The Margin: Want to become a banker? Don’t wear brown shoes

Clothes may make the man, but it’s specifically the shoes that’ll make an investment banker.

That’s one of the key takeaways from a just published report by the U.K. Social Mobility Commission that found poorer job applicants may be discarded at a banking interview for simply wearing the wrong color of shoes.

The researchers found that some senior executives deem it unacceptable for men to wear brown shoes with a business suit as it doesn’t fit with the classic perception of a polished city banker.

“It is shocking,” said Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility Commission, “that some investment bank managers still judge candidates on whether they wear brown shoes with a suit, rather on than their skills and potential.

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