I have a love for nicer shoes but I'm in an environment where dressing business casual is considered "dressed up". I do "dress up" business casual about 2-3 times a week (chinos and oxford, no trousers), and my shoes tend to always draw a lot of attention. I have the RL C&J Lindricks which are nice because they don't draw too much attention since they're a cigar color, but I'm thinking of picking up some #8 975s. Good or bad idea? I don't know if they'll attract too much attention.
I personally think you've selected a model that is less likely to draw attention. Sure the design will draw eyes to it, but it's an 'understated' classic color (compared to whiskey or ravello)..
and, should you be 11.5 on the barrie last... check my sig