Originally Posted by Metlin
+1. When it comes to flexibility, black is way more flexible. And it is accepted enough that while a black shoes are almost expected, brown shoes may cause some folks to raise their eyebrows (which may not be a good thing at an interview).
Eh, in terms of pure flexibility, brown shoes win. If you get a pair of brown captoe bals, you can pretty much wear them with everything from chinos to suit. Obviously there are better casual choices, but they will definitely do in a pinch. Black captoe bals pretty much only go with suits. This is unrelated to the fact that they are the best interview shoe, and should be the first good shoe purchase for any man.
Though I stand behind the recommendations of black shoes for interviews, I recently wore dark brown captoe bals to a very conservative interview and no one noticed. Also wore a white shirt and conservative tie/solid suit, so I really wasn't drawing attention to myself. I see some crazy stuff worn to interviews- fancy striped shirts, bright yellow ties, you name it. Bottom line, have a pair of black bals in your closet, but unless your shoes stand out for some other reason, brown won't always raise eyebrows.