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Alden is wonderful. I've branched out to the Peal ones made for Brooks Brothers and the Crockett/Lauren shoes. I look on eBay and they are fantastic buys if you can find them. I usually get used which have not been very worn so that they are not so formed that they don't fit your feet. AE are great quality but don't fit my feet very well.
My advice is get a leather (non-glossy) saddle bag type. I've had mine over 25 years and it has held up very well, shows its scars (which legitimizes your presence), yet is rugged enough to go on for the next 20+ years (pass on to your kids, if any).
Looks nice and even; yep the key for me is the center of the tie and it looks nice and clean on your knot. Pull the bows evenly to tighten. Keep it up! I'm a bowtie man myself.
I love saddle shoes but agree that they are not the way to "step up your game" with your current uniform. They are a way to make a nice statement with non-traditiional khakis and jeans. If you are not going to change the khaki/BB look, I say find some nice suede shoes. Suede is different and brings a nice polish to your look. Although non-traditional colors are in right now (I have some blue ones now); you can just go with some very nice brown or tan ones for under $300.
Business casual to me means something less than a suit, or even less than slacks and blazers. Out here, that means chinos, cords, maybe, very slight maybe "dressy" jeans, and anything but a t shirt. The jeans and tie/jacket are inconsistent. Jeans/Blazer, okay. Not a tie or a vest.
My suggestion for the office is no strap. I bought a saddle bag type in lieu of a briefcase 20 years ago and love it. Not a fan of zippers either.
I just brought a pair of shoes that I installed Topys on to get them removed. They feel different than my leather soled shoes and I want to get back to that. I've had Topys on two pairs for about 3 years and wish I never put them on.
I spend about $125 at the most but have discovered some fantastic Charvets, etc. second-hand on eBay for around $40-50.
If you truly want something that will serve you the best over the long haul, look for a Hickey Freeman on sale at Nordstrom (not Nordstrom Rack.) Make sure its the top end (which should retail for around $1500). Usually, on sale you have to pay for the tailoring but that's less than $100. You'll be saving $500-$600. They are good looking, long lasting, durable suits.
There will be plenty of opportunities to wear it. Most court appearances are NOT situations where the judge is going to care what tie you are wearing. Most are pro forma. Unless its a high worth white collar crime, the client is not going to care much either.
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