Originally Posted by pvrhye
I wouldn't say hideous, but definitely not sleek. Would go well with that workwear look if that's your thing.
Yeah, I'd say hideous. For an AE newbie, stick to: Park Avenue, in black or dark brown Fifth Avenue, in black, dark brown, or walnut Strand, in walnut, but only after you have one or more of the above. Seriously. Stick to these three styles, probably in that order, and all will be good. They are also among the most common, and so are easier to find used or as seconds. Your first "nice" shoe should probably be black. It's the safest color, and goes with everything. Not adventurous, but it's just a starting point.