Answer: Yes, I totally would (and do) wear the Deer Stags with my SDBs. I don't even hesitate to wear them into important meetings with people wearing multiple stars on their collars.
First and most importatnly, it's totally allowed by the Navy uniform regulations.
Article 3501.54Let's see...
a. Males. Plain toed, oxford style black, brown, or white, low quarter, lace shoe, made of smooth leather or synthetic leather. The heel shall be an outside heel 3/4 inch - 7/8 inch high with a flat sole.
- Plain toed? Check!
- Oxford style? Check!
- Black? Check!
- Low Quarter? Check!
- Laces? Check!
- Smooth leather or synthetic leather? Check!
- Outside heel 3/4 to 7/8 inch high? Check!
- Flat sole? Check!
Second, even if you ran into someone who didn't know the uniform regs allowed it, it's not like they would be able to tell the difference anyway. I mean, I'd have to stand up on top of the conference table and lift my pant legs for people to realize they AREN'T Bates shoes. Here, let's see if you can tell the difference. Which of these pairs of shoes are the Bates and which are the Deer Stags? (Answer at the bottom of the page)
Third, they are sooooooo comfortable. It brings me joy and puts a smile on my face to go for a walk because they feel THAT good. I've even had to run a couple of blocks in them to catch the bus once or twice.
(Answer to the recce quiz up above: Shoe A is the Deer Stags, Shoe B is the Bates)