They are completely appropriate for business / interviews but I think it looks odd when a fresh grad comes in with a sack suit, cuffed pants and brogue shoes. For a junior interview candidate in a conservative FS firm, I’d recommend standard black oxford shoes.
Definitely agree. I hate when you get fresh grads starting and they turn up looking like city boy wankers with brogues, family crest cufflinks, braces and slicked hair like they’ve been waiting their whole lives to dress up like a twat
I like em. Would not wear them to interviews. But obviously dress conservative for the first little while and feel out the company culture especially when you’re starting out, keep your head down and work hard and show some initiative. Your work should be attracting attention, not your clothing.
I don’t think brogue shoes are either douchey or bsd. There are cheap shoes with that pattern and very costly ones as well. On black shoes, you often can’t see the pattern at all, so it can be subtle. On light brown shoes, it’s more obvious and noticeable. It’s really a fashion thing. They come into fashion at times and they go out of fashion. Right now they are out of fashion, though - to a certain extent - they are a fairly classic look that is never so out of fashion that you can’t wear them at all. They also look like something that might be on the verge of coming back into fashion. I tend to like them because I remember my grandfather using them and looking elegant, but my GF doesn’t like them, so I have stayed away recently. Some broguing is overly ornate anyway. I tend to think a brown shoe with a little broguing tends to go well with khaki colored trousers and similar shades. Deep burgundy goes with navy blue. Not sure if I like black shoes with broguing.