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College student with a shoe question!

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

I'm a college student studying finance and accounting and am starting to build my professional wardrobe, and have a question regarding shoes. All the dress shoes up until now have been hand-me-downs from my dad, which were sufficient for the handful of times each year I had to attend a banquet or other trivial event. However, now I would like to purchase a new, decent quality pair that can last me a few years and double as both an interview shoe and a shoe that I can wear to my internship/work a few days a week. I know that proper care dictates letting the shoes rest at least one day between wearings. Fortunately my dad just gave me a nice pair of black slip-ons that will suffice to wear to work, but they are not nice enough for wearing to interviews.

 

So I'm looking to purchase another pair that I can alternate with that pair and can wear to interviews. I'm mostly looking for advice on what "style" of shoe I should be looking for, ie. square vs. rounded toe, shiny vs. not, etc. Although if anyone has a particular shoe in mind feel free to list the name and I'll look it up. I had picked out this pair http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/product.aspx?pid=38229&search=melton, but my dad said they are too formal to wear to work on an almost daily basis. I trust his judgement, because he's been successful and dresses very well, however he's not as knowledgeable as people on this site and I'm looking for further advice.

 

I appreciate any help!

 

Scott

post #2 of 28
That shoe would be adequate
post #3 of 28
Those are the ideal shoes for work, captoes are very traditional.
post #4 of 28
Black captor is always the safest choice. It's enough for college and the shape looks nice than kenneth cole squared toe. You may also consider cole haan. They have some affordable decent looking shoe. For the Johnston and Murphy brand, you can wait for a sale unless you need it right away.
post #5 of 28
I disagree with your dad that shoe will make you over-dressed. You consider your dad dress well, what shoe he wears as a daily basis?
post #6 of 28
As a style, it's spot on. Not the best shoe ever, but it'll do what you need it to for now. You might want to consider an Allen Edmonds second too.
post #7 of 28
You could get a Park Avenue from allaboutshoes on B&S for only $250.
post #8 of 28
Basic black is generic and invisible.
You want to look good, and get some compliments?
Get into wingtips.
How about something like this?
350
Basic black is as boring as it gets.

Now, go answer the poll below.
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by Reevolving View Post

Basic black is generic and invisible.
You want to look good, and get some compliments?
Get into wingtips.
How about something like this?
350
Basic black is as boring as it gets.
Now, go answer the poll below.

You're not the best reader, are ya? He's looking for interview shoe. This is not an interview shoe. A black captoe is the ONLY shoe for interviewing.
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reevolving View Post

Basic black is generic and invisible.
You want to look good, and get some compliments?
Get into wingtips.
How about something like this?
350
Basic black is as boring as it gets.
Now, go answer the poll below.

You're not the best reader, are ya? He's looking for interview shoe. This is not an interview shoe. A black captoe is the ONLY shoe for interviewing.

+1 Wigtips will look awkward. Black captoe can go with everything regardless of suit tie and shirt.
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by andrewgreg View Post

Black captor is always the safest choice. It's enough for college and the shape looks nice than kenneth cole squared toe. You may also consider cole haan. They have some affordable decent looking shoe. For the Johnston and Murphy brand, you can wait for a sale unless you need it right away.


 



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Originally Posted by andrewgreg View Post

I disagree with your dad that shoe will make you over-dressed. You consider your dad dress well, what shoe he wears as a daily basis?

 

He typically wears black slip-ons or more casual lace-ups, something to this effect: 1_83637_FS.JPG 1_83567_FS.JPG
 

 


The slip-on pair is like the pair he gave me. I just feel that the square toe is too informal for wearing to interviews and such, I feel that it's more "stylish" whereas the captoe is "classic". But I could be wrong, which is why I'm asking :)

 

 

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Originally Posted by Stylego View Post

As a style, it's spot on. Not the best shoe ever, but it'll do what you need it to for now. You might want to consider an Allen Edmonds second too.


Yeah, I've heard a lot about Allen Edmonds on here. But since my mom got me J&M, it's easiest just to swap out, and J&M are a bit cheaper in the short run. Once I get out of college and start making money, I'll invest in some high quality AE's :) 

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Reevolving View Post

Basic black is generic and invisible.
You want to look good, and get some compliments?
Get into wingtips.
How about something like this?
350
Basic black is as boring as it gets.
Now, go answer the poll below.

 

Yes, black is invisible. It is also conservative. :) I try to stay away from being stylish and stick more to conservative, classic style, mainly because of industry norms. 

 

I appreciate all the input so far! I'm glad to at least have confirmation!

 

Scott
 

 

post #12 of 28
The black captoe from J&M are a great first pair of shoes out of college. You have great judgment buddy.
post #13 of 28
Good and safe choice for a college student - you can also try to find some plain non-cap toe shoes that are not too square toed but the quality might not be the same as the meltons
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by mandom View Post

The black captoe from J&M are a great first pair of shoes out of college. You have great judgment buddy.

I'd caution against the J&M's, though. They're probably corrected-grain leather. That's why some people are advocating for a Park Avenue. (Full grain calfskin)
post #15 of 28
I would try to get 2 pairs of AE's on sale or seconds that are versatile. This is definitely affordable if you keep your eye out and well worth it b/c they will last you throughout college. You can pretty much get away with any outfit between walnut strands (jeans, chinos, casual, semi-formal) and a pair of dark brown PA or FA's (pretty much anything, but more formal than walnut strands; I think you can get away with these for interviews, I know I have). The most formal shoes are going to be black captoe or plaintoe closed lacing, but these are harder to pass off with a casual outfit with denim.
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