The definition of a brogue is “a strong outdoor shoe with ornamental perforated patterns in the leather”. Like the oxford, it’s borrowed from men’s footwear styles and has enjoyed much popularity beginning with the 20’s. Speaking of Oxford, you don’t need an Oxford University degree to know that the election of Donald Trump next week would be a disaster! (I couldn’t resist getting that in).
Brogues are authentic, timeless classics; sporty, unisex and androgynous, and thus, could not be more in step (Ha!) with what’s happening today. This is why we are seeing so many iterations on runways and available in stores and online.
They range from the classic to the jazzy and while many have single soles and flat or block heels there are those that are plat formed (they are so vertiginous that they will give you a lift without wearing a traditional high heel). Needless to say, they work with everything jeans, pantsuits, shorts, and dresses.
It’s all in the attitude…
Here are 10 of my favorites, and they are anything but garden variety:
1 Robert Clergerie X Disney ‘Royal’ brogues in red and black patent, $1100 Click here for info/buy
2 Tod’s fringed leather brogues, $675. Click here for info/buy
3 Balenciaga black leather brogues decorated with giant silver studs, $855 Click here for info/buy
4 Prada rose gold leather brogues with classic perforations chunky jute and striped foam sole, $1100 Click here for info/buy
5 Stella McCartney metallic faux leather brogues with polished silver faux leather gold studs, $1100 Click here for info/buy
6 MM6 Maison Margiela silver-mirrored brogues, $430. Click here for info/buy
7 Church’s ‘Burwood’ metallic silver leather brogues, $311.27 Click here for info/buy
8 Proenza Schouler metallic-crinkled leather brogues, $780. Click here for info/buy
9 Lanvin black patent leather pointy toed brogues with plush velvet laces. $1085 Click here for info/buy
10 Tricot Comme des Garcons white leather slip on brogues, $630 Click here for info/buy