There has been a lot of brogue-bashing of late, but with everyone from Potter-princess (and Burberry poster-girl) Emma Watson to style goddess Alexa Chung sporting the boyish Oxford classics, and with the brogue revolution set to continue into A/W 2010 perhaps it is time to put those ill-begotten prejudices aside and rethink this season’s most misunderstood shoe.
Yes, there’s no denying it, they are boyish, masculine – mannish even – but they’re also a little bit cheeky, a little bit geeky and offer a quirky alternative to the ubiquitous ballet flat of seasons past.
In fact, it’s precisely their masculine edge which makes brogues so chic, fun and versatile: it is all about the contrast! Think academic déshabillé meets mussed-up femininity in a boho summer dress and blazer or cow-girl casual in rolled-up jeans and a simple oversized tee.
Clémence Poésy for Vogue April 2010
Fear not oh ye devotees of the heel! Heeled-brogues are here (and make a stylish change to boring old office courts)
Office: Brogue Baby Tan Leather (also in black & blue)
Faith: Lanel peep-toe Brogue heels.
Camper: patent nude and black heeled brogues.
Basic brown and black too boring? Look for prissy prints, block brights, pretty pastels and classy detailing…
Office: Frank red leather – also available in black, brown, green, blue… and with different detail options…
Office: Frank tan leather and canvas
Paul Smith: Watercolour Floral Brogue
Faith: Baby Pink Brogue
Tip: Why not replace your laces with ribbon à la Meadham Kirchhoff s/s 2010 for a girly/edgy vibe?
So… lover or hater?