There's a lot of information out there about what you should wear to a job interview. Making sure to have freshly washed and iron shirts, pants, skirts or dresses is a must, of course, but most people may not have as much certainty about the best practices for wearing shoes to an interview.
With that in mind, below are five tips that will help ensure you come across as professional without sacrificing comfort:
1) Don't make them too flashy
In recent years, fashion for men's dress shoes in particular has become a lot more interesting than it used to be, but that usually isn't appropriate for a job interview, according to Houston Chronicle Work. Garish colors or styles usually won't go over well with a potential employer, most of whom are going to err on the side of being conservative with office attire. Sticking to something more traditional should help you impress a hiring manager.
2) Try not to wear new shoes
While this isn't something that's going to impact your chances to get the job much one way or the other, at least aesthetically, it's important to wear shoes that are broken in a bit, Houston Chronicle Work advised. After all, you want to be as comfortable as possible in an interview, and new shoes can chafe, pinch and otherwise cramp your feet.
3) Know what's appropriate for the job
Not all jobs are created equal when it comes to office attire, according to Live About. Some companies allow you to wear sneakers to work, while others expect high-end dress shoes. As with any other attire choice when you're going in for a job interview, it's a good idea to go "one up" from what you would wear on a day-to-day basis - i.e., business casual for a casual office, business for a business-casual office, etc. - to make the best impression.
4) Closed-toe is the way to go
For women, there is also the question of what type of shoes to wear, from flats to high heels, according to Indeed. That gives them plenty of choices for a number of jobs, but the one general rule all hiring experts would recommend is to go with closed-toe shoes. It's further advisable to avoid overly "strappy" shoes and, as with the suggestion above, to keep comfort in mind.
5) Dark is better
For both men and women, it's also wise to shy away from lighter shades when choosing their shoes, Indeed added. Black, charcoal or dark brown is a good idea for men's shoes, while women can also mix in navy or other darker hues. For dress shoes that require socks, it's also a good idea not to get too ostentatious with the colors or patterns. Often, simply matching the sock color to the rest of your outfit is the right move.
Again, it's usually a good idea to keep your footwear selections a little conservative for a job interview, because you want to project an air of seriousness and authority in most cases. Using your best judgment - or getting a second opinion - will usually steer you in the right direction.
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