June 12, 2006 15:00 ET

Dress Like a VP on an Entry-Level Salary: Presents a Recent Grad's Guide to Discount Dress Shoes for Men

DANVERS, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 12, 2006 -- Last month, thousands of students graduated from colleges and universities across the United States. For many of those men, a spring formal may have been the last time they wore a pair of dress shoes. After four years of flip-flops and sneakers, the work force beckons, and Michael Ray, co-founder of discount shoe retailer, has some suggestions on how to dress like a V.P. on an entry-level salary.

Grapevinehill is also offering recent grads a special "sign on bonus" in the form of an online discount coupon worth $10 off any dress shoe purchase of $75 or more. Details can be found on

The Interview

For the interview, keep things very buttoned-down. A recent survey indicates that 51% of hiring managers consider "non-traditional interview attire" a strong negative influence on their hiring decision. Assuming you're going to be wearing a suit, you can't go wrong with a classic pair of black dress shoes. Remember, it's probably not bad to be a little more conservative for the interview and go with classic leather sole over rubber.

Always remember to keep your shoes polished and your heels unscuffed. And remember, your friends are all getting married soon, so you'll get your money's worth out of a nice pair.

For around $80.00, the Florsheim 18273 'Templin' Leather Oxfords Dress Shoes (reg. $140.00) has genuine leather uppers for comfort and durability and a classic style that will never fall out of fashion. Leather lining and a fully cushioned footbed provide a splendid interior and leather outsoles with non-slip heels blend high fashion with practicality.

For a more sophisticated look, the Mezlan 2013 Wingtips can be had for just under $100.00 (reg. $215.00). Handcrafted in Spain, these wingtips feature genuine deerskin and leather uppers for the ultimate in style, comfort and durability. A lightly padded footbed in combination with a leather lining will keep your feet cool and comfortable even under the toughest interviews.

Weekly Wear

Once you've landed the job, you can probably dress down a bit from your interview, as you want to be known for your performance, not your footwear. You'll want a couple of pairs in various colors, but you still want to keep a professional look that will be in step with your office.

Accounting Firm/Office Job

This is probably a traditional office. Keep it simple, black, brown or oxblood work the best. For around $60.00, Kenneth Cole 'Super Streaks' (reg. $110.00) with genuine leather uppers provide style, comfort and durability, and a generously cushioned footbed and durable outsole form a quality foundation.

About $60.00 will also get you the Steve Madden 'Exel' (reg. $90.00) which have a smooth leather upper and rubber sole to provides slip resistance and make for a more comfortable commute to and from the train.

High Tech Company/Advertising agency

You may have a little more latitude here so think outside the box. Try something sportier. You don't have to leave college behind with Dr. Martens '8C12' Leather Wingtips. At $59.99, the '8C12' (reg. $100.00) have a traditional wing-tipped leather upper but also feature Dr. Martens' world-famous air-cushioned sole and trademark yellow stitching around the sole.

For $59.00, you can get comfortable and weather resistant Timberland 68582 'Cedar Breaks' Leather Sport Shoes (reg. $100.00). They have genuine leather uppers, and a generously cushioned footbed provides all-day comfort, and a non-slip rubber outsole, perfect for less-than-perfect weather.

Investment Bank

You're in the world where appearance is everything and different is not necessarily good. You make decent money so let it show on your feet. For $80.00, the Bacco Bucci 'Columbo' Square-Toe Oxfords (reg. $155.00) have a clean classic look with the comfort to go all day.

At just under $200, the Ralph Lauren 'Carlson' Leather Oxfords (reg. $345.00) are made in England with premium calf-leather uppers. A leather outsole and non-slip heel insert combine high fashion with practicality.

Casual Friday

Here's your chance to show your funky side. Try something athletic-inspired that will match your khakis or jeans and show that you're not always "Mr. Shirt and Tie." For under $50.00, Steve Madden 'Stryker' Leather Casual Sport Shoes (reg. $75.00) are comfortable and go from the office to your evening plans without requiring a change of footwear.

If your office is super laid-back, try Medium's 'Expressionist' Slip-On Casual Shoes for $39.00 (reg. $79.00). A casual sporty slip-on with a Ballistic Fabric & Smooth Leather upper, a rounded toe, stitching accents, overlay detail and contrast-colored stripe.

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