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I recently bought a pair of dark brown AE Park Avenue dress shoes on ebay and thought they would be good for a navy blue suit for IB interviews.

But someone was telling me that it's best to wear black shoes and only black shoes for finance interviews. Is this true?

This probably seems really petty, but i feel that theres a fine line between looking sharp and looking pretentious, and I dont want to cross it haha.

Thanks in advance

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Comments (28)

  • MarginCalling's picture

    if you want to affect poor taste to come off as a hard working student then perhaps black shoes

  • computerblue's picture

    No need to push the envelope during an interview. I would wear black to be on the safe side.

  • PatrickBateman's picture

    dark brown PA's could work with navy suit since they are the standard conservative interview shoe. for the most part however i would advise to stick with black for interviews

  • joemontana's picture

    I don't know much about shoes. Are black Park Avenues a good choice for a BB interview?

  • TheKing's picture

    ......these responses are ridiculous. A nice pair of brown shoes will be fine with your navy suit.

  • In reply to joemontana
    pedigreed monkey's picture

    joemontana:
    I don't know much about shoes. Are black Park Avenues a good choice for a BB interview?

    they say Park Ave's are a pretty classic interview shoe. took me a while to realize how cheap my kenneth cole oxford's looked, so i recently picked up a pair of Park Aves. i suggest looking on ebay.com or some discount sites/outlet malls. Park Avenue's retail for $325 and i think thats quite expensive for internship interviews. unless your parents are loaded, then spend away

  • EE's picture

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  • pedigreed monkey's picture

    this whole thread is pretty tool-ish, i gotta admit. i think it made the front page to make fun of how inane some of us can be. but it is pretty interesting to see how some people are vehemently against brown shoes in interviews, at this point i cant imagine it being a big deal.

  • joemontana's picture

    Thanks Pedigree.

  • Jason Borne's picture

    You might get the job based on the selection of shoes, I mean, shoe selection goes a long way in client meetings.

  • GenghisKhan's picture

    I like the Park Avenues a lot, but do yourself a favor and wear black shoes. They do look more professional, and do you really want to take your chances in a year like this?

    I've had colleagues ding people for wearing banker shirts, suspenders, double-breasted jackets, peak lapel jackets and the like. Personally, I may have thought those colleagues were assholes anyway, but the kid didn't get the offer regardless of what I thought of the banker in question. How many guys with long hair do you think make it through the process with an offer? Details sometimes matter, whether they should or not.

    Let me tell you a personal story: the last time I interviewed for a job, I left the John Lobbs and the H. Huntsman at home, and donned a well-tailored Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald suit and a pair of spit-shined Aldens. Look at your interview attire as a uniform, rather than an expression of your personality.

  • SBE's picture

    but black shoes don't seem to be a great fit for a dark navy suit. I have a nice pair of shoes that are almost burgundy in color that I wear with a dark navy suit. Do black shoes go with every type of navy suit?

  • nystateofmind's picture

    Black will pretty much go w/ any type of navy suit. I'd say show me a navy suit black doesn't go with..

  • Rickets's picture

    This is an old thread on Wilmott.com:
    http://www.wilmott.com/messageview.cfm?catid=16&th...

    Here is one of the posts:

    "A very good friend of mine who worked at one of the major names on Wall Street said that they could not decide between two equally qualified applicants. One of the candidates wore brown shoes to the final interview and lost out."

  • In reply to Rickets
    Oconnor's picture

    Rickets:
    This is an old thread on Wilmott.com:
    http://www.wilmott.com/messageview.cfm?catid=16&th...

    Here is one of the posts:

    "A very good friend of mine who worked at one of the major names on Wall Street said that they could not decide between two equally qualified applicants. One of the candidates wore brown shoes to the final interview and lost out."

    Whether bs or not it does highlight the fact - why would you take any risk you don't have to at an interview - for gods sake u can wear whatever you want once you get the job. These q's keep coming up, if you don't have the sense to dress conseratively for an interview then you are lacking much of the common sense required on the job.

  • In reply to Rickets
    Oconnor's picture

    Rickets:
    This is an old thread on Wilmott.com:
    http://www.wilmott.com/messageview.cfm?catid=16&th...

    Here is one of the posts:

    "A very good friend of mine who worked at one of the major names on Wall Street said that they could not decide between two equally qualified applicants. One of the candidates wore brown shoes to the final interview and lost out."

    Whether bs or not it does highlight the fact - why would you take any risk you don't have to at an interview - for gods sake u can wear whatever you want once you get the job. These q's keep coming up, if you don't have the sense to dress conseratively for an interview then you are lacking much of the common sense required on the job.

  • nystateofmind's picture

    That's the problem w/ most of these kids. It's not "let's do everything I can to help myself get the job." It's instead, "what can I get away with and still maybe get the job." The idea that you'd risk it to perhaps stick it to the man is something to think about.

    pedigreed monkey:
    but it is pretty interesting to see how some people are vehemently against brown shoes in interviews, at this point i cant imagine it being a big deal.

    No offense, but why ask for advice and then disregard it "as not being a big deal"?

  • milkman84's picture

    Ridiculous that brown shoes are considered "risky" and "pushing the envelope"...

  • In reply to GenghisKhan
    computerblue's picture

    GenghisKhan:

    I've had colleagues ding people for wearing banker shirts, suspenders, double-breasted jackets, peak lapel jackets and the like. Personally, I may have thought those colleagues were assholes anyway, but the kid didn't get the offer regardless of what I thought of the banker in question. How many guys with long hair do you think make it through the process with an offer? Details sometimes matter, whether they should or not.

    What's wrong with wearing a peak lapel jacket?

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