If you are just getting into a professional career, I recommend three pairs of shoes.
1. Alden shell cordovan long wing bluchers (LWBs) in color #8.
2. Alden LWBs in a medium color like ravello or whiskey. I have the Alden for J Crew LWBs in waxed tobacco calfskin, but those were a limited run I think.
3. Black calfskin captoe balmorals.
With those three selections, you can pretty much run the show in any career other than a high rise building.