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post #3481 of 52246
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Originally Posted by Salad View Post

^What if the other way around? What if the 20 something is interviewing you? Then what? I ask because I may have an interview w/ a gaming company. A suit would probably remind him of his grandfather. Do you still wear a suit with black shoes?
I had no idea that burgundy shoes, say a burgundy or #8 captoe, would be inappropriate for an interview. I've never worked in finance or law though. Also, I'm in the Bay Area and even in downtown SF you're more apt to see square bicycle toed shoes than anything else.

With regard to your second comment, you just have to keep in mind that just because a finance or law firm is filled with highly paid professionals, it does not mean that they are sartorially inclined in the SF sense. It's just a "better safe than sorry" situation to wear black shoes. No one is going to hold it against an interviewee for going too conservative or for not flashing up-to-the-minute fashion sense. But they are going to hold it against someone who is viewed as overly flamboyant. AFTER you've been there and can get a sense of the style, it MIGHT be ok to loosen up a little. But probably safer to save that for after you have the job.

As for younger management teams such as your gaming company that might be much more casual, you should try to find out in advance what they wear, and then dress just a little bit more formal, unless you are TOLD DIRECTLY by them what to wear. For instance, if they wear jeans and t-shirts, I might suggest khakis and a button down shirt. If they wear khakis, bring a nice blazer. Just show some respect for the interview process without standing out too much. Everyone knows you are an interviewee, so even if you stand out for being a little overdressed, at the least they won't hold it against you, and at best they'll appreciate that you made the effort.

I also agree with what JubeiSpiegel and ElDave have to say.
post #3482 of 52246
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Originally Posted by JubeiSpiegel View Post


Interview attire usually dictates a black dress shoe. Go with the Fifth Ave in Black, and pick a somber tie as well. Good luck.


Agree

post #3483 of 52246
I guess reading SF every day for years doesn't help me look past some things.
The gaming company, I'm sure, is VERY casual. That said, I've always been told to wear a suit to an interview...always. I know someone who works there so I plan to do a "fly by" to check things out. I'd feel a little strange not in a suit but times change so I have to keep an open mind.

Sorry OP, didn't mean to thread jack. General consensus is to wear black.
post #3484 of 52246
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Originally Posted by dasai View Post

I think the general feeling is that black shoes look too stark with anything other than charcoal or black. Of course, the "rules" are never hard and fast, except among the Style Police.smile.gif
That said, I think a burgundy shoe would go well with navy.

sure. not for an interview, though.
post #3485 of 52246
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post


I could easily get by in my industry without a pair of black shoes.


Sacrilege!

post #3486 of 52246
burgundy is fine for an interview, as is dark brown.

So long as they are well polished and not walnut or similar, the dark brown/burgundy will not be an issue.

If you act like a pompous ass while you're there, well, thats on you.
post #3487 of 52246
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Originally Posted by kmdsimpson View Post


With regard to your second comment, you just have to keep in mind that just because a finance or law firm is filled with highly paid professionals, it does not mean that they are sartorially inclined in the SF sense. It's just a "better safe than sorry" situation to wear black shoes. No one is going to hold it against an interviewee for going too conservative or for not flashing up-to-the-minute fashion sense. But they are going to hold it against someone who is viewed as overly flamboyant. AFTER you've been there and can get a sense of the style, it MIGHT be ok to loosen up a little. But probably safer to save that for after you have the job.
As for younger management teams such as your gaming company that might be much more casual, you should try to find out in advance what they wear, and then dress just a little bit more formal, unless you are TOLD DIRECTLY by them what to wear. For instance, if they wear jeans and t-shirts, I might suggest khakis and a button down shirt. If they wear khakis, bring a nice blazer. Just show some respect for the interview process without standing out too much. Everyone knows you are an interviewee, so even if you stand out for being a little overdressed, at the least they won't hold it against you, and at best they'll appreciate that you made the effort.
I also agree with what JubeiSpiegel and ElDave have to say.

 


 

I also agree on all counts, well stated. While not mentioned by the OP or others I feel the AE Leeds are the perfect shoe for many occasions and especially interviews, in part because they are never overstated. I seldom wear my black Leeds, I use them basically for funerals and job interviews. Wore black shoes and boots for 20 years because I didn’t have an option but now I do have options. Working in a very conservative environment more than 95% of those around me do wear black shoes, and they are from all around the globe and different cultures. Bucksfan earlier said he feels the burgundy shell is the most universal color and I feel the same, which is why I wear my burgundy shell Leeds more than any other shoe. Sometimes even with jeans on the weekends but it will also work with a suit on Monday morning. I would not pick it over the black calf Leed if I were to interview for a job in house or out however. I have had applicants (IT) show up wearing tennis shoes. Those are very short interviews as I feel you should have some idea of the culture, research is part of the job interview process. 
 
Those damn clown shoes, excuse me bicycle shoes, are everywhere. East coast, West coast and Mid-West. When a salesman is sitting in front of me wearing them which they invariable are I’m usually thinking “great they sent me Bozo” and not listening to the pitch very hard. 
post #3488 of 52246
Was there really any popular demand for the Woodstock?

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post #3489 of 52246
I hope not.
post #3490 of 52246

Some people like it

 

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post #3491 of 52246
If I lost my sight, I might really like it. Easy on/off, and since nobody wears kilted loafers, I could easily distinguish which shoes were mine just by feel.
post #3492 of 52246

Ah, well you might like this a little better

 

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post #3493 of 52246

Thanks for the advice guys, black fifth aves it is!

post #3494 of 52246
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Ah, well you might like this a little better

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Indeed. They look more cushioned.
post #3495 of 52246

Probably good for a job interview with one of those tech companies run by 21 year old executives too.

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