Post # 1
My FI picked out a tux to rent from Men’s Wearhouse, and it will cost ~$200 for each groomsman to rent a tux with shirt, tie, and shoes. It would be $30 less per guy if we let them wear their own shoes instead of renting them from Men’s Wearhouse.
What do y’all think – should we ask the GMs to rent their shoes? My FI is in favor of renting matching shoes, but I would think that the GMs would be more comfortable wearing their own shoes. (They are all working professionals and have at least 1 pair of professional-looking black shoes.)
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Why doesn’t your FI ask to see all of the shoes they would wear of they didn’t rent them? There is only so much variation with black patent leather tux shoes. However, if your FI thinks there’s too much shoe diversity, he can ask them to get the rentals. They can always change into comfy work shoes during the reception.
Post # 4
Rented shoes sound MISERABLE.
Post # 5
@MrsBroccoli: Great idea – we will round up pics of the guys’ shoes, and if they look pretty good together it saves everyone a little money and comfort. Otherwise, you’re right, they can totally change for the reception 🙂
@jennicole01: Agreed!! That’s what I said!
Post # 6
I think the less they have to spend, the better. I am so uncomfortable asking my girls to buy a dress, much more rent some shoes that they would only wear 1 time and have to return. Plus, they are probably uncomfortable and would fit wrong.
Post # 7
I did Men’s Wearhouse and we did rented shoes only because they are all patent leather (nice ‘n shiny) and like the other poster mention, shades of black vary greatly. We aren’t asking them to wear them all night, just for the pics and the ceremony. And then they can do whatever they want!
Post # 8
$30 for uncomfortable rented shoes is not something I would do to people I consider friends.
Post # 9
I’d say let them go with their own shoes. They’re broken in already, saves the guys some $$$, and at the end of the day I don’t think any body is going to say, “Nice wedding, but did you see the groomsmen? They weren’t wearing matching shoes!” (This is what my FBIL’s fiance is terrified of, and as a result all the groomsmen, including my FI, are groaning about wearing rented shoes all day).
Post # 9
I think whatever they are comfortable with. I doubt it will look bad if they wear their shoes. No one is really looked at the groomsmen shoes anyways. The rented tuxes will look good on their own. http://gmcustomclothier.com
Post # 10
Men’s wearhouse does not have a single pair of shoes to rent that are correct with Black Tie, anyway so may as well let them wear their own. Plus rented shoes are just an icky concept. If you ask them to wear black captoe, or plain toe Oxfords (and bluchers will hardly be noticeable to most people, if that’s what the guys have ) they’ll look perfectly fine, and as, or more, correct than rented shoes. In fact, they’ll probably look better.
http://www.blacktieguide.com/Classic/Classic_Footwear.htm (scroll down to the part about Oxfords, and calf shoes, over patent)
Post # 11
This thread is 2 years old. The Bee has been married for almost 2 years.
Post # 12
Look at that, it is. Oops.