Originally Posted by Bakes11771
Thank you, Sir.
$500-$600 puts you in the calf range. If you can spend a little more you can get shell cordovan.
I agree with Frank, I would get either the Perforated Cap Toe in Black or Color 8 or the Strait Tip Balmoral in Black or Color 8. (or the Strait tip Blucher in either color for that matter)
I respectfully disagree with media hound. I find that a Short Wing Bal is more appropriate for an interview than a PTB. Assuming you would be wearing a suit. I doubt that wearing either one would make a difference between you getting and not getting the job. Unless of course someone from this thread is the one interviewing you.
I think the #8 is a bit more versatile than black in the sense that it can be worn with a blue or charcoal suit. I consider black to be a little more formal, and don't like the way black shoes look with a blue suit, unless you are a train conductor or mailman. These points are highly debatable though. Also, if you are in any of the weddings, they may request that you wear black shoes.
You shouldn't have much difficulty finding either model that I mentioned in calf or shell. Most people wouldn't know the difference.
Make sure you come back to post pics of your acquisition.
Edit: After thinking more about your situation, I have decided that the only thing for you to do is spend a few thousand dollars on a well-rounded collection of Aldens. I see no way around it.
Edit: Edit: Actually, Strait Tip Blucher in Burgundy might not be that easy to find.