
We asked the bride about how they co-ordinated their outfits.
Jeannette said, "My husband has a really good eye for fashion. He showed me the shoes for the wedding and we agreed on the style and color. They were perfect for the occasion. My husband didn’t want to play it safe with black shoes on our wedding day either. We tend to coordinate our colors."
Here's a close up of the Ellington wholecuts showing the punch toe design.
We are big fans of the monk strap, in and particular the double buckle monk.
The straps and shine from the buckles add visual interest to any outfit.
We love this shot by @claracooperphoto who has captured that quiet, reflective moment as the groom gets ready for the wedding ceremony.
The groom has chosen Thomas Bird Bourne double buckle monk straps in tan.
Here's another example, this time a lovely photo from @robparkinson23, with Rob and his bride Vicky putting on the style. Rob has gone for Thomas Bird oxblood monk straps, the red tones going well with his tie, flower, and Vicky's bouquet.
We asked Rob about how he made his choice.
He said, "I really wanted to stand out and wear something a little different on my wedding day and I was so happy when I discovered Thomas Bird. I had a chat with Vicky about our colour scheme and the oxblood monk strap shoes fit perfectly! I absolutely loved wearing the shoes and they got lots of compliments on the big day!"
If you like the look, check out our monk strap collection to see all the colours available. Black is also a good choice and oxblood goes really well with darker blue suits.
You can also read more about monk straps on our blog.
This is the place for individuals that have a strong sense of style and want to achieve something unique.
Again we have focused on wholecuts, but this time with the colour turned right up.
Imagine any of these Thomas Bird patina wholecuts being worn by the groom.
We love this beautiful photo taken by @linaandtom from Zara and Joe's wedding.
Joe looks fantastic in his custom green patina wholecuts.
He has a strong sense of personality and individuality. The choice of colour shows this and the shoes become a definite part of the wedding.
But what did the bride think?
Zara said, "So glad I saved the patina post back in April to show Joe, his green patina were amazing, and he was so comfy the whole day. Everybody loved how fabulous the shoes are!"
If strong colours are your thing, have a look at our custom patina collection. And contact us if you have another colour in mind.
These are currently our top 4 choices from the photos that our customers have posted and sent to us.
Of course there are many more good choices. Penny loafers and brogues can contribute to a stunning look. Chelsea boots and zip boots open another new horizon.
The point is that the rules have changed and grooms have many more choices available now. And about time we say.
So when you look at your wedding photos in years to come, make sure you can look at the shoes you were wearing and say 'oh yes, I got that right!'.
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