From Converse kicks to boat shoes, grooms have been getting creative with their footwear, adding individual flair without sacrificing elegance. Shoes are quickly becoming a way for grooms to complement the scenery, elevate a theme or even express their own personal style. Helping your guy find a perfect pair for the big day? Here’s our nifty guide:

On the Water: When you live in Coastal Virginia, waterfront weddings are a given, with our beautiful rivers, lakes, the Chesapeake Bay and the ocean. Boat shoes keep in step with the scenery while remaining tasteful.

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Captain Boat Shoe in Tan by Dunham, Adams Shoes, Newport News

Going Gatsby: When there’s a request for black-tie attire, there’s nothing ritzier than a pair of glossy, black patent leather lace-ups or loafers.

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Brodie Black Tuxedo Shoe by Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse, Virginia Beach

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Bernard Formal Dress Shoe, both by Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse, Virginia Beach

Comfort Meets Class: We’ve known patent leather to jive in posh weddings (See “Going Gatsby”), but what happens when it’s built into a pair of high-top Converses? These are what we like to call “comfy chic.”

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Black Patent Leather High-Top Tennis Shoes by Converse, Men’s Wearhouse, Virginia Beach

Flaunt Your Style: While you’ve found the perfect suit, your shoes may be itching for a modern twist. Allow your wedding colors to paint your shoes—only metaphorically, of course. Classic Vans make a colorful statement while adding that extra dose of personal style.  

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Americana Authentic in Dress Blues, Authentic in Fusion Coral, Authentic Lo Pro’ in Purple and all by Vans, 17th Street Surf Shop, Virginia Beach

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