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How to Find the Best Shoe for a Job Interview

Posted on February 16 2017



When you go in for a job interview, it’s important to put your best foot forward. According to a Job Outlook Study by NACE, employers were most influenced by a candidate’s overall grooming and how they dress.

Yes, it’s necessary to practice interview questions before your appointment. But believe it or not, your interview wardrobe choices are even more important for making a great first impression.

When putting together your interview outfit, don’t forget to consider your footwear. Shoes have the ability to make or break an ensemble, so make sure to pick out the best style to tie together your outfit.

Best Shoe Styles for Job Interviews

A general rule of thumb is to dress one step above what workers typically wear at the place you’re interviewing. So if workers typically wear a dress shirt and slacks, you may want to wear a suit. If the office is more casual, then you may want to dress more business casual.

When choosing the shoe to tie your interview outfit together, there are several aspects you need to consider.

  • Shoe Color: Unless interviewing for a job that deals with design or other creative fields, it’s best to stick with dark colors.
  • Material: Quality leather shoes make a great impression.
  • Laces: For men, lace-up shoes are typically preferred over slip-ons for job interviews.
  • Toe Shape: Whether your shoe’s toe is rounded, squared off, or pointed, it’s important to make sure the shape complements your entire outfit.
  • Decorative Details: Keep beading, jewels, and decorative stitching to a minimum.

Best Women’s Job Interview Shoe Styles

Franco Sarto: Doe

The decorative details on this shoe are just right to show off your personality. It’s a pump with subtle cutouts and a simple bow at the top of the heel. The black patent leather completes this classic look.

Vaneli: Taya

For those who feel more comfortable with a kitten heel, this pointed-toe pump is ideal. The classic black suits any outfit while the tortoise shell print patent leather toe cap gives it a unique look that is sure to make you stand out.

Franco Sarto: Allair

Simple lines on this shoe give it an elegant silhouette. The beautiful design would perfectly complement any interview outfit. Plus, subtle stitching on the side gives it just the right touch of unique style.


Best Men’s Job Interview Shoe Styles

Kenneth Cole Reaction: Mix-ed Drink

The clean lines on this modern oxford are complemented by the perforated detail on the toe. The stacked heel and hidden eyelet lace construction perfectly tie together this shoe’s overall appeal.

Kenneth Cole: Joy-Ous

Unique, perforated lines top off this oxford’s toe cap. Additionally, the smooth leather finish gives this shoe an elevated feel.

Nunn Bush: Nelson

While this shoe is a standard oxford, that doesn’t mean it’s boring. Traditionally brogued leather uppers feature medallion toes and five-eye lace-ups, bringing this traditional shoe into the 21st century.

Find Your Interview Shoe at SRI Shoe Warehouse

If you’re looking for the perfect job interview shoe, then look no further than the inventory at SRI Shoe Warehouse. We have styles for both men and women that will help you make that great first impression and land the job. You’re sure to find just what you’re looking for in our vast selection, and our helpful staff are here to answer any questions you may have.

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