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    I'm a recent college grad who just started up my first "real job" in a university neuroscience lab. I could easily get away with wearing a t-shirt to work, but probably couldn't get away with wearing a sport coat.


    I'm looking for a pair of shoes that I could wear with jeans and a polo or button-down shirt, that are at least one notch above sneakers, and preferably dark brown. Right now I'm considering a pair of brown on brown Sperry's or wingtip boots (dark brown Mr. Bs maybe?). What do you guys think about these choices, and what else should I be considering? I already have a pair of desert boots to cover the lighter color side of things, and I have a pair of somewhat oddly colored Sebago Docksides.


    #2


    Question: when you say you're working in a lab, do you mean you'll be standing up all day, working with chemicals or other stuff that could potentially spill on your shoes? Or are you sitting at a desk, doing paperwork?

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      #3


      My go-to casual shoes are the Bostonian Eastbend. Go with pretty much anything and available in dark brown. Will work equally well with jeans or chinos.


      http://www.amazon.com/Bostonian-EAST.../dp/B003UU998G

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        #4


        I'm not a fan of the size of the broguing (too large) on the Mr. Bs wingtip boots. Depending on your price point, I would go with one of these:


        Stafford Camlin (they look better in person and work with Jeans, Chinos and Slacks)

        http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom/shoes/boots/stafford-camlin-mens-boots/prod.jump?ppId=pp5001521743&catId=cat100300058&dep tId=dept20000018&


        Florsheim Gaffney (the lug sole will not work with dress slacks or suits but look great with Jeans and Chinos).

        http://www.florsheim.com/shop/style/15030-205.html


        Florsheim Hawley (also on the casual side)

        http://www.florsheim.com/shop/style/12085.html


        AE Dalton (these go with everything from Jeans to suits - I own them in dark chocolate)

        http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline...40000000001_-1

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          #5


          oops, double post

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            #6


            A suede buck might be a good move


            What's your budget?


            The Bass Brockton is a hell of a deal at around $50.

            "Waste no time arguing what a good man should be. Be one." – Marcus Aurelius

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              #7


              Juan's post +1 (AE Daltons - if you can swing it, they go with everything).

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                #8


                Thanks for the responses! I like the bucks a lot, but since I will be working with some pretty nasty stuff (chemicals, biohazards, etc.), and already have a pair of suede DBs, I feel like they might not be ideal. They're definitely something I didn't think of though.


                As for the boots, I really like the Staffords and the AEs. I might pick up a pair of one... or stalk ebay for the other. I do live in a very very hot climate though, so boots might not be wearable for a few more months.


                As for budget, <$100 is ideal, <$200 would be feasible for something that would really last.


                Is there anything else I'm missing?

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                  #9


                  I just bought these: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/c...BRAND%3DCalvin Klein%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D54%26ruleId%3D66%26slotId%3 D2


                  A suede, chocolate brown double monk strap. Suede goes with anything and monk straps can be dressed up or down relatively easily (they are considered more of a loafer).


                  On sale until tomorrow.

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                    http://www.jcpenney.com/dotcom//stafford-ashton-mens-wingtip-dress-shoes/prod.jump?ppId=1b9aceb&navState=navState-:catId-:subcatId-:subcatZone-false:N-:Ns-:Nao-0s-24n-1:Ntt-Wingtip:Nf-:action-search&catId=SearchResults


                    http://www.florsheim.com/shop/style/13178-200.html


                    http://www.florsheim.com/shop/style/14097-200.html


                    http://www.florsheim.com/shop/style/14098-200.html


                    Florsheim 20% off code: Next20

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                      #11


                      "My go-to casual shoes are the Bostonian Eastbend. Go with pretty much anything and available in dark brown. Will work equally well with jeans or chinos.


                      http://www.amazon.com/Bostonian-EAST.../dp/B003UU998G "


                      I also own a pair of these and they are amazing casual shoes. I love them. Very comfortable and nice looking show.

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                        #12


                        I also have these, in both brown and black: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/calvin-klein-shoes-heron-strap-slip-on-loafers?ID=401224&CategoryID=18470#fn=sp%3D1%26spc %3D54%26ruleId%3D5%26slotId%3D17


                        a dressier driving moc. extremely versatile, can be dressed up or down.

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                          #13


                          Hmmm. Juan may have found a winner with the Florsheim Doon.

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                            #14


                            didnt Joe just do a post on this? http://dappered.com/2012/08/the-sugg...brown-lace-up/

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