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What shoes for a doctoral promotion ceremony?

post #1 of 15
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I'm going to attend a ceremony to receive my PhD diploma (some years after defending it, but that's a different story...) and I'm not sure what shoes are appropriate for the occasion. It will take place at noon, and I'm almost 100% sure that almost most participants will be wearing ordinary suits with ties (+ academic regalia on top of them, if required - I will be among those). Would black captoe oxfords be fine, or should I get something less "business-like"? I also have a pair of brogue oxfords in polished leather, but I'm not sure if they wouldn't look too casual.

post #2 of 15
Black captoe oxfords are fine and probably what I would go with.
post #3 of 15
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Darn, then I will have no reason to buy anything new! Thanks for the advice :)

post #4 of 15

Of course, if you can afford it, then this is a perfect occasion for a celebratory purchase.

 

Get a pair of shoes you have been coveting, but needed an excuse to buy. A once in a lifetime event. Unless it is a very unusual university, the professors will be dressed like professors, and the attendees will be there to celebrate with their friend/spouse/child who is graduating. No one but your entourage will notice your shoes, so you can quite literally wear anything. I assure you plenty of people have received their doctorates wearing sneakers. But if you want to be there in a pair of bespoke Lobbs, or anywhere in between, go for it.

 

Congratulations!

post #5 of 15
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I'm going to attend a ceremony to receive my PhD diploma (some years after defending it, but that's a different story...) and I'm not sure what shoes are appropriate for the occasion. It will take place at noon, and I'm almost 100% sure that almost most participants will be wearing ordinary suits with ties (+ academic regalia on top of them, if required - I will be among those). Would black captoe oxfords be fine, or should I get something less "business-like"? I also have a pair of brogue oxfords in polished leather, but I'm not sure if they wouldn't look too casual.

I've seen people get hooded wearing sneakers or flip flops. As long as you are wearing your regalia, I doubt anyone will notice.
post #6 of 15
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I also have a pair of brogue oxfords in polished leather, but I'm not sure if they wouldn't look too casual.

 

Confusing negations aside, I think brown dress shoes (assuming your brogued oxfords are indeed brown) are equally fine for such a ceremony. And if they're not brown, then this is a perfect excuse to buy yourself a pair of brown dress shoes. I wouldn't worry about dressing too informally in an academic setting (chances are you know this already), although a degree-granting ceremony is one of the more formal events that takes place every year, and it can be fun to dress up on your big day.

post #7 of 15
Those shoes are fine, no need to spend any money.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by dbhdnhdbh View Post

Of course, if you can afford it, then this is a perfect occasion for a celebratory purchase.

 

Get a pair of shoes you have been coveting, but needed an excuse to buy. A once in a lifetime event. Unless it is a very unusual university, the professors will be dressed like professors, and the attendees will be there to celebrate with their friend/spouse/child who is graduating. No one but your entourage will notice your shoes, so you can quite literally wear anything. I assure you plenty of people have received their doctorates wearing sneakers. But if you want to be there in a pair of bespoke Lobbs, or anywhere in between, go for it.

 

Congratulations!

 

Thanks - for a celebratory purchase, my wife insisted in buying me a watch :)

post #9 of 15
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Thanks - for a celebratory purchase, my wife insisted in buying me a watch smile.gif

You have a good wife!

Regarding shoes: Black captoes will certainly be fine. Depending on the academic discipline and country you will see also (by far) less formal choices.

Enjoy getting hooded and congratulations.
post #10 of 15
Your black captoe Oxfords will serve you well.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by katastrofa View Post

Thanks - for a celebratory purchase, my wife insisted in buying me a watch smile.gif

You have a good wife!

Regarding shoes: Black captoes will certainly be fine. Depending on the academic discipline and country you will see also (by far) less formal choices.

Enjoy getting hooded and congratulations.

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Your black captoe Oxfords will serve you well.

+1.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks to everyone for advice.

post #13 of 15
Congratulations!!! Your black captoe oxfords will be perfect for the occasion.
post #14 of 15
If you're looking for an excuse to buy something new, I would go for the traditional -- in the Oxbridge sense -- subfusc. This is almost the opposite of the flipflops/sneakers thing. If you are not wearing proper subfusc at an Oxbridge degree ceremony, you are not allowed to graduate.
post #15 of 15
Buy shoes you really like. Any good shoes will be better than what 99% of the attendees will be wearing and better than 99.9% of your fellow graduates will be wearing.

Congrats!
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