Ron Don Volante wrote:I would not wear those chukkas, either, north. Suede is probably too casual to be biz casual, IMO. If they were leather, maybe.
I think as an SA you should try to blend in, but in general later should feel out your particular environment. I'm in-house versus at a firm so we have a wide range of client facing and entirely internal job functions. I work with people who go suit and tie 5 days a week, people who wear khakis 5 days a week, and people who wear shoes of all varieties within my 600 person office. At the end of the day it's a comfort level thing I suppose (today I'm wearing jeans because its "Friday" with the office being closed tomorrow. Zero fucks given by anyone, except maybe my secretary who might have scoffed).
Agree on the blending in as a summer. Wouldn't wear the chukkas in particular after having witnessed two senior partners discussing their confusion about why a new associate was wearing similar shoes. Partners in other departments wouldn't have noticed, but my department tends more toward the business side of business casual.
The general rule I followed during my summer is that every day I wore clothes and shoes that would be appropriate if I got pulled into court that day. Not necessarily the clothes that I would have chosen to wear if I absolutely knew I was going to court, but clothes I knew wouldn't cause a partner to think twice about inviting me along to a hearing or court conference. Which was good, because I got unexpectedly invited to go to court a couple times without any notice.