What Are You (Really) Wearing? The Backstory on Brogues

BLG-1629 What Are You Really Wearing

Baffled by brogues? Get the scoop on this on-trend shoe here:

Brogues – a general term referring to the wing-tip oxford style – originated in Ireland and Scotland in the early 20th century. Countrymen wore these low-heeled, leather lace-ups with perforations (which were originally designed to allow water to drain from the shoes in wet terrain) as casual outdoor walking shoes.

Today, brogues still often feature cutouts, though they’re more for fashion than function. Rock this city-slicker favorite in leather or suede with a two-piece suit or blue jeans. Or snag some style bonus points and try a pair done up with multicolored soles and seam stitching.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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July 30, 2013