Helmholtz wrote:I just think the brown is too light. For me, it's one of those things that I would have no problem with on a daily basis, but it seems like they would call attention to themselves at OCI, when it's best to be subtle.
Fair enough. I agree it is best to not be remembered for anything during OCI.
daesonesb wrote:I think the problem is that they aren't traditional/conservative (med brown, split toe). As a result, there is the chance that a more conservative partner would think I didn't know how to dress for the interview.
As far as the shade, it is not as light as in the picture, because I've polished them a few times with a dark brown. I could darken them up even more by using a black polish a few days prior to OCI. Thoughts on that?
Disagree here. Those shoes are not so out there that it looks like you don't know how to dress. I mean you're pairing it with a navy suit, which I presume will be well tailored (and not too tailored), a dress shirt and tie. Had you shown up to the interview in those shoes and some off color, double breasted Paul Smith suit, perhaps the partner would notice.
While I am not a partner, as an associate I can tell you that interviewing students can be drudgery at times. Everyone looks the same, everyone says the same things, etc. While it is fine not to be remembered and will likely lead to a summer offer, sometimes certain students do make an impact and they are usually the ones that are interesting and that sets them apart from the masses. Being well dressed always makes a good impression and can set one apart from the masses.
I can't tell you how many interviewees in charcoal suits, white shirt, red/maroon ties and black shoes I've seen in my three years of biglaw.