SportsFan wrote:I honestly wasn't aware this had been discussed before (I skim this thread pretty often but don't read every post). I'm really not trying to be a jerk or a troll or anything, I'm just surprised at peoples thoughts towards shoes.
Even aside from interviewing tastes, I think this is a huge mistake that a lot of guys make. I call it the Shawshank Fallacy, aka the stupidest thing that ever came out of Morgan Freeman's mouth... maybe the only stupid thing that ever came out of Morgan Freeman's mouth. The idea that people don't look at your shoes, or that shoes are somehow an area to skimp on, is just flat out wrong. I don't think any single item can unmake a look as quickly as shoes. I can't count how many times I've seen guys in well-fitted suits, crisp shirts, sharp ties, and then looked at their feet and gone, "Really???"
I have a good friend who used to work in investment banking, and he used to relay a piece of advice he got from a senior partner at his firm: when you're in a room full of older guys, they almost invariably glance at your shoes and your belt, and they judge you for it. Having cheap or beat up belts or shoes just isn't a good look.
Again, this isn't to say that you're not gonna get a job because of your shoes. Nobody has ever said that ITT. But even interviewing aside, I don't really see the point in spending a lot of money on the other stuff (suits, ties, shirts, etc.) and then skimping on the shoes. The difference between nice shoes and crappy shoes is a lot easier for the naked eye to discern than the difference between nice shoes and a midlevel suit. I'd rather own a $300 suit that fits really well and compliment it with a nice pair of $200-300 AEs or Aldens, or at least a decent pair of Cole Haans or J&Ms, than spend $700 on a suit and pair it with a pair of cheap-looking Rockports from Macy's or the like. In your case, you're rocking a $1,000 MSRP suit with what look to be $100 patent leather abortions? It's like getting a BMW with a rusty passenger door. It's like you're trying but not really.