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post #16 of 21
Like newtofashion, I also am new to being active on the board, but have enjoyed browsing the quality-over-label substance for quite some time. If you are looking for a more versatile casual/dress shoe for occasional use, these should be fine. I think the shade of brown (with a well matched belt(s), of course) will be fine for navy, gray or pleated khaki use. However, if you're nearing graduation, or hitting the interview circuit-- a few words of advice having sat on the other side of the desk. Like justlurkingthanks, I personally recommend black for more formal (dark suit) dress, and would always opt for leather sole. I know leather soles continue to be de-valued in a convenience and trend-driven society, but I am not above looking for the distinctive clicking on marble floor in my office on an applicant's entrance. IMO, it's worth the potential hazards of sliding around in the snow is worth showing that you are cognizant of classical rules of dress.
post #17 of 21
Rubber soled shoes with suits = VERY VERY BAD. Why? Reason A1 in my opinion is because the rubber always looks "dusty" and herego cheap, which makes even the most expensive suit therefore look cheap.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by retronotmetro View Post
As an LA lawyer, I could probably wear chestnut shoes with a navy suit to court, but I don't. It certainly wouldn't be any worse than what I see on the contract lawyers who essentially act as "substitute teachers" hired to make special appearances for attorneys who can't be in two places at once. I see those folks zipping down the halls in mismatched suit pieces (blue coat, black pinstripe pants) and running shoes.

Just about anywhere other than court I'll wear chestnut (or even *gasp* tan) shoes with a navy suit. How else would I get to revel in (show off) the antiqued Edward Green finish?
I was raised with the rule "never wear brown shoes with a blue suit -- or blue shoes with a brown suit, for that matter", but it does seems to have changed over the years. Like you, I'm amazed at some of the fashion disasters practicing law in our local courts. I've seen everything from plaid trousers with striped coats to denim "suit coats" at the Monday docket.
Of course, when you get into federal courts, everything seems to follow different rules and the standards get elevated quite a bit. I was once admonished by a judge in the Eastern District Court here in WA because the little wedge-shaped steel inserts in the heels of my Florsheim wingtips made a clicking noise on the floor of his courtroom when I walked in.
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by johnnynorman3 View Post
Rubber soled shoes with suits = VERY VERY BAD.

Why? Reason A1 in my opinion is because the rubber always looks "dusty" and herego cheap, which makes even the most expensive suit therefore look cheap.
OTOH, a couple coats of sole and heel dressing on the edges will make them just-about indistinguishable from leather. There are times when I would just as soon leave the leather soles at home, particularly in wet weather or when the sidewalks are icy.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by johnnynorman3 View Post
Rubber soled shoes with suits = VERY VERY BAD.
Ridiculous.

Well-made rubber-soled dress shoes look, at worst, like topy'ed dress shoes, and no one will notice unless you cross your legs while sitting down.
post #21 of 21
Bowtielover, is that you?
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