WODKilla123 wrote:Are dark brown Strand's conservative enough to wear to an NYC v20 callback that expressly states "business casual." Or would it be better to go with dark brown Fifth Aves?
To put things in perspective, both Strands and Fifth Avenues are balmoral (oxford) shoes. Traditionally, balmorals were worn with suits, while all occasions south of that, including odd-trouser and sports jacket attire ("dressy" business casual), called for bluchers (derbies).
Thus, both Strands (in a conservative color like black or dark brown) and FAs fit better with suits than they do with business casual. Strands are closer to business casual attire, as the perforations add informality. If you were actually buying shoes fully for a business casual context, a blucher like the Macneil, Leeds, or Kenilworth would match better, but I don't think Nordstrom has any of those in the upcoming sale.
With all that said, the rules of style have disintegrated to the point that no one is going to notice or give a damn if you wear FAs or Strands with business casual.