Brogues for an Interview

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  1. maxvand

    maxvand Member

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    I apologize in advance if this has been covered, but I searched the forums and couldn't find a direct answer to my question.
    Anyways, this spring I'm going to have to start interviewing for summer jobs in the engineering field (finishing 2nd year). My dilemma is I have no appropriate shoes to wear to an interview, and at the same time I'm in the market for a nice shoe to wear out. The shoe I'd want to get would be the AE Strand in a brown tone. The problem is being a student i can't afford two pairs of nice shoes, so I wouldn't get a more appropriate interview shoe such as the AE Park Avenue in black along with the Strand. So finally, my question is whether or not a brown brogue shoe such as the Strand would be fair game for an interview.

    Thanks.
     


  2. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    I love AE Strands. I have 'em in light brown and oxblood / Bordeaux. They'll serve you well and will look great with a grey suit, and also with jeans.

    I have 6 pairs of AEs, 5 of which I bought lightly used via eBay. Each pair cost me only 100 bucks, so I recommend you go that route.
     


  3. Nolvadex

    Nolvadex Senior member

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    unless you are wearing runners/sneakers, they dont give a shit unless they are an sf member
     


  4. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    They will be fine, you are being interviewed not your shoes> few interviewers will notice, fewer have any clue what they are as long as they are clean and even fewer give a damn.
     


  5. MyOtherLife

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    With the interview being your most important concern, go with black or Borboun. Both are still versatile afterward. Welcome to Styleforum.
     
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    Thanks a lot guys, very helpful responses.
     


  7. ElDave

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    I think a brown Strand is perfectly acceptable, given your field. Perhaps it wouldn't be acceptable in, say, banking or high profile law firms, but my friends who are engineers are some of the most poorly dressed people I know. From my understanding, anything north of sneakers counts as a dress shoe (as do some black sneakers, apparently).

    Anyway, if they even notice you're wearing real dress shoes, I doubt they'll care that there's a lot of decoration.
     


  8. celery

    celery Senior member

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    This is what passes for a "nice dress shoe" for 99.99% of the population:
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    If you are wearing anything better than that, no one will notice (unless you go with some outlandish color).
     


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