My footwear choices are more weather dependant than anything else.
Flip-flops in summer (ok the classy kind), to snow or mud-boots, and usually something in between: my favorites are "White Mountain" brand ladies wear - relatively inexpensive, long wearing and good looking.
I always wear the same footwear for appraisal assignments:
Black lace-up oxfords and zipper rubber boots -- all seasons of the year!
The boots are easy to put on and take off, winter and summer.
In any weather OTHER than a nice sunny dry day, I appear in the foyer wearing rubber zipped up boots. I take them off and am NEVER asked to remove my shoes. On that rare occasion that I am asked to do the latter, I simply state in my most polite manner, 'That's the reason I wore the boots ... to keep my shoes clean enough to come inside.'
Step right out into the living room while talking.
With my system, you are never unprepared. Doggie-doo you scrape off on the welcome mat upon departing the property. I also carry several large plastic bags in the car trunk, because doggie-doo boots aren't that easy to wash and you can't get back into the car still wearing them.
The lady looking out the window seeing you take off your dirty boots to get into the car will be totally reinforced in the wisdom of your method.
Dansko leather clogs, summer (no sox) or winter (wool sox). Slip 'em on when I get out of the car. Nice high soles keep your feet out of muck, and you can easily slip 'em off before you track whatever around the interior. Indestructible, comfortable, and you can rinse off the soles if necessary.
These shoes are favored by my horse-loving friends for stall-mucking, so you know they've gotta handle most everything (tho I never deal with snow or ice).
Evan Piccone 3' pumps in a variety of colors to match my business suits. :lol: :lol:
Honestly, whatever cheap, flat slip ons that I'm not going to be upset about scuffing, stepping in puppy torpedos, or scratching the dickens out of when I troop through the lava rock landscaping. Must be reasonably good condition so that I'm not embarrased of them when I temporarily leave them on the rug in the entryway. Nothing with laces, they attract grass burrs. Ouch!
I like the idea of the extra pair in the car and plastic bag for those times when you do hit the pet excrements. Gonna try that one.
What shoes do you wear? Interesting question. About three months ago something very interesting happened to me that relates to this question. I was appraising a new freestanding retail store building in a small rural town about 30 miles from my office. I wear high top hiking boots, a utility vest with numerous pockets for all my appraisal tools, had on brown pants and an Indiana Jones hat, my standard costume I have worn for years.
I walked around the building taking pictures, did my inspections and gathered all of the site data, got in my four-wheel drive scooter, and head out the access road.
As I got to the corner of the subject lot and the main street there was a four-wheel vehicle like mine parked at the corner and a young guy dressed exactly in the same costume I had on was standing at the corner taking pictures of the subject. My first thought was, man, I am in the twilight zone! If he had been 15 minutes earlier we could have had an interesting encounter. I guess he was an appraiser getting comp data. I started to stop and say: “Boy! You be wearing style.” I have since considered putting out my own “Austin” brand of appraisal attire. If you wear “Austin” you be styling.