To wed the love of your life is probably one of the most beautiful and exciting things one can experience in this lifetime. But to look your best and be extra dashing on the day of your wedding? That is a completely different ballgame. While brides plan diligently for their dream wedding gowns and glam, grooms also need to prepare just as much for their big day—from tailoring their suits or barongs, to looking for the perfect ties, down to choosing their cufflinks and the perfect pair of shoes. And for you soon-to-be husbands to look your dapper best, let us help you navigate the different styles of footwear you can sport for your walk down the aisle.
Types of Men's Wedding Shoes
1. Lace-Up Shoes
By definition, lace-up shoes come with laces to fasten and secure the fit of the shoe on one's feet. This style can differ in terms of its shoe lacing system—it can either be an oxford or a derby. An oxford has a closed shoe lacing system, while a derby has an open-shoe lacing system. Whether it is an oxford or a derby, patent or smooth leather, this classic style will not fail in making you look like a dashing debonair on your wedding day.
Patent Leather Lace-Up, price unavailable, SANTONI, Shangri-La Plaza
Leather Lace-Up, price unavailable, GUCCI, Greenbelt 5
2. Cap Toe Lace-Up Shoes
The cap toe lace-up style can visibly be differentiated from other lace-up shoes through the horizontal stitching across the toe box that extends to the welt of both sides like some sort of heel cap. While this kind of detailing can be seen in other styles like boots, loafers, and the like, the simplicity of this lace-up makes it a great match for your suit or barong on your wedding day.
Cap-Toe Oxford Shoe, price unavailable, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, Greenbelt 5
Cap-Toe Derby Shoes in Smooth Leather, price unavailable, HUGO BOSS, Shangri-La Plaza
Sporting a pair of loafers on your wedding day is a fuss-free option that'll keep you looking stylish and sophisticated. Besides the fact that it has no shoelaces (less thing to worry about!), it's also very comfortable because a loafer usually has low heels. And with the right details (say, the type of leather), it can be a timeless pair for a day to remember. You can keep re-wearing them even after the wedding, too!
American Classic Kneeland Penny Loafer, P18,000, COLE HAAN, Power Plant
Bernard Venetian Loafer, $110 (approx. P5596.80), CALVIN KLEIN, Nordstrom
4. Double Monk Strap Shoes
If you really want to avoid laces but want more texture on your shoes, go for monk straps. Unlike loafers, this type of shoes adds more character to your look with its buckle and leather detailing. While there are single monk strap pairs available, double monk strap pairs are the classy and bolder choice. They're perfect for special occasions, a.k.a. your wedding. Usually in shades of tan or brown, double monk-strap shoes are best paired with navy blue or army green suits.
Castillo II, P10,200, SAPATERO, Sapatero.com
Tan Leather Double Monk Strap Shoes, P4995, ZARA, TriNoma
The "brogues" in a pair of shoes actually refer to the perforations or holes on the cap of the toe and, in some pairs, on the sides of the shoe. Originally designed for the practical reason of draining water, a pair of brogues can still be elegant in either an oxford or derby style. And while it is similar to any pair of lace-ups, the detailing that comes with the brogues makes it a standout choice that gives a fun vibe to your look.
Coling Limit, price unavailable, CLARKS, Shangri-La Plaza
Oxford Borgues, price unavailable, PAUL SMITH, Power Plant
For all you sneakerheads who prefer comfort above everything else, kicks are also an option for your special day. A pair of solid-colored clean-cut sneakers will look amazing with just about any suit without compromising the goal of looking classy and timeless. Plus, wearing sneakers instead of a heeled shoe leaves you with one less thing to worry about while dancing the night away with your bride!
Clean 90 Sneaker, price unavailable, AXEL ARIGATO, Akimbo Uptown Mall
Stereotype Low Top Sneaker in Off White, price unavailable, MAISON MARGIELA, Homme et Femme 8 Rockwell