Yeah, on balance that probably would have been the right choice to get SF approval (and just in general). I was going for my black captoes, but then it occured to me I was going to be in a conference room in Santa Monica that overlooks the ocean (which I'd end up staring at half the day) and so based on that, I opted for the suede loafers.
Plus -- and not that it makes it right -- but for comparison's sake, opposing counsel was wearing what was clearly a MTM or possibly bespoke shirt with a white contrast collar and contrasting white button cuffs, with the collar undone and his tie in a half-windsor knot with no dimple. based on this being our second in-person meeting, this is his signature look. his suit was neither good nor bad and I didn't notice his shoes. counsel for co-defendants wore a conservative grey suit paired with a white broadcloth dress shirt with a button-down collar and a paisley tie circa 1990s... and Ecco shoes.
But of course the best part, sartorially speaking, was when one of the witnesses showed up wearing Gene Hunt boots
sorry to derail with this rather CM/MC discussion
EDIT: whoa, @penanceroyaltea, that is awesome.