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No Brogue or Semi Brogue for Interview

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Either will be just fine for your suit and your interview. Personally, I like the no brogue version of those two shoes by a considerable margin. It's a handsome shoe.
 

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No problem wearing brogues.
 

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I am sure that wearing either of those shoes you will be better shod than most applicants. I too like the brogue as more visually interesting.
 

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Having the shoe as a brogue absolutely not an issue. Having it in brown, with a navy suit, would in my view be unfortunate. Stick to black for formal occasions.
 

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I personally like the no brogue shoes, but I tend to like simple styles better. For example, I really like white linen pocket squares. Either one should work though.
 

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Having the shoe as a brogue absolutely not an issue. Having it in brown, with a navy suit, would in my view be unfortunate. Stick to black for formal occasions.

If the OP is in Britain, you may be right. We American consider a pair of dark brown shoes to be an excellent complement to a navy suit.
 

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Having the shoe as a brogue absolutely not an issue. Having it in brown, with a navy suit, would in my view be unfortunate. Stick to black for formal occasions.
I don't think the OP is looking for a shoe for formal occasions, but I agree that only black should be used in formal occasions. However I don't think that brogue is appropriate for formal occasions. For business a black cap toe is definitely the most formal. As the previous poster stated, in America a brown cap toe would be fine as well for business. Brogue in brown or black would also be acceptable for most jobs.

In general, the more decoration the less formal a shoe is. And black is always more formal than brown. Also oxfords are usually considered more formal than bluchers.

Plain toe > stitched cap toe > punched cap toe > brogue
 
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I don't think the OP is looking for a shoe for formal occasions, but I agree that only black should be used in formal occasions. However I don't think that brogue is appropriate for formal occasions. For business a black cap toe is definitely the most formal. As the previous poster stated, in America a brown cap toe would be fine as well for business. Brogue in brown or black would also be acceptable for most jobs.

In general, the more decoration the less formal a shoe is. And black is always more formal than brown. Also oxfords are usually considered more formal than bluchers.

Plain toe > stitched cap toe > punched cap toe > brogue

Perhaps a UK thing...? In London (especially in the City). People would make certain assumptions about those who would wear a blue suit with brown shoes. Especially at an interview, which I would regard as a formal thing. Conversely, wearing a blue suit with black brogues would be considered entirely appropriate, unless the brogues were very bulky country affairs.
 

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I don't think the OP is looking for a shoe for formal occasions, but I agree that only black should be used in formal occasions. However I don't think that brogue is appropriate for formal occasions. For business a black cap toe is definitely the most formal. As the previous poster stated, in America a brown cap toe would be fine as well for business. Brogue in brown or black would also be acceptable for most jobs.

In general, the more decoration the less formal a shoe is. And black is always more formal than brown. Also oxfords are usually considered more formal than bluchers.

Plain toe > stitched cap toe > punched cap toe > brogue
Stitched cap toe > plain toe. That stitched toe cap will tidy up plain toe by a lot, including reduced/confined creasing on the vamp.

Perhaps a UK thing...? In London (especially in the City). People would make certain assumptions about those who would wear a blue suit with brown shoes. Especially at an interview, which I would regard as a formal thing. Conversely, wearing a blue suit with black brogues would be considered entirely appropriate, unless the brogues were very bulky country affairs.
Americans. Or iGents.
 

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Perhaps a UK thing...? In London (especially in the City). People would make certain assumptions about those who would wear a blue suit with brown shoes. Especially at an interview, which I would regard as a formal thing. Conversely, wearing a blue suit with black brogues would be considered entirely appropriate, unless the brogues were very bulky country affairs.
Yea must be the difference between the US and UK. It's interesting that brown shoes don't go with a blue suit over there. I think Navy suits go great with brown shoes, but that's probably because I grew up seeing it since I live in the US. It's cool to learn about different dress codes.
 

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Stitched cap toe > plain toe. That stitched toe cap will tidy up plain toe by a lot, including reduced/confined creasing on the vamp.
There is a lot of debate between which is more formal, a plain toe or stitched cap toe. When I think black tie, I think of patent leather plain toe oxfords so that's why I put it ahead of the cap toe. Honestly I'm sure either one would be fine. And just to clarify by plain toe I'm not talking about whole cuts.
 

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Brogues are an Anglo American thing, if your image fits that aesthetics, then yes, brogues
 

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Don't overthink this. Whichever shoe YOU prefer will be more than fine. They're both attractive shoes and the likelihood that your interviewer is going to think either is "too formal" or "too informal" is ridiculous. Wear a white shirt and conservative tie and you'll be fine.
 

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Don't overthink this.  Whichever shoe YOU prefer will be more than fine.  They're both attractive shoes and the likelihood that your interviewer is going to think either is "too formal" or "too informal" is ridiculous.  Wear a white shirt and conservative tie and you'll be fine.

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