white-shoe

[ hwahyt-shoo, wahyt ]
/ ˈʰwaɪtˈʃu, ˈwaɪt /

adjective

of or relating to members of the upper class who own or run large corporations: white-shoe bankers; a conservative white-shoe image.

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Origin of white-shoe

First recorded in 1975–80; apparently from the white shoes popular as moderately formal wear among suburban men c1980
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