Thanks for the suggestion. For whatever reason that briefcase doesn't appeal to me. I have a military background and I think partly what draws me to the saddleback briefcase is the fact that it does look more masculine to me. Are there elements that make the briefcase too busy? Also I've been told by people in the industry that if I end up as a junior consultant I can expect to be walking a lot through all conditions and many miles, so it has to hold up.
To clear up about the shoes I always make sure to match my shoes and belt, but don't go beyond that. My rational for the briefcase over the shoes is this: if I buy expensive shoes now they will be taking boston abuse that involves me walking about ten miles a day through all conditions (this is boston, so snow, rain, snow, rain and then hail). $60 shoes are perfect for this because no one in business school is that picky that I would suffer grade wise and only so much is expected for inward facing summer interns. On the other hand it should be much easier to maintain the look of the briefcase until I enter a full time position.
Thoughts? I maybe relying on false assumptions.