Accessory Alert: Brogues

October 14, 2009

Daily Digest

Accessory Alert: Brogues

Tighten those laces and snap on the braces, we adore the gentlemanly brogues which have come into prominence of late. Our American friends call them “Oxfords” but we call them “Brogues“. Some of you may not always opt for girlie garb when adding new wardrobe pieces, hence, these Oxford style shoes are classic, practical and no nonsense solution. Brogues are perfect for Autumn/Winter and add a fashionable austerity to any office rigout.

We’re not encouraging you to ditch your Louboutin heels, ankle boots or thigh highs, but rather offer you some smart options for those days when you would rather keep your shoe selection a little more down to earth.

If ever there was a trend which injected a little comfort and practicality into your business or street attire, this is it. Blame Agyness Deyn and everyone’s favourite indie chick, Alexa Chung, for the recent resurgence of these shoes, which are typically laced, made from heavy leather, and decorated with a perforated toecap.

The brand that jumps to mind for this style is Church’s, the British purveyors of hand-crafted brogues since 1873. These were once reserved for the gentry of the country and London bankers, but now they’re now available for sale on!

On the catwalk, Prada created a stunning pair of studded brogues a little earlier this year and left women wondering if they should adopt the look.

How to wear brogues

Go for patent or soft black leather brogue or try off white with metal detail.  Wear your brogues with black drainpipe trousers, a boyfriend blazer and soften the look with a beaded beret. If you’re a spectacle wearer, all the better, as it completes the look. You can also team up with a waistcoat – there are literally hundreds to choose from right now.

To help you achieve your own style success story, we have also gathered some celebrity examples to inspire you. The City star Whitney Port and new fashion debutante Emma Watson are both fans of this Annie Hall inspired look and will give you some visual tips for wearing these unisex shoes in the correct way.

Emma Watson’s brogues are two-tone (blush and black) which add a touch of femininity to these borrowed-from-the-boys shoes.  Seen here out for a walk in NYC, Whitney Port wore a pair of black-and-white brogues which we think, add some “polish” to her otherwise grungy look. Port mixed Topshop’s Kameryn Brogues (€125, no longer for sale) with Current Elliott’s The Boyfriend Jean (€304,80) in Super Love Destroyed, Wildfox’s Rose Raglan T-Shirt ($85 online, we couldn’t find it for sale this side of the Atlantic). She rounded off her tomboy look with DOMA’s Cropped Washed Leather Biker Jacket (€729.32, Net-a-porter).

Where to buy

You can purchase these unisex style shoes from Melissa  Black Flock Joy Lace Up Rubber Brogue (€78) or a particularly fancy patent pair from Christian Louboutin (€448.81), if your budget can stretch that far. For a posh alternative at a reasonable price, try Steve Madden’s Melin Brogues ($100, €68 from Steve Madden online).

If not, trusty Topshop has a selection of brogues too which are “just spiffing” as the folk at Church’s would declare; Kruz leather lace up in off white (£50, €55) or the Kandle brogue (£60, €65) in black patent.

Whichever you decide to try, we hope you enjoyed the shoe selection and examples we have chosen for you.

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6 Responses to “Accessory Alert: Brogues”

  1. cleansheets Says:

    as someone who is a lover of practi-fashion and is 177cm (5ft 10) in their socks: I don’t do heels everyday and love these. Now, off to find them for my big feet!

  2. orla Says:

    mmmm not sure about brogues. They didn’t suit me in primary school and as I am “challenged” in the natural height department, I need all the heels I can get!

  3. Lian Says:

    I love how they look. I have yet to buy a pair, but I tried them on once and they’re really comfortable, perfect for someone who doesn’t always wear heels (like me!). I just wonder if they’ll look god on my 5’3 120-pound frame.


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