notanumber wrote: Waterman47 wrote:
notanumber wrote:It's the go-to shoe when you want to project the inoffensive and safe "corporate drone" image.
I'm starting to think there should be two separate fashion threads: one for all those who wish to don the "corporate drone" costume, and another for those who aren't afraid to inject some subtle hints of personal style even in situations that call for conservative dress. The former thread would be quite short.
The time and place for those "hints of personal style" is after
you've gotten the offer and figured out what the spoken/unspoken dress code of the office is. I'm all for wearing brown shoes. I like the OCBD/suit look. Hell, I even wear seersucker and bow ties with some frequency. But not to a job interview for a major corporate law firm. Your personal style probably wouldn't offend anybody, but why take that unnecessary risk? Just suck it up and dress like a tool for a couple of hours. You have the rest of your life to express yourself.
GodSpeed wrote: $219 at Nordstrom
Good find. That's a solid deal on the shoes.
I appreciate that you call it what it is, but I still would never go into an interview thinking "dress like a corporate drone." Couldn't do it. And I do understand and agree with your point about showcasing your personal style more after you get an offer, but I still think there's a bit of room to do so at the interview stage. There are a number of things I wouldn't wear to an interview, but at the same time I would never limit myself to one style of shoe, one color suit, one type of tie, etc.
And about this whole "risk" argument, what exactly are you risking by wearing, for example, a dark mahogany pair of simple dress shoes with a matching belt? I'd understand if we were talking about going to an interview in the Islamic Republic of Iran wearing a tie, but I really don't see a reason to be so conformist in the context of a firm interview. Do you really think partners are going to be judging you by the particular shade of your shoes if your general style of dress is conservative and respectful to the situation? If so, I would purposely wear something a bit "off" to avoid a firm run by such people.
Again, I understand that there are certain parameters of dress for an interview, and that these parameters can be expanded once you begin a job. But I think many posters in this thread set these parameters much narrower than they need to be.