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"Conservative" business dress, as I was trying to suggest earlier, often has no correlation with aesthetics or even quality.   A first year accountant straight out of university turning up to work in England in a pair of four year old £39.99 Clarks black square toed lace ups would look and be considered much more conservative than one of his peers who decides to accompany his navy suit with some beautiful anqitued brown Edward Green derbys.   If colleagues/senior...
In fact, I'm sure that if one had enough time to compare a selection of the Church's and C&J windows at the Royal Arcade/Cheapside with what's on display at Burlington Arcade/Jermyn St, there's definitely much more brown in the latter.
On the few occasions that I've left work at a decent time and strolled from St Pauls towards Jermyn St and through Mayfair, you do see a (subtle) shift in dress (those hedgies and the like). If I worked in St James or Mayfair I'd be ever so more included to try a pair of brown shoes.
Really interesting thread.   I work in a City firm (which is quite conservative in many ways, particularly in dress code) - I've only ever worn black Oxfords to work and probably will ever wear them going forwards. Notwithstanding the fact that I'm not so enthused about brown shoes with a suit, anything other than a nice (not novelty) tie which makes one stand out in the workplace or in the City is generally best avoided. And brown shoes would, in my firm, make one...
Had you heard that "the name and quality" have suffered at the time you bought the shoes? If so, then you bought the shoes knowing that and I don't get why you'd post this question as an afterthought.   So on the assumption you went out and bought these shoes and, only later (how much later was this, and have they been worn?) heard that "the name and quality" have suffered, I' d say that's quite a superficial reason to want to return shoes. Part of owning shoes...
I tried to polish my Hallams yesterday evening. Looked nothing like that, though I only spend about 3 minutes per shoe with one layer of cream on each... Perhaps I'll set aside 90 mins this weekend as they really look great.
This may provide some inspiration http://blogs.wsj.com/runway/2012/04/04/work-wear-office-style-at-law-firm-proskauer/tab/interactive/
I've also had confusion with shoe trees for different grades/lasts.   Purchased some Hallams last year (benchgrade) and got the their standard shoe tress (with the sticker 631 - I imagine that's the last number?). They fitted perfectly.   I recently boguht some Audleys (handgrade line) in the same size and those standard shoe trees are a real push and don't fit in the same way (feels like shoe trees are too big). Even if I do manage toget them in, they're...
Just got back from there a couple of weeks ago. Seems like everyone above has covered the place well and truly, but here are my two cents:   Rinascente shopping centre - Make sure you use the voucher for foreign tourists (10% off if you show your passport): http://www.rinascente.it/webapp/pdf/iniziativa_inglese.pdf If your native currency means that the euro is fairly weak, this only adds better value in case you do want to buy anything from the store. I'd second a...
Navy shrit really should go with a white or light blue shirt. The navy suit and the suggested ties simply will not work with that grey shirt. Don't worry about wearing a light shirt at dinner then another light shirt the following day at interview.   I find the red tie quite bold/agressive, probably more due to the pattern than the colour. It sounds like you're already got these ties packed and can just choose from those? Out of the ties you have got, the black is...
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